Burned-Out Moms: When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

Do you feel burned-out? So, it’s morning and you have to drag yourself out of the bed, get the kids ready for school and your spouse ready for work, make breakfast and the list just goes on. You would rather be in bed the whole day long – snug under your bed covers, hiding from the world.

You only feel dread when the alarm clock goes off in the morning, telling you to start the day – and you know you must get up. If you are a mom, you can agree that if you don’t get up the entire house is in jeopardy.

Here’s some advice and motivation to get your day started:

Go to bed early

If you’re a night owl, you may enjoy staying up late and even work better at night. It feels that late at night is your personal time. But when you have a family and a job and everything that goes with it you would probably need to get some rest. It’s tempting to stay up past midnight to get some quiet time, but maybe you should get the kids to bed earlier so you can get that quiet time earlier. It may take a while for your body to adjust, but eventually you’ll get used to going to bed at normal hours.

Take a break

It may be difficult for you if you have to work to get the bills paid to take a break. However, at some point, if you’re drained from the constant pace of your life, you should try planning a small vacation. Everybody needs a break once in a while, it’s okay. Consider asking your boss about taking a mental health day. If you’re married, talk to your spouse about taking a getaway together or by yourself. It may be the breath of fresh air you need.

Depend on the grandparents

If your parents live nearby or can afford to take a trip to visit you, invite them over. Most parents would love a chance to visit and get a chance to see their grandchildren if they could. Even if it’s a short trip, they can give you the break that you need. Having your parents around as support for you and your family can lift a huge burden off your shoulders. It may allow you to feel refreshed and regain focus and energy.

Your diet

The diet we follow plays a big role in why we feel the way that we do. When we go for a snack instead of a fruit smoothie for breakfast in the mornings, it’ll eventually catch up to us. Our bodies need proper nutrients to give us energy to get through our day. When we don’t drink enough water, eat mostly fast food, sweets and starchy foods then our bodies may begin feeling a little sluggish. Our bodies can get drained more quickly than usual.

Have some fun

You need fun in your life – a little enjoyment to put color in your day. Do yourself a big favor and make time for a little fun every day. It doesn’t have to be big, just something that will put a smile on your face. If you like to read, pick up that novel. If you’re more adventurous, go on a small excursion after work on a Friday afternoon. Plan a movie night in the middle of the week with your family and pop some popcorn. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something you look forward to and will enjoy.

Visiting a therapist

If nothing works and you remain tired, it may be time to think about a visit to the therapist. They are trained professionals and can help if you think you really have a serious issue. It may be depression.

If you or someone you know battles depression, know that you are not alone. There are treatment options, support communities and resources available for you or your loved one.


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