Being a mom is exhausting; we get it. It is a full-time job, and many moms have a second full-time job to go with it. To help you out, we put together a list of helpful tips for all the tired moms out there:
For many moms, there is an underlying expectation that you always take care of everything your family needs. You cook dinner. You get the kids to practice. You clean your house. Keeping up with all of these things can be exhausting, so it is essential to know that outsourcing is alright. It is okay to go through the drive-thru or pick up frozen pizzas for dinner. It is okay to pay someone to clean your house or watch your kids. Have a friend watch your kids one afternoon and commit to watching hers next week. Outsourcing some of your responsibilities allows you to spend more time with your family and your friends. It can allow you to be a better mom.
Picking up your phone and scrolling through social media might be your preferred choice for winding down, but the light from your phone keeps you alert and awake. Try picking up a book or a magazine as your social media replacement, and see how your rest improves at night.
Let Go of Perfection
Many moms feel overwhelmed by the expectations to excel at every portion of their day. They must have a perfect lunch for their kids. They have to keep their house perfectly tidy. They must always keep up appearances. The truth of the matter is that you do not need to worry about these things! Your kids will love their lunch, whether their sandwich got cut into a fun shape or not. Your friends have junk drawers too, and if they tell you differently, they are lying. No one is perfect, and you should free yourself of that expectation!
Meal plans are a great way to relieve the day-to-day pressure to organize a meal for your family every day. It does not have to be complicated, and it does not even mean that you have to cook every meal at home. It is alright to have McDonald’s Mondays or Taco Tuesdays. By having a plan for what your nightly dinners are, you create space to think about other things throughout your day.
Let Your Devices Work for You
We have so much incredible technology available to us on a daily basis, and it is not limited exclusively to entertainment. Utilize your technology’s functions to set reminders and alarms to keep your day moving.
Free Yourself from Mom Guilt
Do you feel a constant pressure to be perfect and on top of things? Are you weighed down by a sense of responsibility to always pick up the next item on the list? Maybe it is volunteering at your child’s school, having snacks for the soccer team, or donating to the bake sale. The list never ends. There will always be another task or duty to pick up, but you do not need to. You are doing enough! It is alright to find time for what you need. That could be working out or taking a nap. Maybe it is an evening bath or a weekend with the girls. It is totally reasonable to ask for help and take time for yourself, and it will help you be a better mom.