Have you ever said to yourself “OMG, I’m just way too tired to get up/play/clean up/make supper/go to bed/etc.”?
Have you ever felt like society expects moms to put everyone else first while keeping the house clean, be a good partner, keep their kids engaged, make food for the bake sale, take care of the finances, remember all of the birthday parties, make crafts with their kids, etc. all while looking like they are put together and everything is seamless and easy?
I’m exhausted reading this!
Meanwhile, you are dropping/anxious/frustrated and screaming on the inside?
These may be signs that you are an exhausted mama. Here are some ways you can tell:
- You feel too exhausted to have fun with your kids (or to do almost anything, including getting off the couch to go to bed),
- This exhaustion leads you to feeling guilty or like you aren’t good enough,
- You feel selfish because you really do want to take care of yourself and feel better (but then end up eating the kids scraps, and even if you wanted to take care of yourself you wouldn’t have the energy to start)
- You feel angry over little things (like when you are making supper and the kids are fighting over something small, AGAIN) and like you are just “going through the motions”
These are just some of the potential signs. Have you thought any of these? The thing is that there may be several things happening here from your eating habits, stress levels, fitness levels, or a combination of all of these (or more).
What can you do about it? How do you get your energy back so you can have fun with you kids?
- Take time to discover where you are now (how you feel physically and emotionally, your health, your eating and fitness habits, your mood, how you talk to yourself)
- Decide where you want to go. If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you get there? If you know the difference between the two it makes it easier to take the first step
- Decide on the first right step and only take baby steps so that you are creating a new habit
- Get support. This can be from your family, a local community, an online community, by joining a challenge or working with a coach.
I am working on a new challenge to help exhausted moms get your energy back so you can have fun with your kids.
If you want to be one of the first to find out about this, send me an email at Kelly@KellyRRyan.com saying you want in and your email address and I will put you on the waitlist.
You don’t have to feel exhausted, you can get your energy back. Feeling selfish for wanting to take care of yourself is just plain wrong.
In fact if you get your energy back, you will have more energy to take care of your family and have fun.