Mommy Burnout

In order to avoid “Mommy Burnout,” it is vital that you remember to restore, nurture, and refuel yourself each and everyday. When you invest in yourself, the payoff benefits your entire family.

Restore

One of the most common causes of stress is lack of sleep. Fatigue can make it hard for you to enjoy your children and successfully manage your other responsibilities. In order to replenish and restore your body, remember the following:

  1. Give yourself permission to accept help and support from others
  2. Keep regular sleep hours for yourself as much as possible
  3. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol 4-6 hours before bedtime
  4. We hear this over and over ~ nap when the children nap
  5. Hire a mother’s helper to assist with dishes or folding clothes
  6. Prioritize tasks ~ do what is important, no more – no less
  7. Remember to place sleep and time for relaxation at the top of list
  8. Establish realistic expectations ~ allow for flexibility
  9. Special moments are not remembered by “a spotless house”

Nurture

When we forget to nurture ourselves both physically and emotionally, our body has a way of letting us know. Mothers who neglect to take care of their body and spirit often share that they have feelings of irritability, negativity, resentment, loss of interest, and a sense of powerlessness. To feel good and stay strong remember the following nurturing techniques:

  1. Talk to a trusted friend ~ It can lift you up and give you new insights
  2. Read a fun, stress free book
  3. Start a journal
  4. Dance to your favorite song
  5. Connect with your spiritual side
  6. Avoid isolation by meeting a friend for lunch
  7. There is power in humor ~ watch a favorite, lighthearted movie or sitcom
  8. Treat yourself to a manicure, massage or facial
  9. Find peaceful moments ~ indulge in a bubble bath, or enjoy a nice long shower
  10. Music can literally move the spirit ~ pop in a favorite CD
  11. Meditate, use visualization techniques or relax with yoga
  12. This is a must ~ designate a date night
  13. On those dreary days, buy flowers
  14. Reach out and make new friends ~ visit a local library, museum or park
  15. Put fun in your life, by finding time to do some of your favorite hobbies
  16. Enjoy light exercise ~ try 10-15 minute mini-sessions to start

Refuel

Just like the children that you are so lovingly providing for, you need and deserve healthy and nourishing food. Power-up for your busy day! Include the following as part of your daily diet:

  1. Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, peanut butter, and tofu (proteins).
  2. Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products (calcium).
  3. Fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread and fortified cereals (vitamins and minerals).

–Deanna Robb, Director, Beaumont Parenting Program

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