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Hey mama! Today, we will talk about a topic that hits close to home for many of us: the  overwhelm that often accompanies motherhood.

Moms use all their energy, voice, facial expressions, gestures, and everything to keep their children engaged and provide them with the proper attention needed for their healthy growth and development- which, I admit, can be overwhelming.

Whether skillfully balancing a full-time job, embracing the challenges of stay-at-home mommyhood, a mompreneur, or concocting a mix of both, the never-ending stream of responsibilities and tasks can genuinely pile up.

The demands on me can sometimes be overwhelming with two boys who need my attention every second of the day, and I feel defeated if I miss a beat. I’m learning to take it easy on myself and celebrate the small wins. Listening to your body is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Feeling overwhelmed as a mom can leave us feeling like we’re running on fumes, mentally and emotionally drained. But fear not, because today, I’ve got game-changing tips for the overwhelmed mom.

How can moms overcome overwhelm and stress effectively?

Trust me, every mom has been there – it's like your to-do list is growing faster than those laundry piles. But guess what? You've got more power than you think to conquer that stress and kick overwhelm to the curb. First things first, build your mom tribe. Do you know those friends who let you vent about the tantrums and cheer for your smallest victories? Keep 'em close! A support network can be a lifeline when the going gets tough. And speaking of harsh, don't be afraid to ask for help. Delegate tasks, let Dad take the lead, or hire a babysitter for some well-deserved "me" time. And it's okay to take breaks. Seriously! Self-care isn't selfish; it's survival. Sneak in those pockets of "you" time, even if it's just a bubble bath or reading a chapter of your favorite book. Oh, and don't underestimate the power of a deep breath. When the chaos is swirling, take a moment to inhale the good and exhale the stress. Remember, your mental and emotional well-being matter as much as anyone else's. So, if that to-do list is growing roots, prioritize. What's truly urgent? What can wait? You're in charge of your schedule, not the other way around. Your time and energy are precious. Learn to say no when you're stretched thin – whether to extra commitments or that pile of dishes when you need a breather. Mama, I hear you! Feeling overwhelmed is normal, but there are ways to conquer it. I've covered you, from building a support network to embracing self-care. Let's tackle this together!

What are some practical self-care ideas for busy moms?

Whether reading, gaming, crafting, or simply sipping your coffee in peace, let's explore fun and doable ways to recharge your supermom batteries.
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1. Embrace Your Emotions

Mommies, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the tidal wave of emotions that often accompany our roles as moms. The juggling act, the dwindling patience, and the guilt that sometimes creeps in – it’s all part of the package. But guess what? It’s not just okay; it’s normal sometimes to feel the mom’s burnout. Being an overwhelmed mom is no joke. So, let’s toss out the guilt and embrace these feelings as valid and understandable.

2. Build a Supportive Tribe

Let me drop a truth bomb here: Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a badge of strength. We all tend to present our best selves, but even superheroes need a sidekick. So, why not surround yourself with a circle of moms or friends who have your back? These people will swoop in to help with the chaos, offering a shoulder to lean on or even a well-deserved break.  When you are an overwhelmed mom, embrace your emotions. 

Having a therapist support you would also be a good idea. You can talk to your therapist to make sense of things or discover why you get overwhelmed as a mom. Getting therapy was one of the best decisions I could have made because it helped balance my life and prayer. 

3. Prioritize Your Priorities

Life can feel like a never-ending buffet, and you’re trying to pile everything onto your plate. But guess what? Not every dish is a must-try. It’s time to be selective with your schedule. Are your commitments sparking joy or just adding to your stress? Give yourself permission to say “no” to what’s not serving you. Remember, it’s about crafting a schedule that aligns with your priorities. When you set your preferences,  it can help when feeling like an overwhelmed mom.

4. Attitude of Gratitude

Our brains are wired to remember the negative stuff, making it a challenge to maintain a positive outlook. But fret not because gratitude is your secret weapon. How about starting a gratitude journal? Or, if you’re spiritually inclined, infuse a dose of thankfulness into your prayers or meditation. And why not make it a family affair? Gather around the table and share what you’re grateful for. This simple practice can flip your mental switch from negative to positive and make you go from being an overwhelmed mom to a calm one. You are what you think, so if you can refocus your mind to think positively, everything will shift in your favor.

5. You Matter Too

Let’s get one thing straight: Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s a lifeline for your sanity. While meditating and bullet journaling might be trending, remember that self-care takes many forms. It could be devouring a good book, delving into a video game, unleashing your inner crafting maven, or embarking on a spontaneous drive. Whatever floats your boat, make time for it. One of my favorite things is getting massages and my nails done. It can be very relaxing and allows any stress I have to cease. 

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6. Cherish the Early Morning Moments

Mornings are more than just getting the kiddos ready; they can be your sanctuary. If you’re a morning person (or striving to be), consider setting the alarm a bit earlier. Those precious moments of peace can set the tone for a more serene day. 

 

Waking up earlier in the mornings can be difficult when the night before, the kids just refuse to go to bed because of fear of the dark or seeing a monster in their closet. Getting up an hour earlier could be trying for those unpredictable times, but when you can do it, it will be worth it!

