The Lessons You Can Learn About Parenting When You Feel Burnt-Out

The Lessons You Can Learn About Parenting When You Feel Burnt-Out

As a working mom, my schedule doesn’t allow for much downtime.

My “me time” is relegated to the 45 minute commute to and from the office each day. However, I’ve always had a lot of energy and I was an over-scheduled kid, so I’m used to being busy all the time. I like having things on my calendar that I’m excited about, but to be this busy all the time is no longer sustainable. I learned some hard lessons about motherhood when I allowed myself to burn out. The biggest one was that I had to prioritize.

I turn down social engagements, not because I don’t want to see people but because I have to make choices. Sure, I can go out for drinks on a Tuesday night, but it means it will be a whole 24 hours before seeing my kids again and then, as a result, feeling like I have to make up for that lost time. Then I’ll put myself in overdrive, and as exhaustion mounts my immune system is compromised. The next thing I know, I’m sick and not able to do anything but regret cramming my schedule.

Being so tired makes it hard for me to make good food choices. It diminishes my ability to be patient. I start snapping at everyone about the dumbest things (“Why is this pen cap on the dining room table?”).

 

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