Mommy Burnout and How to Avoid It
posted by: Guest Blogger
You are true heroes. Parenting is one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences. You are so good at dusting yourself off after a long day of carpools, temper tantrums, picky eating, and drippy noses. We are proud of you for enduring, but we realize that sometimes you just get burned out — Mommy Burnout. Every mommy needs a break, but we don’t always know how to take one. Here’s some expert advice to help moms like you decompress.
Here are some tips to help you de-stress:
- Yoga or a relaxing stretch
- Deep breathing
- Picture a calming location
- Talk with a close friend or family member
- Exercise outside
- Write out your feelings on paper or journal
- Take a few minutes of “alone time” to re-group
If you feel like you’re too busy, check out these tips for simplifying your life.
- Create time to focus on yourself.
- Create time to focus on your family.
- Move less important things lower on your “to-do” list.
- Focus on one task at a time.
- Schedule screen-free time into every day.
- Make a weekly meal schedule.
- Schedule in a good night’s sleep.
- Display your commitment to “less”
- Create a family calendar and prove that it’s manageable.
Recognizing that you need help can be difficult. Remember that the strongest parents have the strongest network of support.
Here are some signs that a stronger network might make you a happier parent:
- You frequently feel like you need to be in two places at once
- You feel like a chauffeur
- You wake up anxious that your kids will make you late for your day
- Your current network is broken (e.g. relocation, divorce, family disagreements, etc.)
Tips for building a stronger village:
- Find a partner for each area of your life (e.g. a work partner, an exercise partner)
- Practice trusting your reliable friends and family to help you out with advice, carpooling, or finding solutions for stressful situations
- Connect with your community – stop and talk with your neighbors or other parents you see regularly
- Join a community club or group
- Connect with parents who have older kids and can serve as your parenting mentors
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