Mother takes a break leaning against a wall trying to prevent burnout

8 Tips for Preventing Mom Burnout

I carry many roles… daughter, wife, friend, therapist. But the most rewarding and greatest role is that of a mother. However, being a mom is hard! I had no idea how challenging being a mother could be, but now I experience it, and I hear it from my friends, and I work with clients who struggle with the responsibility.

Stepping into motherhood is a beautiful experience, yet there is an enormous transition from being independent to being responsible and accountable for someone else all the time. Even if we have a partner who is supportive and shares the workload, as moms, there are many tasks that fall on us: meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, mess cleaning, playmate, and perhaps working an outside job as well. We maintain schedules and work to ensure our children are engaged and socialized. We juggle a lot, which can be physically and emotionally draining.

If you find yourself yelling more, losing patience easily, irritable, and overall feeling overwhelmed, you may be experiencing mom burnout. Everyone experiences daily stressors, but moms share the unique experience of not having much of a chance to settle or de-stress. Whether you work during the day and come home to children or spend the day at home caring for children, many times, you don’t have much of a break until the children are sleeping.

Even then, there may be tasks to complete, like putting the dishes in the dishwasher, cleaning up toys, paying bills, finishing up work from the day, or even planning for the next day. A mother’s job is never done. In order to prevent burnout from motherhood stress, it is important to take steps to care for yourself. The following are eight helpful ways to reduce stress and experience the joy motherhood can offer.    

1. Schedule

Having and maintaining a schedule is beneficial for you and your children. Most children do better with the structure that schedules offer. For younger children (infants and toddlers), having set nap/sleep and mealtimes works wonders for ensuring those things happen without hesitation. It is also helpful for you to know that an escalating tantrum may be due to an approaching nap or mealtime. Another benefit of having a schedule is that you know when you will have some “free time” and can plan on how to use it best.  


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