Parenting can easily burn you out and make you feel tired. Here are 7 simple ways to prevent and recover from parent burnout.
Seriously, some days I’m too tired to even be tired. Sometimes my toddler sleeps late (8:15pm… oooh!) which means more time chasing after a little guy, and less relaxing, drink-some-tea time for me. My husband also drives through an insane commute and doesn’t get home til much later, so I tend to have sole duty of the evening chaos.
Parenting seems to come with its own guaranteed exhaustion that arrives right along with the baby, no matter how organized or prepared you normally are. When you realize that changing his diaper, giving him a bath, picking him up, and every other parenting duty isn’t likely to go away any time soon, you’re hit with parent burnout.
I wanted to just crash after he was down for the night only to remember I still had to pack his lunch for the next day and realized, “Holy cow, I have to do this practically every day for the next several years!” Not a good way to start a supposedly relaxing evening.
During the moment, I feel all doom and gloom: “What has my life come to?… Weekends aren’t any better because you just have to go right back to it in two days…” and so on.
When the days grow rough and you’re ready to down a glass of wine and “forget” all the tasks, consider the following ways you can prevent and deal with parent burnout.
How to prevent parent burnout
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- The Surprising Factor that Gives You Work-Life Balance
- Why Boredom is Good for Your Child
- Being a Working Mom Doesn’t Suck
Tell me in the comments: How do you prevent and deal with parent burnout? Are there certain conditions that make you more likely to feel burned out?
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