The Motherhood...It’s Really Pretty Funny
We often say “the motherhood is real”. Or it’s hard. Or it’s overwhelming. But really, isn’t it quite funny? Sometimes it’s difficult to find the humor when you are in the hustle. But if you give yourself a chance, I bet you may realize that it is all pretty funny.
At FIT4MOM, we often share parenting advice. But it’s time that we advise you to lighten up and laugh more. As a mom to two teenagers, it’s easy for me to look back on my kids younger years and laugh at it all. I just wish that I laughed more in the moment. Being stoic and serious does not make for a happy family. Levity defies gravity. It can lift us up from the serious moments.
“We don’t laugh because we’re happy—we’re happy because we laugh.”
Whether you approach it as play or humor, researchers all agree that it’s good for our outlook and our health. How often are you laughing at life? Or yourself? Laughter will reduce stress, improve mood, improve sleep and relationships.
Sometimes we have those moments where we don’t know if we should laugh or cry. Well, before you decide; here’s another quote for ya..
“ Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl
So, when your baby wakes up for the umptteenth time or you spill the pumped breast milk, or your spouse forgets it was his day to drive carpool, or you have poop on your work shirt, or your toddler draws on the couch... give yourself a moment, a space. And choose your response. Motherhood should require a sense of humor. Find the humor in the chaos, the messes, the tiredness. Laughter is the best antidote to a stressful situation.
In fact, see what happens when you start responding to your family with humor and laughter. It changes the tone of pretty much every bad situation. It will diffuse tension and help everyone feel better.
If you are feeling low in the levity bank, start by changing your point of view. Is it possible that there is another way to look at your situation? Take a step back from the situation. Smile. Focus on what there is to be grateful for. I’ve learned that a sense of humor is like a muscle that needs exercise. Start listening to funny podcasts, reading funny mom blogs, watching funny comedy on TV. Surround yourself with other funny people. Turn motherhood into a game and see who can have the funniest mom story. In fact, I hope you share one of your funniest moments as a mom so we can all share the laughter and see that we are not alone.