I survived a Toddler Meltdown and Mercury Retrograde.

I feel like a deserve a freakin’ medal for making it through today alive.

Between a toddler meltdown (that started sometime around 8:30 PM yesterday, rekindled again at 4 AM, continued on throughout the morning), burning three pieces toast, AND learning that today was also the start of Mercury being in retrograde …

Let’s just say I was contemplating pouring myself a generous glass of wine by 9 AM.

A shower and a round of tapping/EFT helped me take back my morning and The Babe and I managed to have an okay day. That is, of course, until nap time came and The Babe lost her shit because she didn’t want to sleep in her crib.

And then I was right back to wanting wine.

I settled for some peanut butter thumbprint cookies instead and was forced to take a nap (with a toddler pressed against my chest).

Zero alone time.

Zero personal space.

Extremely grumpy Mama.

With today’s avalanche of awful, I decided to do a little research on Mercury Retrograde and why it causes so much misery. And instead of finding some article that says to bury your head in the sand, I found something else.

Something … better.

(Image source: Well+Good)

This post from Well+Good acknowledges the seemingly negative implications that come from Mercury being in retrograde, but it also takes a refreshingly different perspective.

From the article:

The period can actually be a super positive one. During Mercury retrograde (the next of which begins April 28), the subconscious mind is on more equal footing with the conscious mind than normal … thus the “haywire” reputation comes from the conscious mind being less effective at controlling everyday things.

The post goes on to say that this is the perfect time to take a look at what’s going on in your life, implement any changes — dietary, health, lifestyle — that you’ve been contemplating, revisit affirmations and mantras as they become supercharged (!), and even tap into your creativity and intuition more deeply.

So now, as I sit here soaking my feet in an Epsom Salt bath and listen to The Babe scream MAMA COME BACK IN for the 800th time, I’ve got a new lease on life.

Okay, maybe not.

The screaming is making me feel equal parts anxious and like I’m scarring my child for life by ignoring her. BUT. I do have a new lease on Mercury Retrograde. One that I’m excited to put into practice for the next 20 days.

Because, yeah. That’s how long it will be around.


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Emily Levenson is a therapist turned holistic health coach, podcaster, meditation encourager, and seeker of everyday magic. Emily recently kicked off her third #The100DayProject, focusing her efforts on daily meditation.

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