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We have all been through it at some point in our mummying career but maybe not even noticed it!
Motherhood is full of so many ups and down that it can be hard to decipher between just a few bad days or a rough patch where a mamma could really use a break…Mentally and physically!
In other words, here’s the breakdown…
The definition of Overload is “to load to heavy” or n. “an excessive load”
The definition of Mom (in my terms is) 24/7/365
Now… combine “an excessive load” with 24/7/365 and you have Mom Overload syndrome 101!
Which can only be categorized as such… A mom with one or more children, doing all household chores, errands, taxi driving and etc that take up 24 hours a day. Consequently, this causes a mom to be standing and or moving 16 or more hours a day and waking up a minimum of 3 times a night. In which, a mom looses all track of time and as a result, heads become foggy and forgetful and mood swings are a constant up and down. The slightest mess will cause the bottle top to pop on a bottle wine causing a nice 7oz pour of cabernet.
Now the last part of the mom overload sounds wonderful… I will take a nice big glass of cab any day but what gets us there and the cause of the pour may not be how we really want to end our day.
It will probably end in the feeling and contemplation of “What happened today? What did I accomplish? Did I really need to get mad at that?” Making that lovely glass of wine a little more like unwanted escape rather than a reward for a great mom day.
While most days in motherhood are pretty great, there are some that are not so great. Being able to recognize when you are spiraling is key to enjoying even the roughest of days and to Beat Mom Overload
Beat Mom Overload in 5 Easy Steps
Recognize. You probably have Mom Overload when you can feel the frustration well up inside. In short, a lack of patience for small things (messes and plain ole silly kid behavior) You want to cry or are just slumped on the couch in exhaustion with a fuzzy brain and can’t think. Think Goldie Hawn in Overboard clip below via You Tube!
Step Back. Take a step back and look to see what is really bothering you. Is it the kids behavior? Or for instance you have too much on your to do list and are overwhelmed? It could be a multitude of things. I don’t know about you but when I normally have too much to do in one day it sadly gets taken out on my kids, not intentionally. But when I think about why I am upset and realize I am rushing around, I usually calm down and take my day a little slower. It in ends up making me and everyone else happier. Mom after all makes or breaks the mood of the house.
Small Breaks. I have found that taking small breaks and creating a few moments for myself throughout the day has helped me avoid mom overload. Check out when and why I take these breaks from my post on Mommy’s Daily Alone Time. In Short, 5 mins a few times a day gives you a quick reset, better mood and patience through out the day.
Plan & Organize. I strongly recommend buying a planner or writing in a bullet journal. For a long time I wrote in a bullet journal and used the Daily Organizer I created… get it