- Begin with prayer.
- Keep perspective on your vocation (this is just one day of many).
- Establish a routine that will absorb the shock of a real disaster of a day without throwing your entire household out of whack.
- If you feel one of those days coming on, pick one task for the morning and one for the afternoon. If you can, deal with the rest during the children's naptime and/or after they have gone to bed for the evening. Remember, loving your family is more important than a clean house, and the world won't end if you have to put on a slightly dirty shirt. Cherish the day.
- Keep a sanctuary in your home that you can escape to for a brief respite when you need it. You cannot give to your family what you yourself do not possess; ask the Lord to refill your cup.
Nobody likes "those days," but Jonah days do come to all of us. When they do, it pays to be prepared, and it is also wise to take them like a duck: just swim along and let the rain roll off your back.