7. Sleep Is Important

That to-do list can be relentless, but hear me out – sleep is your superhero cape. It recharges your mental batteries and sets you up for a better day. Don’t compromise on those precious hours of shut-eye. And if it means saying “no” to commitments that interfere with your rest, so be it.

 

I know as women and overwhelmed moms, our mind is wired at night to think about all the tasks that have to get done for the following day. We have to check our social media, but taking the phone away from the bedroom area before bed would be a good idea. The best thing you can do for your body is to make a habit of getting enough sleep.

8. Fill Up Your Social Cup

You’re not just a mom; you’re a multi-dimensional human being. Spending time with friends is like a spa day for your soul. It’s your chance to leave the caretaker role and reconnect with your identity. So, make those plans, laugh a little louder, and recharge with those who uplift you. You’re not just an overwhelmed mom; you are a whole individual who needs to charge her social batteries a bit! This will help with mom burnout too.

9. Use Nature as Therapy

Between cooking, cleaning, and the daily grind, it’s easy to forget about the great outdoors. Yet, stepping outside is like a natural mood booster. Sunlight works wonders for your mood, helps your body produce vitamin D, and resets your internal clock. Walking or working outside can help alleviate anxiety, mood swings, sleep troubles, and more.

10. Disconnect to Reconnect

Our phones can be both a lifeline and a distraction. Amidst the digital noise, we might miss precious real-world moments and feel overwhelmed as moms. Try putting down the phone during those pivotal moments. Your children are only young once, and being present for those small, beautiful interactions is a gift to them and yourself.

11. Create A Functional Haven

Our homes should be sanctuaries, not stressors. Is yours working for you? While HGTV-inspired aesthetics are lovely, the functionality matters most. Tackle those pain points – shoe clutter by the door, toy explosions – by strategically adding functional solutions. Less chaos equals more calm.

12. You Need Some Mommy Time-Out

You may be an overwhelmed mom, but you’re also an individual. It’s okay to carve out time for yourself without the guilt trip. Whether it’s a solo retreat, a weekend getaway, or even a spa day with your girlfriends, these breaks are essential for your well-being. Remember, you deserve it, and recharging your batteries is more than okay.

This Overwhelmed Mom places her hand on head in dismay while child plays with toys.

Is practicing gratitude helpful for overwhelmed moms?

Absolutely! Gratitude is like a magical mood booster. We'll chat about quick gratitude hacks – from journaling to sharing moments with your family – that can shift your mindset from chaos to calm.

Can saying "no" to commitments improve a mom's well-being?

You bet! Saying "no" is saying "yes" to your well-being. I'll spill the beans on prioritizing what truly matters and creating space for joy by decluttering your schedule. You deserve it, Mama!

How can busy moms maintain a positive outlook amidst chaos?

Mama, I've got positivity hacks just for you! Discover the power of disconnecting from your phone and immersing yourself in nature. These simple tips will help you find moments of calm within the daily whirlwind.

Why do I always feel overwhelmed as a mom?

Mom's life is a whirlwind of diaper changes, meal prep, school runs, and trying to keep everyone happy. It's normal to feel overwhelmed because you're wearing so many hats – chef, chauffeur, referee, you name it. Cut yourself some slack, take a breather, and remember, you're doing better than you think!

Why do I feel so overwhelmed with kids?

Feeling overwhelmed with kids is like your heart saying, "Hey, slow down a bit!" Your love for them is enormous, and you want everything to be perfect. Just remember, asking for help and taking some 'me' time is okay.

What are the symptoms of mom burnout?

Mom burnout is like a neon sign flashing "Time for a break!" Symptoms can be sneaky – exhaustion, irritability, losing interest in stuff you used to enjoy, and even trouble sleeping. Your body's telling you to recharge those batteries. It's time to call in reinforcements – family, friends, or a sitter – and treat yourself to take a beat.

What is the most stressful time for parents?

Hold onto your coffee, Mama, because the teenage years can be quite the rollercoaster! While each phase has challenges, the teenage chapter might take the stress cake. Hormones, attitude, and the delicate dance between independence and guidance – it's a wild ride. But guess what? You've got this! Communication, empathy, and a good sense of humor go a long way.

Is it normal to feel like a failure as a parent?

Sis, the parenting guilt is real, but let me set the record straight – you are NOT a failure. There's no "perfect parent" manual. We all mess up, take detours, and wonder if we're doing it right. But here's the thing: love, effort, and showing up count for a lot. Take a deep breath, give yourself credit, and remember, you're a superhero in your child's eyes.

Is it normal not to enjoy being a mom?

Brace yourself because this might sound surprising – it's okay not to enjoy every mom moment. Being a mom is a crazy mix of joy, chaos, and everything. Sometimes, you might feel like you're losing your mind, and that's alright. It doesn't mean you don't love your kids; it means you're human. Seek support, take breaks, and find those pockets of joy that make the journey worth it.

So There You Have It

A toolkit to tame the overwhelm and rediscover your inner zen. Whether embracing your emotions, building a support system, or practicing self-care, each tip is a stepping stone toward a more fulfilled you. You could be a happy mom if you use some of these tips to fit your life. Remember, You Got This Mommy! Just Breathe

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