Frazzled and on my last nerve

I don’t think I need to explain it.  “Frazzled and on my last nerve” is a universal condition.

That’s why we repin the funny ecards that say things like

I’m sorry for what I said when I was hangry.

or I had one last nerve and you’re on it.

I’ve had it up. to. here.

Sound familiar?

Do you know what’s after your last nerve?

For me, it’s not pretty.

When I reach my last nerve, there’s a very strong chance that someone is going to end up in tears.

There’s a 99.9% chance of regret.

The only thing that can possibly save me is a quick mommy time out, preferably with something to steady my nerves (prayer, chocolate, peanut butter, queso, or wine).

If you just imagined me in the bathroom praying while I’m scooping peanut butter out of the jar with my fingers then you’re my new best friend.

Do you know what came before your last nerve?

No, I’m not talking about the three hour Dora-thon you endured.

No, I’m not talking about the hour long tween drama over a 10 minute homework assignment.

Do you know what was before your next to the last nerve?  The nerve before that.

What if…

(I know this is crazy talk.  Just hear me out)

Instead of waiting until I’m down to my very last frazzled nerve and hiding in the bathroom eating peanut butter straight from the jar as I pray to Jesus, what if I did something BEFORE my last nerve.

What if I could prevent myself from EVER being down to that last nerve?

Let’s say I was down to my last THREE nerves.  Instead waiting to wear through two of the three, I just go right ahead and take a calm mommy time out.  So I turn the television volume knob down or send the child to play… or maybe I tell my tween to chill for a few minutes while I go to the bathroom.

I’d get myself together and still have nerves left – for when things got really bad.

Huh.

What if I never waited until I was down to my last nerve?

Then I’d still have a tiny bit of margin left to deal with the crazy chaos of my kids.

Hmmm…

Call me crazy, but I think it might just work.

What do you think?

 

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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