I’m sure my kids sometimes think I’m crazy. I have sudden outbursts when I cannot see where they are or what they are playing with. them and I’m scared out of my wits thinking they must be doing SOMETHING they should not, when really they are behaving themselves and are playing quietly. This is only a daily occurrence (my poor girls).
Some can pretend that being a parent is simply rewarding, a special and beautiful moment in life that rarely sees discouraging and frustrating moments. Honestly, parenting can be down right challenging. A headache! Yes, it is beautiful and mind blowing that you become responsible for a life and even more beautiful seeing them grow and learn. However, there are days where I am so burned out, ready to cry (sometimes crying) and ready to run through the streets saying “I quit!” For moments like those, I have tips to avoid mommy burnout that often help me, and hopefully, will help you to keep your sanity as parents.
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1. Create a Music Playlist and Rock Out
Thank goodness for music! When I feel like our day has gotten off to a bad start, I will grab my phone and turn on my Amazon Prime Music or Pandora and began to sing and dance. Almost immediately, my daughters join in the singing and dancing, our moods are lifted and we move on with our day on a better foot.
2. Create or Find a Secret Room or Space
My getaway space is either the bathroom or a small hallway right off the kitchen. Those spaces allow me to still hear my girls and gauge where they are. I recommend sneaking away for a few minutes to “woosah”. Do some deep breathing (in and out), pray, read for a few minutes. Do any of these things (or all) to come down from 10 and back down to zero.
3. Find Your Friends
Do you have a friend who is supportive and allows you to vent ONCE in a while? If so, give them a call or send them a text and let them know you need a little encouragement. A true friend will allow you to share your heart and help to bring you back down to Earth. Be sure to be their listening ear when it is their turn to share about their frustrations.
4. Get Out of the House
There is something about getting fresh air! Get involved in a group in the community and volunteer your time. Plan a girl’s night out and get some good eats! I do not think it is wise to spend more time with any group of people outside of your family, so it is important to have balance. Get your time away and then get back to your family-refreshed and enocouraged!
5. Find Joy in the Little Things
Kids come up with some of the most creative ways to play, but sometimes their creativeness looks like a disaster waiting to happen. Sometimes we should look at things they do in a positive way. For instance, if your child decides to write with crayons all over important papers, remind yourself that, “It could have been worse”. They could have written all over the walls instead! I know, it is easier said than done, however, if we as parents make an effort to be joyful and with peace, our days will be a lot less challenging.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3 NIV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV