Mom Burnout is very real. Burnout in general is very real and recently I experienced it badly. I felt like I was not the best version of myself for anyone. Not my family, not my partner, not my friends, no one. I wasn’t doing my best work or my best familying and felt so much anxiety. I had no idea that what I was experiencing was burnout. I felt pulled in 100 directions and felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. What I needed was to recharge. I think there are so many ways you can do this depending on your personality and preferences but today I am sharing 10 ways to recharge when you really feel that burnout take over.
10 WAYS TO RECHARGE
- Vent: I know personally venting to a friend or my mom or even my partner helps so much. Sometimes venting to someone in the same season of (another business owner) is what I need because I need someone who just gets it. You know what? 9/10 times I feel better just getting all my frustrations out.
- Take a step back: Realize that it’s only a season! I remind myself of this A LOT! But also ask yourself what truly matters and what you can let go of.
- Go for a walk/exercise: This is number one for me. I truly feel my best when I work out. I have been waking up at 5:15 most mornings and getting in a full workout before I start my day and I feel so accomplished knowing that’s already done for the day. I also LOVE going for long walks in the morning alone or with my mum and dogs.
- Ask for help: Ask your spouse or a friend or a relative or outsource help! If you are able to outsource some of the things causing you burnout (cleaning, cooking, laundry, childcare, etc) do it! I know this doesn’t work for everyone but maybe see if you can trade some of it with a friend. Like hey, I can watch your kids on Wednesdays while you get things done and you watch my kids on Fridays.
- Evaluate your routine/create a routine: I am big on routines and truly feel as though they make a HUGE difference in our lives. Without a routine, I really feel like I have no idea what’s going on. If you don’t already have a good routine make one and if you do have one but are experiencing burnout maybe reevaluate it and see where you can change things. I have to do this constantly!
- Simplify: A few things I have done to simplify:. I make lunches ahead of time, I lay my clothes out in the morning. I do a 20-minute clean and straighten in the mornings and another in the evenings. These things just make me feel a little more together.
- Make lists: I have a list going for everything! Things we need, holiday packing, daily to-do lists, weekly to-do lists, things I need to get done long term, work to-do lists, etc. Making lists relieves a lot of stress because then you can physically see written out what needs to be done.
- Read: Escaping in a book really helps me recharge! I love to take a few minutes a few times a day and read some of whatever book I am reading at the time.
- Get a massage: I mean when all else fails the spa always helps! Getting a massage and taking that time for just me, with no phones, no one talking to me, etc helps me recharge so much.
- REST: Nothing truly helps recharge quite like rest. So give yourself grace and time to rest. Rest will recharge you like nothing else.