Hope For The Exhausted Mama
I have been exhausted. Not the kind of exhausted that a quick nap will fix, but a weary, wrung out, emotional, mental and physical exhaustion.
This mom life is so incredibly beautiful...and so incredibly exhausting.
Motherhood is no joke.
It can be exhausting and overwhelming as we continually go from one thing to the next; a monotonous, endless cycle of juggling, and acting as CEO of all things family life.
There are days we would much rather stay in bed, then play referee between the squabbling siblings, tackling the endless pile of dishes, preparing meals...again, or reminding our child to do their chore for the 100thtime that week.
Our patience is tested, the noise gets irritating and we are pulled in so many different directions.
All of these little stresses can accumulate into the prefect recipe for an overwhelmed and exhausted mama.
This is the place where we are at our weakest, but in our weakness God is strong and He says He will strengthen us.
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.
“I can do all things, through Christ...”includes motherhood.
I know you are tired mama. You’re tired and wondering if and how you’re going to make it.
How is it that the people and the moments that brings us the most joy, also have the potential to make us so exhausted?
Not every day is going to be sunshine and rainbows. There are also the bone-weary days where we feel as if we’re going to break.
But as mama’s, we don’t have the luxury of coming undone. Our families depend on us, and because there is so much depending on us, we have to find our strength to keep going, outside of ourselves and rely on God’s promises.
But how do we overcome the exhaustion and find joy, when we’re so tired?
Here’s the good news.
It’s not always going to be like this. This too shall pass, and eventually you won’t be so darn exhausted.
The weary, wrung out, emotional, mental and physically exhausting days will not last forever. Exhaustion in motherhood is normal. You’re not alone, and youwillmake it!
Yes, motherhood is tiring, but through Christ we can do all things. We can keep our heads above water and even bring joy back to the journey.
9 Tips For The Exhausted Mom:
Have a quiet time, first thing in the morning before the day starts. Even if it’s just 10 minutes. Spend time reading The Word and thanking God for all His many blessings. The way we start our day, sets the foundation for the rest of the day.
Slow down. Don’t add extra outings or activities to your schedule. Cut things out if you need to. It’s not a competition for busyness...the most exhausted mommy does not win the prize ;)
Stay home more. Packing up children to head out of the house can easily add stress. Avoid it, by staying home more if you can.
Let things go a bit...but not to the point where the mess adds more stress. Go into maintenance mode around the house and for meals. Keep up with necessities to keep the mess from piling up, but don’t take on any major cleaning or organizing projects at this time.
Remember to rest. Take a nap if you can or go to bed earlier.
Play some uplifting praise and worship music. What we hear can influence our attitude and our thoughts.
Play. Do something fun and easy with your kids and enjoy the moment.
Keep a positive attitude. Our attitude has a huge impact on our environment.
Ask for help, whether that’s from your spouse or a family member. Have your older children help out more too.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
I believe that this is reason to hope and press on for tired and exhausted moms.
God has blessed us with the “burden “of motherhood and I believe that it is meant to be a blessing and a joy, even amidst the exhaustion.
I am not a doctor, so don’t take my advice as a guaranteed prescription. I am however, another mama, trying to juggle it all. And just like you, trying to thrive and find joy in the midst of the motherhood trenches.
We mamas have a huge impact on the environment in our home. So, take care of yourself, slow down if you need to, rest and take some of the pressure off.
Now let Netflix help you “babysit” for a bit and go have a nap…