One basic tenet of mindfulness, is acceptance. In fact they can sometimes be interchangeable concepts. Using acceptance in meditation is a powerful tool. We practice it by observing ourselves in our most intimate state while gently stating that all that we are is okay.
To be able to accept what is can bring relief; some things we can take care of and change, while other things are the way they are. Instead of fighting reality, loosing your energy in doing so, give your full attention to the things needing to be done. By accepting what is and not giving into complaints of a situation that actually cannot be different, you have a way out of the tension that otherwise can build up anguish and aversion to complete a task.
Accepting all the parts of the day: dropping the kids at school, being on top of the work load, cooking dinner dinner and getting the laundry done, handling the social part and not reclining into solitude, they are all important, well necessary, components needing to be done.
Finding a way to get these things done without too much resistance, can in turn open up the space and time to take care of ourselves better.
However an important thing to ask is, what is really needed? For example, do the children really need four different activities, talk to them about their favorite ones and perhaps change sometimes.
Try simplifying by planning ahead: grocery list, evening and breakfast meals, running errands, a tip is to make good use of your lunch break.
And something to remember when you just want to throw in the towel and quit, is that being part of something, a community of any kind be it a dedicated hobby, lifestyle, family or work, creates meaningfulness in our lives, and further on a feeling of joy. To be needed and to contribute to others, in short, creates happiness. This is a very valuable thought when we wonder what it is all worth; well it’s worth a lot!