Being a stay at home mom is definitely one of the toughest jobs out there and it is very easy to get burnt out. it is not glamorous by any means. It means being a chef, tutor, maid, personal driver, monster hunter and so much more. It can be overwhelming at times and your not alone. You can avoid the stay at home mom burnout with some help.
Stay at Home Mom Burnout Tips
Take a mommy time out – I love when my kids say to me mom go in your room for 32 mins., you need a time out. We discipline our children with time ours for their age and sometimes a mom needs that too! I have been doing quiet time for 30 mins each afternoon with my kids. I set a timer they all go to a bedroom to play, read or color alone. That is time for me to hang out with a show, read a portion of a book or make a phone call. It has worked wonders for my day.
Take a day off – if you work at a “regular paying job” you get 2 days off a week right? So why can’t you take a day off as a mom? Once a month I get a day, okay so it may not be an entire day but it is at least the morning to myself. My husband says I come back more focused and refreshed.
Break the routine – every day can feel like the same when you are a stay at home mom. Take a day and break free from your routine a little. Whether its just you and the kids or as a family it’s good to just have an unscheduled day. Fun activities, lunch at your favorite restaurant, exploring a new park can be fun for everyone.
Get moving – working out or some form of exercise is good for all of us. It’s a great stress reliever and it makes you feel better overall. Even if you can’t get to the gym you can take a walk or bike ride with your kids. Just get moving.
Get plenty of rest – moms need their rest! I’m not saying it this can be possible for everyone especially if you are getting up with little ones at night but a good solid 6 to 8 hours is best. I usually try to get at least 7 hours every night since that is what I feel I can run on. Everyone is different you may need more or less depending on your situation.
Most importantly remember the way to avoid stay at home mom burnout is to take care of mom first, however that may be. I have found the more positive I am, the kids are too. There are days that I want to run away screaming but by taking time for me is just as important as taking care of your family.