I spoke with Charlotte Caunter of Health SHEro and she wants to help you understand and work through Mom Burnout.
Here are some signs you are heading to burnout:
-Snapping at your kids, family, or your surroundings
-Unable to handle other's big emotions
-Feeling anxious more than normal
-On edge but not sure why
-Overeating or undereating
Once you have identified that yes, you have hit burnout mode, now you need to take some time each day to access where you are in regard to the red flags. How are you feeling today? and to help get out of the burnout cycle you will want to start with creating a solid self-care routine and make sure you take a moment to understand why you are practicing it.
One thing she likes to do is right down three things she is thankful for and if she doesn't start to smile or start to feel good after writing those things down, then she keeps going until she starts to feel differently. Through practicing this sort of routine regularly and starting to understand who you are at your core and not what you have been labeling yourself as you will be able to start tackling the burnout by practicing other healthy habits.
We have gotten so used to being busy just doing all the things on our to do list or responding to others that we no longer are paying attention to what we need for ourselves. We are on autopilot and no longer being present and this is a sure way to lead yourself to burnout.
She feels it is important to get these things down on paper.
She has 3 sections in her journal to work through:
-Gratitude-stating what she is thankful for
-7 dreams so you know what you want to create in/with your life
-3 goals of the day, this can be as simple as cleaning the bathroom, but make sure one of your goals is centered around fun
-Practice meditation as it will bring you into a state of receiving. You can try guided meditations to help you get started with as little as 5 minutes a day and then add as much time as you feel comfortable with.
-Physical movement connects you to your body; you can stretch or dance around the house, the key is to find something that is enjoyable for you.
-Last know what to eat and what not to eat when you are stressed out and your digestive system shuts down when stressed so make sure to eat foods that your body doesn't have to work so hard to digest when stressed out.
Make sure to also involve your children in your practices so that they can begin to understand the importance of taking care of themselves and living a healthier life.