Mums are overwhelmed. They are worried about their kids’ future. They are worried about their careers. They feel like they don’t have enough time to do the things they want to do.
Add to this a lack of sleep, low energy levels, poor body image and a lack of support from partners and you have a recipe for anxiety, depression and burn out.
Mums are under an enormous amount of pressure. They feel like they are being compared to other mums, that everyone in their family needs and wants their attention, and that they bear the burden of how well – or not well – their kids are doing on their own.
So what can be done about it?
The good news is that there are lots of tools and techniques that can help and support mums.
Here are just some of the things we can work on together:
Improving time management
Improving self confidence
Looking at things differently / shifting perspective / reframing
Increasing self love and self care
Developing strategies to handle difficult situations
Developing ways to better deal with stressful situations
Learning ways to improve communication
Working on changing mindset
Discovering hidden strengths
As mums, we don’t have to do everything for everyone. We need to be kind to ourselves, know that it’s OK to ask for help and take time out for self care.
Communicating well with our partners and making time for things like date nights can make a big difference to how supported we feel.
Keeping things in perspective and trying to be present and calm for our kids is a great place to start. Know that everything happens at its own pace.
Your kids won’t be babies forever and the challenges of parenting will shift and change over the years. The ability to adapt and grow as a parent is one of the keys to enjoying the ride!