Parental burnout. We’ve all been there. Much as we love our kids, we all have days where we feel we cannot wash one more sticky hand, fold one more load of laundry, or read one one more Dr. Seuss book. Chances are, when you feel this way, you are suffering from parental burnout.
Most of us know we need to take care of ourselves to be the best parent we can be to our children. As we are told on on airplanes, in the event of an emergency give yourself oxygen first, then give to your child. You need to feel good yourself to be able to care for your child.
Unfortunately, life gets in the way, and moms, perhaps women in general, tend to put the needs of others before their own. Some of us think of “ME” time as a selfish indulgence.
Moms need to find a way to regroup and re-energize to combat burnout. You can find ways to de-stress that do not cost a lot of money or time.
Some ideas are:
- A warm soak in the tub
- A girl’s night out
- Adult conversation (even on the phone)
- An hour in Barnes and Noble reading a book by yourself
- A nap.
We want to hear from you – How do you recharge?