7 Ways to Avoid Mom Burnout

“Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human too long” ~ Michael Gungor

Let that quote sink in for a second. Today we are “on” 24/7. Our phones have become an extension of our bodies, our cars have become our dinner table, meeting room, classroom, and taxi service. We are consistently multitasking without ever considering the consequences to our beautiful brains and delicate hormones.

I’m not diminishing any other human here, but mommas, you know this scenario all too well. You are showing up, rocking presentations, building businesses, raising kids, making meals, and holding up the walls of your home. This is exactly where the burnout sneaks in. When the level of stressors is at a higher level than sleep, relaxation, nutrition and self-care long enough, you will eventually burnout.

This feels like:

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  • Feeling like a failure

  • Procrastination

  • Headaches

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Strong cravings

  • A negative outlook

While it’s normal to feel tired, worn out, and a little deflated now and then, it is not “normal” to feel this way more than you don’t. I added quotes around the word normal because that really is subjective. What I’m trying to get at here, is that feeling like crap all the time is a symptom of something bigger.

We are not designed to be stressed out all the time. Extended periods of stress on our thyroid and adrenal glands will push them over the edge. SOOOOO, how do we fix this ladies? The good news is that you can recover from burnout through some simple dietary and lifestyle changes.

  1. Reducing alcohol intake (even though you think it is the answer)

  2. Avoiding processed foods (simply adds more stress to the body)

  3. Meditation or periods of mindfulness (don’t skip this one!)

  4. Avoiding factory farmed meat (synthetic hormones, pesticides = endocrine disruptors and excess toxins)

  5. Limit caffeine intake (the high you are experiencing is a fantasy)

  6. Avoid plastics (more endocrine disruptors, aka toxins)

  7. Sleep (7-9 hours per night)

Often stress, overwhelm, and extreme expectations are self-inflicted, meaning we impose them on ourselves. Ask yourself these questions before you get caught up in the “to dos”, “Will ______ make me happier? Do I really have to do this? Why is this important?” Give yourself grace and know that you are not alone.

xoTarrah

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