Mom burnout is very real. Burnout in general is very real and recently I experienced it badly. I felt like I was not the best version of myself for anyone. Not my kids, not my husband, not my friends, no one. I wasn’t doing my best work or my best mothering and felt so much anxiety. I had no idea that what I was experiencing was burnout. I felt pulled in 100 directions and felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. What I needed was to recharge. I think there are so many ways you can do this depending on your personality and preferences but today I am sharing 10 ways to recharge when you really feel that burnout take over.
10 Ways To Recharge
- Vent: I know personally venting to a friend or my mom or even Andrew helps so much. Sometimes venting to someone in the same season of life (another mom) is what I need because I need someone who just gets it. You know what? 9/10 times I feel better just getting all my frustrations out.
- Take a step back: Realize that it’s only a season! I remind myself of this A LOT! But also ask yourself what truly matters and what you can let go of.
- Go for a walk/exercise: This is number one for me. I truly feel my best when I work out. I have been waking up at 5:15 most mornings and getting in a full workout before the kids wake up and I feel so accomplished knowing that’s already done for the day. I also LOVE going for long walks in the morning alone or with a friend.
- Ask for help: Ask your spouse or a friend or a relative or outsource help! If you are able to outsource some of the things causing you burnout (cleaning, cooking, laundry, childcare, etc) do it! I know this doesn’t work for everyone but maybe see if you can trade some of it with a friend. Like hey, I can watch your kids on Wednesdays while you get things done and you watch my kids on Fridays.
- Evaluate your routine/create a routine: I am big on routines and truly feel as though they make a HUGE difference in our lives. Without a routine, I really feel like I have no idea what’s going on. If you don’t already have a good routine make one and if you do have one but are experiencing burnout maybe reevaluate it and see where you can change things. I have to do this constantly!
- Simplify: A few things I have done to simplify: Liam gets himself dressed in the mornings, and I lay the kid’s clothes out for the week on Sundays. I make lunches ahead of time, I lay everyone else’s clothes (mine and Liam’s) out the night before. I do a 20-minute clean and straighten in the mornings and another in the evenings. These things just make me feel a little more together.
- Make lists: I have a list going for everything! Things we need, vacation packing, daily to-do lists, weekly to-do lists, things I need to get done long term, work to-do lists, etc. Making lists relieves a lot of stress because then you can physically see written out what needs to be done.
- Read: Escaping in a book really helps me recharge! I love to take a few minutes a few times a day and read some of whatever book I am reading at the time.
- Get a massage: I mean when all else fails the spa always helps! Getting a massage and taking that time for just me, with no phones, no one talking to me, etc helps me recharge so much.
- REST: Nothing truly helps recharge quite like rest. So give yourself grace and time to rest. Rest will recharge you like nothing else.
What are some ways to recharge that you find helpful?
This post was originally published in 2021 but has been updated for 2022.
I’m not a mom but can definitely relate to feelings of burnout. I love the suggestions you make– reading is definitely a way for me to re-charge as does a good massage and facial. Thanks for sharing these tips!
Happy to hear you were able to recharge after a burnout. I was working long hours at a stressful job and not being appreciated for it so I quit two weeks ago for my own mental sanity and haven’t looked back since!
It is good to have some ways to focus on self care and recharging. Thanks for sharing these tips!
I love venting! Haha. Well, my wife and I would always vent out our frustrations about work and the people around us. Venting helps us unload our heavy emotions.
I always find going for a walk helpful, even just for a few minutes
Getting a massage after a long chaotic day is sooo relaxing. Highly recommend it.
I love escaping things by reading a book. Rest is also very important because girl, burnout is real.
Mom burnout is definitely real, we have to take time for ourselves to be the best we can be for our family.
These are useful tips.. And i guess these are also applicable for everyone. Doing the same thing over and over can be very stressful and energy draining.. These are indeed effective to recharge.. And yes taking a rest always works like a charm
I absolutely love and agree with all 10 of these ideas for recharging. And yes burn out is a real thing!! I think the hardest of all is asking for help.
I absolutely agree that mom burnt out is real! I’ve been doing some of these for a couple of years now and reading and taking a step back helps me a lot to recharge and be sane again!
I totally agree with you, it helps a lot to recharge when resting. Great list!
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I think asking for help is essential. A list is also good to have so you can eliminate excess energy in doing your tasks.
Getting a massage helps a lot to recharge my body. It always gives an amazing effect, and a good massage lasted me for a week!
Things have been really hectic for me lately. I need my vitamin sea on top of your list! Thank you so much. I really needed this.
While I’m not a mom, I can definitely relate to the feeling of burnout. Sometimes it’s important to just take a step back and take a break! I am with you on getting massages! I am planning on getting one today, in fact!
Wow, I love all of those suggestions! I am not a mom yet, but I can only imagine how fast you can reach those burnout levels! As a full-time employee and aspiring entrepreneur, I experience those days fairly often. I need to add more massage appointments to my life! Thank you for putting this together!
Such a great post with easy reminders on how you can recharge. I find lists are really helpful for me when I feel like I’m losing control and can’t keep up. Sometimes I will just make a simple “to-do” list for the day: 1. take out the trash, 2. do a load of laundry, etc. Easy things, but it helps me prioritize and focus and I love crossing things off the list!
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