photo credit: Kristin Reuter Photography
Rage Cleaning.. You know, where you are just so pissed, "WATCH OUT KIDS, MAMA's COMING THROUGH!" and everyone hides in their rooms. Yeah, that is rage cleaning. Maybe my rage cleaning is equivalent to you going for a run or organizing your cupboards. Its like a release... all this built up energy, emotions (mostly anger or frustration, or both) and just letting it all out through cleaning. It's productive, right?
Maybe it's not HOW we are channeling our energy but WHAT is triggering the action itself. A few weeks ago on Midweek Mental Check, we talked about coping. Rage Cleaning would definitely fall under that category of coping while actively parenting, OR however you channel that built up energy. WHATEVER YOU DO TO COPE IS A GREAT STEP to follow knowing our TRIGGERS.
Let's take a step back. WHAT is causing us to Rage Clean & WHY do we let it effect us. Again, channeling our energy into something like Rage Cleaning is a positive action and we just need to identify our triggers that cause it:
Loss of identity.
on.. and on... and on... right? Look deeper. WHAT is it about the kids, or your relationship or work? For me it's when the kids are too loud (slamming doors, running, throwing things) and my husband's lack of patience with the kids or a sudden change of plans when I already felt confident in how my day was going to go. These are the types of triggers that we need to identify within ourselves in order for us to take the beginning steps in our maternal mental wellness.