Some days just need a change in them, you know? Nothing terrible has happened, but the time is dragging or you feel irritable or children are restless. Here's three simple things that I find helpful for us.
I enjoy quiet too much to play music all day, so sometimes I forget to turn it on at all. However, if I am feeling sluggish or I have a cleaning task, there's nothing like some upbeat music to energize me. If my mind is taking all the wrong turns, I need to turn on some praise or scripture music to get back on track.
For my children, there is something hypnotic about Veggie Tales music... no joke! They will play more independently and contentedly without me if Veggie Tales are setting the soundtrack. We also have music that they love to dance to (Sandra Boynton and some of the Slugs and Bugs). Recently, they have been absolutely captivated by a library CD, Jazz for Babies. The several times I've played it, they've sat and listened, not doing anything else other than getting out toy instruments to join in and asking "what song comes next?" Wow.
Sometimes you just need a fresh face to change the tone of a day. I can't count how many days have been rescued by a visit from a friend. Seeing someone else's perspective, hearing their stories, playing games their way... these all help to get us out of our ruts. This strategy is harder for me to implement spontaneously, but I try to schedule it in often enough that it comes on those days when we really need it.
You know those days when everything seems to go wrong? By 8am, you've already given a succession of time-outs, or the afternoon has been filled with tears instead of smiles? Those are moments we take to Jesus. We bring our tear-stained cheeks, our rebellious hearts, our weary bodies and we ask for grace and help, for joy, and for peace in our home. I LOVE LOVE to be able to talk to my children an hour later or at bedtime and remind them what we prayed for and show them how kindly and clearly God answered our prayer. This happens all the time!
What strategies do you use when you need a change in your day?