Your mental well-being can only take so much before it starts to crumble under the pressure of the weight you carry trying to get everything done, all the time. Doing it all may seem like a great idea, but there is only so much you can do before you start to become burnt out.
Burning the candle at both ends is a recipe for stress and exhaustion. These days, feeling burnt out is more common than ever. Parents all over the world are so busy juggling full-time jobs with raising children and running a home that finding any time for themselves seems impossible.
We often become so overwhelmed that we run ourselves into the ground. It happens when we least expect it, and it hits hard. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve felt burnt out on more than one occasion recently. It’s a hard feeling to shake off, feeling burnt out can’t be fixed with a soak in the bath or an early night. There are a few things you can do to ease the mental and physical exhaustion though, and I’m going to share a few of my tried and tested methods below.
- Let go of your idea of perfection. The picture-perfect images of families on social media often leave us feeling completely out of our depth, but the thing is, those images are just a tiny insight into someone’s life. A picture doesn’t show the piles of laundry or the endless shopping list, nobody shares photos of their children having a tantrum for the 45th time in an hour. A picture is just a moment, not a reality.
- Reevaluate your priorities. Make time for what is important, which is you in case you were wondering. You don’t need to keep the kids entertained with Pinterest worthy craft all day every day. It’s okay to let the television do the parenting once in a while whilst you take a moment for yourself.
- Look after your body, eat well. Food has a huge impact on our mood, eating badly will only magnify how you are feeling.
- Stop apologizing. If you are anything like me, you probably find yourself saying sorry even when there is nothing to be sorry for. I usually say sorry for silly things like not doing something quick enough or simple misunderstandings. There’s no need to apologize when all you are trying to do is keep on top of everything.
- Walk, jog, run, hop or even bend! Nature and exercise can do wonders for our mind and body. A 10-minute walk or 5-minute yoga session can leave you feeling brighter for the rest of the day.
It’s important to remember that feeling burnt out will not last forever, not if you take steps towards easing the burden on your shoulders. It may feel like the exhaustion is eternal right now, but I promise, it does get better.