Being overwhelmed as a mom is totally normal. There are so many things to do and take care of, sometimes it can feel like you’re drowning in your responsibilities. But there are ways to end the mom overwhelm! This blog post contains 12 practical strategies for overwhelmed moms – whether you’re overwhelmed with work, overwhelmed with kids, overwhelmed with life or just plain overwhelmed. We’ll cover easy everyday hacks so that you have time for yourself again!
What is parental burnout?
Parental burnout is not a clinical term, but it’s one that many overwhelmed moms will be able to relate to. Parental burnout describes what happens when you feel overwhelmed and exhausted by your responsibilities as a parent – which can often lead to depression or isolation. If this sounds familiar, read on!
Why do mom’s feel overwhelmed all the time?
Parents are flooded with tasks on a daily basis. We still have to clean, cook and take care of the kids AND many moms also have work outside the home. Add this all up along with other responsibilities like volunteering at school or taking your child to sports practice – it’s no surprise overwhelmed moms feel overwhelmed most days.
Our moderns society has unrealistic expectations for moms. It’s not enough to be a mom anymore, we also have to look good and keep our family in an immaculate home, make everything in our lives Pinterest-worthy. It’s no wonder overwhelmed moms feel totally overwhelmed!
Is it normal to feel overwhelmed as a parent?
Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted is totally normal for parents. There are so many things to do, it’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. But overwhelming yourself with chores or responsibilities isn’t going to help – in fact, you’re more likely to end up feeling like a failure if that happens! Instead of doing everything on your own (and then feeling bad when you cant get it done), there are other ways to get things done – which you’ll find out about below.
How do you deal with an overwhelmed mother?
If there’s a mom in your life who seems overwhelmed, the best thing you can do is offer your help. Even if it’s just for a few hours each week or month! If that overwhelmed mom knows she has people who are willing to lend her some support then she’ll be able to get on top of things more quickly. That way everyone wins – including yourself because you’re doing something helpful!
12 Strategies to End Mom Overwhelm
Overwhelm is the result of many things going wrong all at once. Here are 12 practical strategies for overwhelmed mothers that you can start implementing today:
Set up a system of organization that works for you – whether it’s writing everything down in an organized notebook, using calendar software like COZI, or just putting your keys and phone by the front door so you know where they are. Organization will help overwhelmed mothers get more done every day while also reducing stress levels!
You can’t do everything. When overwhelmed moms try to do everything they end up getting nothing done. Prioritize the most important tasks and get those done first – then tackle some of the smaller stuff once you’re feeling more productive!
And be realistic about what’s possible in a day!
Sometimes overwhelmed mothers feel like they have so much work to do that it would take them days to finish. But overwhelmed mothers don’t have days – they only have 24 hours in a day! It’s important to be realistic about what you can accomplish and then do those things first.
Manage your stress levels
Stress is a big cause of overwhelm so look for ways you can reduce your own levels of stress. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, positive affirmations or other forms of relaxation – do something every day that helps you chill out and find peace.
Learn to let it go
Make like Elsa and let the unimportant stuff go. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the little things, but if it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things… just forget about it. Your kids don’t need perfectly presented lunches or hand-sewn halloween costumes.
Fill your own bucket
When moms start to feel overwhelmed, they’re more likely to snap at their kids or be short with people. When you do this for too long it can really take a toll on your mental health and even lead to anxiety and depression . It’s important not to forget about yourself! Find ways to relax – whether that means taking some time out to do activities that recharge your own batteries.
Some moms are overwhelmed because they take on too much. Saying no to things – even if you want to do them – if it doesn’t fit into your schedule.
Find your mom tribe
Often times overwhelmed mothers don’t have any friends or family they can rely on for support. If this is you, find a mom group in your area and connect with other overwhelmed moms! You can find communities online or offline. Reach out to a local church or community center. You could also take a parenting course that includes an community of like-minded parents.
A change of scene can make overwhelmed mothers feel refreshed and recharged. If you live in an area where it’s possible to enjoy the great outdoors, get outside every day – even if just for a walk around your neighborhood. This will help overwhelmed moms de-stress while spending time with nature!
Find a hobby
A great way to de-stress is by doing something you enjoy! Whether it’s photography or playing guitar – hobbies are a great stress reliever and source of relaxation. Carve out just a few minutes a day to do something you truly enjoy.
Give your kids responsibilities
Moms often think overwhelmed mothers can’t get anything done because they’re too busy caring for their kids. But the truth is, it’s possible to give your children responsibilities that will help them grow while also enhancing your own productivity. Teach them how to make their beds or practice making simple meals for themselves – you’ll be amazed at what a difference this can make in your life.
Start a gratitude journal
When overwhelmed mothers can’t even remember the last time they felt happy, it’s no wonder they’re struggling. Maintaining a gratitude journal is an easy way to help overwhelmed moms feel more optimistic and hopeful for their future. Every night before you go to bed write down three things that went well in your day – whether it was something small like a friendly cashier or something big like a great workout. This will help overwhelmed mothers feel empowered to create more positive change in their lives!
Celebrate the wins
Every mom deserves a pat on the back for their hard work. Make it a habit of celebrating your wins even if they seem small. Take time out each day or week to acknowledge everything you’ve accomplished and give yourself credit – no matter how big or small!
The Bottom Line
Overwhelmed moms can find happiness and peace of mind by following some simple strategies outlined above. By making small changes to your daily life, you can turn your overwhelm into optimism and hope for the future.
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