How to Avoid Stay-at-Home Mom Burnout
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We seem to think we’ll have loads of extra time as stay-at-home moms. Ha! For some reason, we envision hobbies, craft time with the kids, cooking five star meals, and keeping a sparkling clean house. The reality is, we find ourselves drowning in laundry, sticky spots on the floor, and so many dishes! It’s easy to get burnt out by all this, especially if you feel judged for not having it all together. Here are my best tips for avoiding stay-at-home mom burnout!
Lower Your Own Expectations
If you think you’re failing every day because you can’t get it all done, let me tell you – it’s not just you! Lower your expectations of yourself a bit (or a lot). If you can, focus on accomplishing the essentials – a load of laundry, maybe a shower, a sink of dishes. If you can do those, you’re already ahead! Anything you have time for on top of that is extra, and consider yourself lucky.
Talk with Your Loved Ones
If you’re feeling pressured by your loved ones (husband, mom, mother-in-law) to do more, it’s time to sit down with them and talk about it. Explain frankly how you’re feeling about yourself already – maybe exhausted, like a failure, always in survival mode? – and that their judgement does not help you get anything else done. In fact…
If those loved ones would help out a bit, that would be great! But if that’s not an option, consider getting a house cleaner (through Amazon!), or groceries delivered (also through Amazon!), or a mother’s helper. Whatever you could use to get a little free time, do it if you can!
Leave the House
A big part of stay-at-home mom burnout is being stuck in the house all day. Get outside, to a friend’s house, even to the grocery store! Or load your kid up in the stroller and walk on a nice trail. Maybe you’d rather do laps around Target’s Cat & Jack section. Switch up your surroundings a bit and get refreshed!
Find Mommy Friends
Other SAHMs aren’t just great for weekday playdates. Mom friends know exactly what you’re going through. Find some time to just let it all out – they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about, and they’ll probably have some tips for you, too!
Make Time for You
Most important, prioritize yourself! We spend all day giving to others, and by the end of the day we can feel empty. Take some time to do something just for you, whether it’s finally getting a hot shower, or going to bed early. Taking care of yourself is the absolute best way to avoid stay-at-home mom burnout!
I hope these tips help you avoid the dreaded stay-at-home mom burnout. Just remember, getting bored or wishing for more freedom is totally normal! Take care of your own needs and you will be a better mom because of it.
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