Mom life is redundant.
Some weeks it feels like I’m living the same day over and over and over again. Vacuuming and re-vacuuming, picking up the same toys, washing the same dishes and clothes. It can take a lot out of a person.
When you’re feeling burnt out, it can take everything in you to keep from sprawling across the sofa like a soap opera star and drowning yourself in ice cream. Just the act of trying to motivate yourself requires an extra push of self-motivation. So when you’re feeling completely over the whole mom thing, here are five super easy tips to beat mom burnout and get back into your groove.
Tip 1: Check your daily routine
Sometimes the reason you just can’t do it anymore might be because your routine needs some adjustment. For me, sleep is a big factor. If I’m not getting enough sleep or going to bed at a consistent time (even if I’m staying up late) my life can get totally out of whack. We’re creatures of routine and when our routine gets thrown off we react.
If you’re feeling really off you may want to check what you’re doing. It can be something small and easier to adjust like not getting enough sleep, or it could be your entire routine needs a shake up. If that’s the case try writing down your ideal day, then go through your actual day and make adjustments.
You may also want to examine your cleaning schedule which brings me to the next point…
Tip 2: Check your cleaning schedule
Do you have a cleaning schedule or are you more of a do what needs to be done when it needs to be done type of person?
If you’re a little more loosey-goosey with your clean routine, you may want to consider setting up a stricter schedule. Do you let the dishes sit for a day or two? Do you find you’re often behind on laundry? Are your floors in desperate need of a good wash? If you answered yes to any of those questions, try writing up a realistic cleaning schedule. Even a simple schedule will do so much to improve your burnout. Try keeping it easy to follow.
In the case that you do have a regular cleaning schedule and are feeling sick of it, try switching things up. Try changing the time of day that you clean or the day that you do the tasks on your to-do list. This can really help you feel less exhausted by the repetitiveness of your routine.
Tip 3: Find more ways to get out of the house
I’m not advocating that you dump your kids on your husband when he walks through the door and stay out until they go to sleep (okay, well not every single day because sometimes mama needs a freakin’ break), but if you need to spend more time outside the house then do it.
Make sure that what you’re doing is actually constructive and worthwhile because your time and money are valuable. Think about doing things that will help you. Don’t make trips to Target everyday, spend all your money, and neglect everything at home. That’s not constructive. Instead think of ways that you can teach your kids new lessons, take advantage of free things happening in your community, and of course consider ways that you can get out and enjoy the outdoors!
Tip 4: Change your mindset
Sometimes when you’re really feeling stuck, getting yourself into a different mindset can make all the difference.
There are a lot of different ways you can do this but here are some of my favorite things:
- Keep a gratitude journal to track the things you’re grateful for
- Listen to only uplifting, mood boosting songs
- Get active and incorporate regular exercise into your routine
- Meditate intentionally for a more positive outlook
- Cut negative people out of your life
Tip 5: Treat yo self
I can’t express how important this can be when you’re feeling like you need a change. Sometimes when you’re doing everything right, all you need is to take a minute and take care of yourself.
And sometimes you need more than a minute.
When you’re really out of your groove, sometimes it takes a good long shower and some makeup to fix things. And sometimes it takes a getaway with your husband. Either way, never feel guilty for admitting you need a break or some help because your sanity is important!
Mom life can be so repetitive that sometimes you end up feeling you’ve lived the same day over and over again. When that happens, give some of these tips a try and see if you’re feeling any better. It’s alright to shake things up and try a new routine! And it can be fun too!