Tips for Managing Overwhelm
The words overwhelm and chaos are often used to describe most women’s motherhood journey. Between working (70% of mothers work), managing household tasks, and child rearing, there is an underlying culture of overwhelm and anxiety that envelops most parents at an early stage.
While I have yet to figure out the perfect formula, I’ve recently come across some really great resources that can help parents manage and RECLAIM peace, calm, and, dare I say it, balance in their lives.
- If you are a listener – listen to “It’s a Real Mother” series from The Longest Shortest Time podcast. It discusses work/life “balance” for moms, the culture and society most of us live in, and ways to open up the conversation to help level out that heavily tipped overwhelm scale.
- If you are a reader- read Overwhelmed: How to work, love and play when no one has the time by Brigid Schulte. It’s a lengthy read, but well worth it. It helps outline how our society has gotten to this place of overwhelm as a whole. It also explores different cultures that are working to make it different (dare I say, right?). It’s well worth the read, if not only to appease your concerns that you are the only mom that is feeling like you are drowning in the overwhelm.
- If you are a watcher – Last year I did a self-care challenge in my Facebook Group, Reality Tykes. It was a six week series, in which I outlined ways to manage the overwhelm and make time to nourish your soul. Watch the videos here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6.
In this hectic time of year, I hope that you are able to enjoy each moment the season brings and escape some of the chaos and overwhelm that can overtake this joy.