Feeling the effects of mommy burnout? You’re not alone, we’ve all been there at one time or another. Sharon, from Adoring Creations, has come up with a list of 10 simple solutions that will help you combat mommy burnout.
Hello everyone! I’m Sharon from Adoring Creations. I have had a rough January and February. I think it is a little of the winter blues coupled with Mom Burnout. All moms have gone through this at one point or another and I know I have to make an effort to keep things fresh and to avoid Mom Burnout. Here are a few things I have to remind myself of from time to time…
1. ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
Try to get a routine down. It doesn’t have to be a strict regimen but having a good rhythm will help you and help your children. I like to wake up early so I can have some quiet time to myself every day.
We all take comfort in knowing what is coming next. A routine helps things get accomplished on a daily basis and helps us feel secure knowing what is coming.
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2. CREATE A CALM ENVIRONMENT
Keep your house relaxing. I burn candles every day, I always have a cozy scent warming in my wax burner and I put my diffuser on every morning with essential oils. Play some encouraging music and make an attempt to declutter and tidy up every day.
If you look at my Instagram stories you will see that I clean my living room and kitchen every day. My kids clean their playroom every day. I am trying to get us in the routine of spending 10 minutes cleaning our rooms and closet every day as well. I just feel so happy and fulfilled when my home is sparkling and clean. I attempt to make it feel that way EVERY DAY.
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3. PREPARE MEAL PLANS
A meal plan will help you avoid that time around 4 or 5 when you are standing in front of the fridge wondering what to cook. That is stressful! No wonder we get burnt out and don’t want to cook. There is nothing fun about trying to throw something together last minute.
I find that if I meal plan, I save so much time and money and my family appreciated the meals that are well thought out and lovingly prepared. I try to make delicious and healthy meals EVERY day no matter who is coming over. I know Robin has prepared some wonderful, budget-friendly meal plans.
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Do some sort of exercise every day.
I have talked about how important fitness is to me in several posts here on Fluster Buster and on AdoringCreations.com. I feel so good at the end of the day when I know I have worked hard schooling my kids, cleaning my home, and working out. I sleep SO much better when I am working out.
Exercising creates endorphins and makes you feel happier naturally. Oddly enough, when you work out, you actually have MORE energy for other things! You are stronger and more capable of performing all your mom tasks.
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5. CHANGE OF SCENERY
Change your scenery. Now, this may sound like I am striking out number one, about a routine, but it can be good to take some time to go somewhere and switch up your routine. If you start to feel that you are dragging you may want to grab the kids and run to town for an ice cream from Chick-Fil-A. You could also try taking a walk, jumping on the trampoline with your kids, just doing something to add some fun to your day.
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6. TAKE CARE OF YOU
Dress up in your CUTEST outfits EVERY DAY! Fix your hair and do your makeup, wear comfortable jewelry EVERY DAY. Don’t save your cute clothes for special occasions.
I wake up and put my makeup on and fix my hair every single day. I want my kids to look back on their time at home w momma and remember a pretty momma who took time to look her best every single day. It’s also helpful to be ready in case we need to run to town for whatever reason. You will feel put together and fresh every day.
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7. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF
Do not compare yourself to other moms! Comparison is the thief of joy! God made you to be your babies’ momma. He called you and He will equip you. There is no one in the world that will be a better momma to your children than YOU! No one else will love them as you will.
8. LET GO OF GUILT
Don’t listen to mom guilt! I’ve heard it said, if you feel mom guilt it’s a true sign that you are a great mom! Rest in that and let everything else go. If you truly think you need to change something then, by all means, change it! Always do better if you can. But if you feel guilt for something you cannot change, let it go.
I have been the one to try and do it all. That is the quickest way to burn out that I know of. I would be awake at 4 am and not go to bed until 10 pm and be absolutely exhausted. I learned quickly that if I am going to continue to get the things accomplished that are absolutely pertinent then I am going to need to enlist my able-bodied helpers to do some of the work with me.
If you have little ones that make a mess, they are perfectly capable of cleaning up that same mess. When our dishwasher was broken, every single one of my children helped with dishes, even the “baby”. It may seem harder when the little ones help but if you start training them while they are young, you will have built-in help when they are older and really needed.
10. JUST SAY NO
Say no when you need to! Oh, I am THE worst at this, but I am getting better. I just don’t like disappointing people. There are times when it is necessary though! Sometimes, in order to preserve your own sanity, you must turn down an invitation or tell someone that you just cannot volunteer to help with this function.
Treat yourself! Anything worth doing is hard. Momming is HARD, but of course, it is so worth it!
Remember to give yourself little rewards for all of your sacrifice and hard work. Buy that cute top, get yourself some good chocolate, take a bubble bath! Do something that reminds you of who you are, what you like and enjoy.
You are doing great, momma. It WILL get easier!
What Do You Do To Combat Mommy Burnout? We’d love to see how you do it. Snap a pic & tag it on Instagram with @FlusterBuster and @AdoringCreations #mommyburnout
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