Overwhelmed moms are the norm these days. With work, high expectations in motherhood, household duties, kids’ activities, and keeping up a social life, it’s no wonder moms are so stressed out in 2022.
Today I’m going to share with you the three areas in your life you should address when in a season of overwhelm. Listen to the podcast episode below if audio is more your style!
This seems like the exact opposite of what you should do when you’re an overwhelmed mom, but I promise you it isn’t. Moms need to schedule fun to get out of a burnout rut.
Get a pedicure with your sister. See a movie with your partner. Go to the library and work on your scrapbook in peace. Just do something that lights you up, and you won’t regret it.
Streamline your life
Now is the time to take some stuff off of your plate and implement some time boundaries. Tell your mom you aren’t available for dinner every Friday night. Or step down from volunteering at church every Sunday. Table anything in your life that feels like an obligation.
You can pare things down and focus on yourself and your family when you feel overwhelmed. You can return to them in a different season of life; always remember that.
Outsource things you hate
If you can’t take something off your to-do list fully, get someone else to do it. If you feel like you’re constantly running around, consider getting someone else to take your kids to soccer practice.
IF you hate cooking, look into prepared meals at Costco or the freezer section. There are even companies like Dream Dinners that will meal prep for you.
Overwhelmed Mom Systems
I realized over the past nine months since getting diagnosed with ADHD that I need systems that work EASILY for me. They might not be pretty, but if they’re functional, they stay! Below is a picture of my hideous but functional laundry room.
Laundry used to cause me so much stress and overwhelm because I could never get a system in place that worked for me. I tried a million systems that organizational gurus raved about but it just never stuck.
Then I got diagnosed with ADHD in November 2021 and realized I had to create systems that worked for my neurodivergent brain. Once I leaned into that concept, I had great success. Reading “How to Keep House While Drowning” was a huge help!
In my laundry room, it’s all about labeling and having open receptacles for me. If I can quickly put things away without much hassle, I will do it. If it’s a big task to fold and put it all away, it just stays in a heap. This might not look great, but it’s been a massive success in reducing my overwhelm as a mom.
Taran is a self-proclaimed undomestic mom. She thrives as a stay-at-home-mom by consistently carving out time for herself and practicing realistic self-care. As a busy mom of 3, she knows that if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy! With a focus on how SAHMs can carve out time for themselves everyday, she teaches fellow SAHMs how they can do the same.