Monday, August 17, 2015

Five Ways To Deal With "Mommy Fatigue"

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Who said that being a Mama would be easy??

Parenting has got to be one of the MOST exhausting jobs that anyone could ever do!
& I challenge anyone that says anything different...
You only have clout if you spend a week with multiple aged children & are fully 100% responsible for them :)

I speak with tongue-in-cheek (sorta), but in reality parenting is not for the faint of heart...

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Here are my TOP FIVE TIPS for dealing with 
what I have coined as "Mommy Fatigue"...

It's real & it's ugly...

Allowing it to build & not dealing with it at it's root
may cause side effects such as --> mental stress/strain,
relationship strain, physical health issues, 
& even the strong temptation to act out of character...

and much worse if it's not dealt with!

(for a medical review of parental burn out

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1) Take some time alone to pray!
I know for some of us, especially with littles, that feels 
near impossible...but taking 10-15 minutes to pray, talking to the Lord about 
your pressures & stresses, it really does take the burden off of us.
See if you can't take some extra time this week to do that.
I'm certain you'll feel better that you did!

2) Make time to talk to a good friend!
I would add that the friend should understand & be able to relate to the 
season that you're in. Maybe not exactly, but be someone
that can emphasize where you're coming from AND give you
an unconditionally loving ear.
Bonus if she will pray for you!

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3) Hot Date Night With Hubby! ***
When the kids come along, it can be so EASY to allow this to
fade into oblivion...I know I've been guilty of this!
BUT the marriage relationship is of utmost 
importance to the family unit, & investing some time together
will pay off dividends for years to come.
Run & book the sitter.
Hubby will be so thankful :)
(& encourage him to do it the next time!)
***Single Mamas--<> see if you can't get a night off by exchanging
baby-sitting services with a friend (go see a movie, visit with a 
mentor, go to a support group, do something fun!)

4) Bath Night In!
(or something along these lines...)
When life gets stressful for me, my pattern is either to shut down 
mentally, OR to get even busier! Neither one is balanced, or
very helpful in the long run.
Sometimes the best thing us Mamas can do is to pace ourselves.
For me, it's having that bath night (with a perfectly good book).
For you, it may be something completely different. 
Wait til the littles are in bed (& the middles, & the teens, etc.)
& 'book' yourself a restful night in.
Doing nothing & allowing yourself some space to think
& re-charge.

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5) Get a new perspective; this season is short!
The hardest seasons as a parent have been the ones
where I've forgotten that an 'end' is in sight...
The kids will (eventually) grow up...
And leave home...
And (hopefully) move on to be productive 
healthy members of society.
Sometimes I have to remind myself of this.
Often when I feel at my wit's end after a long day
of stressful circumstances with the kids...
Realizing how short this season really does help me
to calm down when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

"From the ends of the earth I cry to you for help,
When my heart is overwhelmed
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
For You are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me."
Psalm 61: 2,3

Now, these were my top tips to deal with "Mommy Fatigue".
What are yours?
(feel free to share in the comment section below)

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  1. I love your suggestions. I like to read my Bible to relax. I also leave myself post it notes around the house like "God is with me all the time" (He's there to help/listen) and "Children are a blessing" I know this but on a hard day it's nice to have a reminder. When the kids are "out of control" I round them up for family cooking. They love it and me, being a Chef, kind of unwind when I cook.

  2. Taking time away with my husband gives me so much strength to get back to the long parenting days; I'm always amazed at how much it refreshes me-this is a must for Mama's! And starting my day with Jesus sets me in the right frame of mind! Such practical and doable advice! Thanks!
    Visiting from Mom 2 Mom Monday!



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