Do you know, according to a recent report published in the journal frontier of psychology (from the university cathelique de Louvain) in Belgium confirmed that “Just as people can burn out from their professional jobs, mothers and fathers can burn out too”.
During this survey, the study is conducted on more than 2000 patients. And they had found that “12.9% of mothers and 11.6% of fathers had high burn out”, it means they felt exhausted, less productive and emotionally withdrawn with the pressure of completing multiple parenting responsibilities.
I am sure you all would be agreeing that these statistics are not shocking. And as a parent, we all had faced those emotions once or more in our lifetime.
There is no doubt that joy and amazement of parenthood is simply incredible. Nothing could be more satisfying than raising and nurturing our little ones.
Another side, being a parent means 24 into 7 responsibilities and duties. And these continuous pressures of completing responsibilities often lead to a state of “Parental or Mommy exhaustion”.
Being a mommy of two, I have also felt the feeling of exhaustion from time to time
During the 2 nd week of momology blog train, we mommy (and daddy) bloggers are sharing some amazing way to energize yourself or combat the parental exhaustion.
I am also excited to share 5 effective ways ( that works for me) to combat parental exhaustion/
5 Effective ways to combat “parental or Mommy exhaustion
Carve out more “Me Time”
Carve out more “Me Time” is my first and most effective strategy that always works great in reliving parenting exhaustion. Though I loved to keep myself engage in different form of creative activities (painting, crafting, DIY activities) but among all these writing and working on my blog is my most favourite. Around 4 years ago, I had started my blog just as a hobby to share my parenting journey with other moms. But now, this hobby has become an integral part of my life. With this “Me Time” activity, I always feel refreshed and get a new and positive energy to work again to complete my household and parental responsibilities.
Talk to my mom (positive communication with friends and family)
I believe talk to your friends and family members is one of the best positive thing that helps a lot in relieving any kind of stress. This heart to heart conversation also helps in solving many routine problems. For me, my mom is my best friend and I could not resist talking to her, even on a single day.
It is a kind of ritual activity that helps a lot in relieving stress. With this simple chit-chat I always feel more positive and confident.
Add creative touch to routine stuff
As a parent, we all bound to do same sequence of repetitive tasks every day. And sometimes these routine responsibilities create a state of exhaustion and boredom. I believe adding a creative touch to your routine stuff helps a lot in relieving stress and bordam.
Being creative is the key to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Here are some of my favourite ways to add a creative flavour to routine things.
- Plan a different cuisine for lunch or dinner
- Change home décor
- Do a cool DIY project with my girls, (here are 5 cool DIY activities for kids, to get an inspiration)
- Plan a random outing or shopping
- Plan some family workout routine or study routine for my girls.
By doing these simplest things, I feel refreshed and get a good mood and positive energy. These things works wonderfully in relieving parental stress and exhaustion.
Practice yoga and meditation
Being an avid yogi, I firmly believe in the power and magic of yoga. Yoga is not only a form of exercise; it is a way of living life. One side, your body get good flexibility and better posture with this amazing form of exercise. Another side, yoga works great in relieving stress and maintain a calm mental state.
Even with few deep breathes and simple stretches I feel destressed and positive. In fact, when you have to deal with hard parenting situations and pressure of multiple responsibilities, yoga helps a lot in relieving stress. And create a state of calmness and balance in mind, body and soul.
Whenever I feel overstress and over exhausted, I always try to spend at least 30 minutes for practising yoga and meditation. Yoga with Adrienne is my favourite yoga channels, and here you can read why it is my favourite?
Go for a nature walk and spend some quite moments with nature
It is a well-known fact, that nature has amazing healing qualities. Nature works great in reliving mental, physical and emotional stress. Even with few quite moments spend with nature works wonderfully for your improving our overall wellbeing.
Whenever I feel exhausted or overstressed, I just go for a long nature walk, I sit down and spend some quite moments with nature, and this tiny step helps me to feel refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.
Things to keep remember
Being a qualified homeopathic therapist, I want to end this post with a caution note.
Though feeling little tired or exhausted is a normal part of parenting journey and with these tiny steps you can get new energy and positive mood, but if you suffer from some serious signs of exhaustion for a long time then do not ignore it.
It could be “Mommy burn out”.
“Sometimes long and chronic parenting stress could lead to a state of severe physical, mental and emotion exhaustion. In this state, parents usually always feel tired, no matter how much sleep they get. Also, a feeling of reduced personal accomplishment and mental irritation is common with mommy or parental burn out.”
Though it is not a serious medical condition but symptoms are more severe than normal exhaustion that includes
- Loss of sleep for long time
- Mood swing
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic tiredness
- High level of mental and physical stress
- Not able to concentrate properly etc.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms since long time, do not ignore it and do not hesitate to ask for professional help.
So, with this second week of momolgy blog train, I had a great time while sharing my favourite ways to energize myself. What are yours? Please share!
For the second week of blog train, I want to thanks Prerna https://prernawahi.com/ from for introducing me. please visit her blog to read her
This post is a part of Momology blog train hosted by Zainab from Slimexpectation.com, Geethica,from thoughtsbygeethica.com, Roma fromtrulyyoursroma.com and Prisha from Mummasaurus.com and sponsored by firstcry intellkit,Instacuppa , Lotus Herbal baby, Hug n tugs, Diet funda, Tina Basu,Unorthodoxpeeps, Shumee toys
This is the third week and I want to say thanks to Sindhuja from https://mytinytigger.com/
for introducing me and want to introduce UK from https://fashionablefoodz.com/
Hope on their blogs and read what they are sharing!