Monday 25 November 2019

Are You a “Typical Busy Mum” or on the Brink of Burnout?

Stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation are very common symptoms of motherhood. You’re responsible for a lot so, it’s normal to find yourself a bit worn out at times.

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You’re doing so much for the children (preparing their meals, running errands, maintaining their health, etc) that it’s also not unusual for a mum to neglect her own needs. So overwhelmed with responsibilities she slowly loses the time for things like showers, eating, resting, exercising, and doing things she enjoys (that doesn’t involve the children). 

Though these are all common occurrences for mothers, if a woman is overly stressed, anxious, sleep-deprived, or consistently neglecting her own needs for her children, it will catch up to her. There’s a thin line between simply being a busy mum and burning out. Knowing the signs can help you to get help or make necessary changes before things get worse. 

Chronic Exhaustion
Parents, particularly those of small children are going to have some sleepless nights that cause them to feel more tired than usual. Be that as it may, when you’re on the brink of burnout, your exhaustion is on an entirely different level. You feel drained physically and emotionally. No matter how many hours of sleep you get, you wake up still feeling fatigued. 

Wine Has Become a Necessity
You hear women talk about having a glass of wine at the end of a busy day all the time. Though there’s nothing wrong with ending your night with a glass of wine, if having a glass becomes a necessity, this is a sign that you’re on the brink of burning out. Essentially, you’ve developed an emotional attachment to the wine using it as a coping mechanism for your stress, anxiety, or other overwhelming feelings. Now, you’ve become dependent on wine to make you feel good and you feel hopeless without it. If this is you, you need to get help from a doctor, counsellor, or rehab with inpatient and/or outpatient treatment in Seattle or near your residence. 

Everything Causes You to Lash Out
When you’ve got a lot going on it can be easy for you to become irritated by your children’s (or spouse’s) behaviours. Irritation, however, is a far cry from being angered or quick to lash out. If you’re flipping out on your loved ones for common behaviours or for no reason at all, this should tell you that something is wrong. 

Your Physical Appearance Has Changed
It’s not uncommon for mums to sometimes let their appearance slide when they’ve got a lot going on. You might through on a baggy shirt and some leggings, throw your hair in a ponytail and head out to do errands as opposed to taking the time to get dressed. However, if your physical appearance is starting to change, this could be a sign that you’re stressed to the max. If you’re losing or gaining weight, your hair is thinning or falling out, or you’re having recurring skin issues like acne breakouts, you’re more than busy - you’re breaking down. 

You Have No Idea What Happiness is Outside of Your Family
Every mother’s wish is that her family is happy and healthy. Some will go to such great lengths to ensure this is the case, that they neglect their own happiness and desires. This isn’t ideal because though the people you love are happy, you’ll find that you start to resent them for your unhappiness. So, if you don’t do anything for yourself (or don’t have the time to) that brings you happiness outside of your family, this will surely lead to burnout or depression. 

A mother’s job wasn’t meant to be easy. It is her responsibility to make sure that her family is provided for in all aspects (mentally, spiritually, financially, etc.). Even with the help of a supportive spouse, co-parent, or relative, the responsibilities a mother has to her children can get overwhelming. While some stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation are to be expected, pay attention to your health and well-being. If you start to notice any of the signs mentioned above, it is very likely that you’re not just a busy mum, but a mum that is on the brink of burnout.

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