It's coming to the end of the season...you are probably tired, burnt out and ready for it all to be over (at least till next season) And why wouldn't you? As a hockey mom, you are most likely taking care of the whole family including your high maintenance hockey player. To them, you are:
- Chauffeur...which often means sacrificing the type of vehicle you REALLY want ending up with SUV or minivan and then providing taxi services at ungodly times of the day and night.
- Equipment manager...early on this means hauling, de-funking, storing and actually dressing them in it but as the years go by you are merely the credit card to purchase the equipment.
- Nutritionist...keeping them away from the concession stand isn't your only job because that crockpot doesn't turn itself on!
- Psychologist...for those hard rides home, tryouts that don't work out and locker room squabbles.
- Accountant..those fees don't pay themselves!
- Laundress...because jersey and under clothes stink..really bad.
- Personal assistant...I am going to bet that your player is like mine and doesn't know where, when or what she is supposed to be doing most of the time.
With all of that going on, it's rare that the typical hockey mom will take care of herself. And that's a shame because without you the game does not go on, the season comes to a standstill and those jerseys stand up on their own making everyone in a 10 mile radius eyes water.
So, what's a mom to do?
- Hydrate. No, you cannot live on Starbucks or, for our friends to the North, Tim Hortons alone. Woman cannot survive on mere coffee or hot chocolate...and because I am hearing those protests right now, at least try alternating between coffee and water. We here in the desert know the importance of getting that water in and your hair, nails and skin will thank you.
- Exercise. While hauling equipment in and out of a car and in and out of rink could be considered conditioning, you may want to throw some more in. This is one I am always working on..but why not try yoga? It's exercise and meditation all in one. And we all need a little stress relief after that nail biter. You know the one. Really strapped for time? Walk around the rink or like a mom I know, do the stairs.
- Practice Gratitude. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle but like my good friend Ferris Bueller says "Life moves fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Stop. Be grateful for that craziness and then get moving, you have another practice to get to!
- Pamper Yourself. Take a class, do a girls night (other hockey moms would be most appreciative), meet a friend for lunch (not in a rink concession stand), learn a language (I am working on French because I plan to visit Montreal one day!) get your nails done...get the team colors if that makes you feel better!
My point is that a lot of people rely on you so YOU need to be the best YOU you can be. That's a lot of you's but YOU get the idea..I hope.
Any other ideas to keep your engine running smoothly? Let me know! Au revoir!