|Barre during one of L's tea parties.|
When I am with my daughter she can just take over everything. She has such a large personality with such a flare for dramatics that it's hard to not pay attention to her. So when I am in the middle of a crisis the easiest way for me to deal is to stop everything and just be. Be with L and spend the day like a four year old. I step back and let everything flow over me. All of life's little pleasures take me away for awhile.
Before I had my daughter I went through many crisis. Most of them family health oriented. I was always the person who shut down emotionally, dealt with everything that needed to be done, and then broke down afterwards. It worked for me. I am fairly certain, however, that I like my methods now soooo much more!
L and I have had tea parties (with boa adorned dogs), jumped in rain puddles, and ran through fields of flowers while in the middle of a crisis. We've taken nature walks, done amazing art, and baked lots of muffin and cookies together. My daughter has never had any idea that "something" is actually going on. She just thinks Mommy is being super fun.
When in the middle of a personal health crisis I try to do the same. It's scaled back considerably depending on what is hurting that day or how low my energy level is. But, hey, coloring with crayons in my girl's favorite princess coloring book can become so peaceful!
Of course there are always extra things I add to that recipe....Prayer, my husband, parents, and friends. But nothing beats sitting down with my daughter's favorite princesses for a tea party. Now, if you don't mind, pull up a chair and pass the iced cookies please!
Chronic Babes newest blog topic for their Blog Carnival is.... "How do you handle a crisis?".