Burnout is defined as exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.
Symptoms of Mom burnout tend to be forgetting things, snapping at your kids or partner, irritable, always tired, not sticking to your normal Mom routine, loss of interest in favorite things, and the feeling of failure. You are not alone if you are feeling this way, everyone goes through this at some point. Some people just suffer through it longer than others, but there are ways to help.
Stop Saying Yes:
This one can be hard, sometimes you just need to say no, you can’t possibly do everything. You are only one person. If you have too much on your plate already don’t add anything else.
By running around doing too many things in one day is going to lead you straight to burnout. Sometimes by saying no to some things you can eliminate some of your stress. Try and simplify your days to add in some free time that you can actually spend time enjoying your family.
Talk to someone:
Talking about what’s going on can help release some of the burdens you are carrying. Telling your spouse/partner, family member, friend or even a professional can help reduce those stress levels. Let someone know what’s going on.
Ask for help:
If you are suffering from burnout you need to ask for help. It can be from your family, friends, or spouse/partner. You may just need your spouse/partner to pitch in more or take over a task you are struggling with. Maybe you need someone to just come over and sit with your kids for a couple of hours so you can get caught up on housework or just have a nap. Asking for help when you need it is so important.
Get Back Your Me Time:
Time for yourself is going to be one of the hardest things to do as a mother, but you need it. Your me time could just be something as simple as having a nice warm bath and cup of tea a couple times of week to recharge. Maybe getting out of the house by yourself and going to a coffee shop, finally reading that book that has been collecting dust. Sign up for a class, go to the gym, or do yoga, whatever you do in that time it’s important to have it. Not just for you but for your kids, you will be less stressed and more capable of dealing with things.
The constant demand for parenting can quickly lead to high-stress levels, which can cause mom burnout. If you don’t get enough sleep, take breaks and ask for help your stress is just going to pile up. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you are feeling like this is more than just burnout, or if these symptoms have been going on for a long period of time.
Have you suffered from Mom Burnout? How did you handle it?