overwhelmed as a mom

Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed as a Mom

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Stop Being an Overwhelmed Mom

Motherhood is a tough thing.  It is wonderful, fulfilling, stressful and overwhelming.  There is so much good, but it is hard!

Every day is hard – you have moments that are incredible – watching these little people who you created learn how to do something new, or give you a great big hug and kiss and tell you that they love you.

But they test you every single day.  As they get older, they love to push the boundaries and see what they can get away with.  There is the constant worry and struggle with that you are doing things right and making the right decisions for your kids.

There are the sleepless nights that lead to less patience than normal.  All of it combined can lead to a feeling of overwhelm.  Some days it can feel like too much.  But there are ways  to handle it all and make you feel better equipped to handle it.

Why is Motherhood So Hard?

Motherhood is hard because there are so many emotions involved.  And the reality is – you haven’t done any of this before.  You are navigating uncharted waters and doing the best you can.

You love these little people with everything you have, but you have no one there to tell you whether you are doing it right.  It’s normal to constantly question your choices.

How Do I Stop Being Overwhelmed as a Mom?

There are several things you can do to stop being overwhelmed as a mom.    They are not always easy but if you can try them, they will help you!

Take Time for Yourself

I know this one is not always easy.  Everyone is busy.  But to ask your spouse or a family member to watch the kids for a little while so you can take time to do something you enjoy is important.

Whether it’s to do an activity you enjoy, to connect with friends or just pamper yourself with a mani or pedi, having some time alone to feel like something other than a mom.  You need to be yourself.  

This time gives you a chance to reset and let the overwhelm go.   When you have some time away from the littles saying mama every few seconds, it makes all the difference in the world.

Take Time to Reset Your Day

You can’t always take more than a few moments for yourself to get rid of the overwhelm.  This is a way to cope when time is limited.  You can reset your day in a matter of seconds.

There are a few ways to reset your day – get a change of scenery.  If you have been in the house all day, try going outside or vice versa.  Or if you don’t feel like either will work, go for a ride in the car.  This is one of my go to’s because the kids are strapped in and you can tune them out a little bit easier.  

If you have curbside pick ups to make, great!  If not, just go for a nice long ride and enjoy it!

If you can’t do any of it, go in the bathroom or your room, shed a few tears, take a deep breath and give yourself a few minutes to calm down.  While not the best solution, it can work in a crunch!

Ask for Help

This is one of the hardest things to do as a mom.  You feel as though you should be able to do it all and when you can’t, it can make you feel like you are a failure.  But that is so far from the truth.

Remember – motherhood is hard!  So if you are overwhelmed, ask for help.  From your spouse, a family member or a friend.  

People are more than willing to help if they know you need it.  As moms, we are good at covering up just how overwhelmed we likely feel.  Others don’t always readily see our struggles.

Take advantage of any help that is offered and say yes if someone wants to help.  Whether something as small as picking up some groceries for you or offering to watch your kids for a few hours so you can have some time alone.  Take the help!  

Armed with these tips, the overwhelmed feeling should feel more in control.  

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed as a mom?

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