With the weather changing it means spending more time inside. More time to get stir crazy and for the kids to make a mess. This sort of stresses me out to think about. The stress of the these long days can really get to you. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter whether you have one child or five…Being a Mom is exhausting. You’re needed at all hours of the day. From a child waking up super early, to making you run around the house playing games and even those middle of the night cries…We as Mama’s are needed.
Back to the cold weather days. I find this time of year to be both good and a little stressful because it means lots of togetherness. Which don’t get me wrong, I love. But I do like those times when the kids go play in the backyard and I can have a few moments of quiet time. But it doesn’t last long, because I feel like I’m missing out and run my butt right outside to see what they’re doing.
Not having this option, with everyone stuck inside it’s just more time to go stir crazy. Honestly we haven’t really had to deal with this since we’ve lived in California. But I can remember when Aria was little and it was a snowy day, I struggled a bit. Ok, not a bit, but A Lot! I’d literally drive through Starbucks a few blocks away just to get out of the house. I realized not being able to get out of the house actually makes you more tired and get frustrated quicker. I call this Mom Stress.
Mom stress is such a real thing. It increases during the Winter months because of the shorter days, holiday season and the weather plays such a big role in mood. I may not have any magical powers, or sure fire ways to fix this. But I do have a few tips to combat the mom stress and exhaustion to make you a better Mama today.
Combating Mom Stress and Exhaustion To Be A Better Mom
Accept you’re not perfect. Honestly this is one of the hardest things as a Mom. But trust me, once you do you’re day gets just a little bit easier. Plus, NO ONE is perfect.
Despite what you see in these blog posts, on social media or even through conversations with some Moms we all loose our cool. We all have bad days. So just accept it and move on
Know you’re kids aren’t perfect. On the flip side your kids are kids. It’s inevitable, they will throw tantrums, will embarrass you and somehow forget manners exist when other people are around. Sure this gets frustrating, but reminding yourself they’re learning and you’re teaching is so helpful.
Take some time to yourself. I talk about this a lot, but that’s because it’s so important. You are constantly giving all of yourself to your kids, husband and others. But, you need to find something that fulfills you, and your soul so you can continue to be at your best.
Comparison is a killer. This is one of the number one traps we all fall into. Back to what I said earlier, we all have bad days. No Mom is having the best day ever all the time, so don’t talk yourself into to thinking otherwise!
Move, rest and repeat. Getting rest may seem obvious, but it’s hard. Our minds think about the million and one things that need to get done and it’s hard to shut it down. But not getting rest can actually decrease your thresh hold for patience. I definitely notice this on the days I don’t get enough sleep. Now, if you’re a new Mama this is hard. I learned with Amelia to actually take a nap, go to bed at night when she did and it’s ok if the chores don’t get done. But, it’s equally important to get moving. Go for walk, run or do a few exercises in the house. Something about getting the blood moving that helps you feel refreshed.
Nurture relationships. Spend time continuing to build new friendships and nurture old ones. Having friends is so good for the soul. It lets you bounce ideas, vent and laugh. Which we all need!
How do you combat mom stress and exhaustion to renew yourself and help you be a better Mama?
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