Yesterday was one of "those days". You know, the ones that pass in a blur - the baby is crying, the phone is ringing, a thousand of things demand your attention and you can't do anything... by midday, you are ripping your hair out. By the end of the day, you are exhausted and can barely hold up a sane conversation with your husband before you crawl into bed.
When "those days" happen, it's important to remember: it's not everyday, and tomorrow will probably be much better. All you need is some strategies to keep afloat for the next several hours.
Make a plan. However small, short-term and unambitious it may be, a plan will help you feel you are in charge of the situation. When you say, now I'm going to make beds, and later wash the dishes, and then you go ahead and do it, you feel... hey, I'm still able to think!
Make a list of the things you have accomplished. Often, at the end of a day, it seems as though you did nothing. But when you think about it, you realize that you made the beds, washed the dishes, took out the garbage, cooked dinner, packed your husband's lunch for the next day and swept the floor. It might be less than you wanted to do, but it's not "nothing".
Be inspired. Do you have a book, web site or blog that encourages you on your journey as a wife and mother? Take a peek at it whenever you have time during the day, or even just keep its main ideas in your mind as you work (or race around). Some ladies keep daily homemaking journals or notebooks of inspirational quotes, which is a great idea. If you have a friend who understands and encourages you, and you can steal a few minutes to talk on the phone, that's even better - but it doesn't often happen on "those days".
Welcome your husband. When he comes home from work, remember he probably had a hard day as well. He had been away from home all day, and he has to keep up with the expectations of a boss and/or co-workers and/or clients. Even if the house is a mess and there's no dinner, smile at him. It will make all the difference in the world.
Unwind. It can be a bowl of ice-cream you and your husband share once the children are in bed, or a few pages of a good book, or simply sitting outside for a little while - anything that helps you relax.
Pray. The Almighty can get us through anything, so surely He can get us through "those days". Pray to be calm, patient, devoted and loving throughout a difficult day.
And remember, "those days" don't last forever. Someday, maybe even tomorrow, you'll look back and smile. Just be easy on yourself, your husband and your children. It will pass.