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Being a parent is hard, as I’m sure many of you know. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely rewarding to watch your babies grow up but stressful at the same time. I’m a single mother of 4 who are 6 to 18 years old with many changes and events going on this year. There are just so many huge milestones and meaningful moments this year. Even as I write this I’m struggling. This year has probably been the hardest year for me because of all the changes and the milestones going on with all of my kiddos. My baby started kindergarten this year and she’d been home with me since she was born. It took everything in me not to pack us a bag and high tail it out of the country. But she’s adjusted so well, much better then me and she’s even let me come and eat lunch with her one time. I take what I can get.
Right after I let her go off to kindergarten our doctor discovered a deformity in my son’s knee bone and surgery was the only answer. This surgery meant having 15 holes drilled into his knee bone, and if you’re a parent, you know how difficult it is to watch your child hurt. I wanted to take his place, but I couldn’t. It has been a long and stressful 2 months getting him recuperated and I’m so glad to say that he is now off of his crutches after a long 9 weeks and completely recovered in time for tennis next Spring.A couple of weeks after the surgery, my 16 year old had his Senior ring ceremony, which is another HUGE milestone. I have to say this one was a little easier than last year when my oldest received his, but it’s still never 100% easy. I didn’t know at this point if I could even make it through the rest of the year without having a crybaby-Mom meltdown. But I HAD to pull it together, because our school year was just starting. Last Friday was Senior Day and it was an emotional week for me and even Daniel. We’ve both been a little sad, but happy, and more than a little clingy.
He’s a Momma’s boy, but he’s so excited to be done with school soon and looking forward to starting his life, and his career in welding. I look at this big boy still and see him just like this, my baby boy. It’s hard to grasp sometimes how quickly time flies by, and if I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. How did this happen?Senior Day started with the seniors getting to write their names on the football field to be displayed when they took their Senior walk. Daniel wanted to have a little fun and he wrote his nickname, Dirty Dan. After they painted their names on the field, we got to watch a slideshow in honor of our seniors at the pep rally. Each of us parents had sent in several pictures of our seniors from baby age to present. They then had the seniors sit on the floor while it played through. Not a dry Momma’s eye in the place. It’s not just our own children we’ve watched grow up, it’s your children, their classmates they’ve had for the last 18 years, and your children’s friends who have come over and eaten your food for many many years. I held my tears in for the most part, but as soon as I watched my son’s pictures go across that screen, I had to leave. Both so I could cry (again) in private, and also because it was time to pick up my daughter from school. I also felt a headache coming on, so as soon as I got to my car I found my **Excedrin® Tension Headache and took one. These are my go-to Aspirin-free headache relief and I always keep some in my car as well as at home. Although the tension headaches are really a bummer, I’m thankful that they aren’t migraines. I was diagnosed with migraines a few years back and for that I chose to use Excedrin® Migraine rather than prescription meds. When you have a migraine, it demands a migraine solution: Excedrin Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes.* Fortunately over the last year, my migraines have become less and less frequent, but I still like to keep Excedrin® Migraine on hand just in case.
My day wasn’t finished, we still had Ethan’s football game to go watch, and then the Senior walk afterward. I wasn’t going to let a headache get in my way and make me miss that night! As soon as my headache was gone, I was good to go. I got to watch Ethan play in the last home game and then watched my son walk the field with his fellow classmates and best friends.
I didn’t cry this time though…..okay that’s a lie. I was glad to have gotten to be there for all of these events. We took a few pictures after the senior walk of course so we could have something to remember these meaningful moments in Daniel’s life.
In addition to keeping Excedrin® on hand for my worst days, I also have some tips on how I relieve stress and relax before a headache comes on.
7 Easy Tips and Tricks to Help Relax and De-Stress
- Read a Book – This is something that almost always calms me down, so when I do find myself with a little quiet time to myself, I pick up a book and dive into it.
- Chew Gum – I don’t know what it is about chewing gum that relaxes me, but it seems to help me calm down without even thinking about it.
- Take a Hot Bubble Bath – One of my most favorite things to do when I have the chance. I usually turn off the lights and light a candle and just lay in there and relax.
- Get to Bed Early – I have a bad habit of staying up super late most nights. But I’ve found that the nights I force myself to go to bed early always leave me feeling almost brand new the next morning.
- Remember to breathe and by that I mean I go to my bedroom, turn off all the noise, turn down the lights, and I lay on my bed and just focus on breathing. Usually after about 10-15 minutes I feel tons better.
- Take a walk – I used to do this more, and I need to get back to it. Walking offers so many great health benefits, and it was always a great way to get my mind off my worries and de-stress.
- Talk to My Momma because I know everything I’m going through now, she’s gone through it too…..and she survived, so that means I will too!
Life is too short and goes too fast to let headaches stop you from meaningful moments in your life. Ask your doctor about Excedrin® to see which one would be right for you. You can find Excedrin® in the Pain Relief aisle at your local Walmart.
**I am not a medical professional, and my own usage of these products has been discussed with my family doctor. Please consult with your doctor if you are suffering from headaches and if using Excedrin® use as directed after you educate yourself with Excedrin® Warnings in Usage.
*Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016
Consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines.