There are so many reasons why I have an hour or a day where I want to just check out. I let the laundry wait even further than usual. If we don't have easy food ready to go (and we haven't ordered in a while), I fall back to Thai or Indian delivery. The dishes become (compostable) paper. We watch a little television. We play a 'game' where the boys put me to sleep. Oh, how I love that game!
What I need on these days can vary- sometimes, I put off my shower. Other times, I put as many distractions together for the boys so I am certain to get a shower. Sometimes I minimize effort. Other times, I try to do something that helps us feel less cluttered. Getting all of the hats, coats, and jackets into the coat closet is one of the fastest, most rewarding activities I have found. Know what can slide. Figure out which things are secretly (surprisingly!) energizing.
I have found that by doing as much as I can on the days where I feel normal, it is a lot easier to have a day where I don't quite hit that mark. We will all survive. The laundry will always, always be waiting, but my boys are only getting bigger.