How To Avoid Mom Burnout
Let’s talk about how to avoid mom burnout!
Being a mom is the best. I am sure there are quite a few hashtags supporting this idea.
Can I just be completely honest for a minute?
I am a little tired of hearing that.
Don’t get me wrong. Being a mom can be amazing. It can also be exhausting. Even if we are sitting on the floor playing with toys. Pouring a bowl of cereal for dinner. These things can be absolutely exhausting.
We need to be open to talk about more than the times our hearts are so full they could burst. This usually happens for me at bedtime. More specifically when my kid is fast asleep.
And we need to talk about ourselves. We are more than just moms. We are capable of more than wiping butts and knowing every word to the theme song of every children’s show we have ever seen.
If you have little toes in your home, I can almost guarantee you have felt emotionally drained at some point.
This is not the way it has to be. I know, mama. It will be like this sometimes. We are not magicians. Pretty close though, am I right?
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Here Are 8 Ways You Can Learn How To Avoid Mom Burnout
1) Have Something For Yourself
Do you have something that is yours? Something that you look forward to doing?
My thing is this blog. I used to just try to fill my time before I had something to actually work on. But this blog really changed it all.
I found my passion for writing. I started setting big goals for myself.
Interested in blogging? Check out all the details on how to start a blog for yourself.
But the point is to have something fulfilling in your life that has nothing to do with your kiddos.
2) Get Ready
Being a stay at home mom does not always require you to get dressed and leave the house. To some, this may seem like a dream life. And to be honest, some days it is not too shabby.
But there are times when I am so jealous of my husband because he just got to take a long, hot shower and now he has a 20-minute drive to work in which he is all alone. And then he gets to have adult conversations left and right.
But let me tell you the world of difference it made in my life to get dressed every single morning. OK. Not every single morning. Some mornings call for cuddles in bed.
But for the most part, I get ready in the morning. I feel better and then I am ready for any opportunities that come my way during the day. And better yet, I am ready to leave the house if I start going stir crazy.
3) Leave The House
Even if this just means sitting in your backyard.
Taking a walk around the block. Window shopping at the mall.
A change of scenery and some fresh air is a necessity for all mamas.
4) Adult Time
You need to take some time to go out with some fellow mama friends.
Maybe even a date night with your spouse. Check out these inexpensive date ideas the hubby and I love! And here are some at-home date nights to use when leaving the house is not an option.
I have been a stay at home parent for almost 6 years. I know what it is like to go an entire day only speaking to children.
We need to talk about something that does not involve our kids in any way. And let’s be honest. We know our little ones are going to be brought up at least once.
But the point is to make it a priority to have some time when there is not a child tugging at your shirt or asking for a snack (for the 47th time).
5) Get Organized
This does not mean you have a spotless home. This does not mean that you have beautiful charts all over.
But this does mean that you create a level of organization that works for you.
Maybe this means meal planning to reduce stress. Or this could mean taking the time to declutter because there is just too much stuff. (here are some tips to organize your home)
This is all about doing things that will make your life better and dare I say a little easier.
6) Take Care of Yourself
Yes, this means a little self-care. Here are some super simple ideas that you can make time for!
You know what else this means? Being kind to yourself by eating right. Drinking water. Squeezing in a shower.
This also means taking care of your mental health.
We all know we should be doing these things. We know that people are right when they say you can’t pour from an empty cup.
But we need to do more than nod our head in agreement and then get right back to mom life. Make the choice to put value on taking care of yourself.
You are not alone. You do not have to take everything on all by yourself.
So many moms I know just assume the role of the person that juggles everything. Maybe this happens by accident. Or maybe we feel like this is what we have to do.
I am here to remind you that you are not in this all by yourself. You do not need to plaster a smile on your face and push through the day.
The only thing this will succeed at is making you sad. And then you might spend more energy hiding the fact that you’re sad.
What is so wrong with admitting we need a break? In case you need to hear it, the answer is nothing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. And don’t let anyone tell you any different.
8) Reality Check
We spend so much time thinking about the way things are supposed to be. We see other parents and start comparing.
Our expectations for ourselves are off the charts.
We know that no one is out there living a perfect life. Not one dang person. But it is so easy to fall into the mindset that everyone has it together but us.
Do yourself a favor and do a little reality check.
Sometimes, we all need to pause for a minute and take a breath. Remind yourself that you are doing your best. And that is enough.
You don’t need to do it all!
Do you want to avoid mom burnout? You need to know that you are more than a mom. You are a person. An actual human being out here showing up every single day.
Let’s be honest. Chances are you will experience mom burnout at some point. Even if you do everything “right”.
But I challenge you to become more aware of how you are doing. I challenge myself too!
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