Mommy Burnout Series – Part 3
From Tired to Inspired
When researchers evaluate burnout among different populations, there are three main factors they look for – exhaustion, inefficiency and depersonalization (emotional distancing). How many times have you felt beyond tired, unproductive and wanting to hide, even for a little bit? Imagine the possibilities by moving away from these signs of burnout and toward more energy, clarity and confidence.
A client once told me that the greatest gift she’s received from all her efforts has been her renewed drive to promise herself and her family more. I call this inspiration. Inspired by possibilities and opportunities that are there for you to live your best life. In this Mommy Burnout Series, Part 1 outlines red flags to look for and Part 2 teaches you how to make room for mindfulness. Here, I want to share three tools that you can use today to prevent burnout so you can go from tired to inspired.
1. KICK COMPARISON AND JUST DO YOU One of the biggest emotional energy leaks is constant comparison. Have you ever caught yourself comparing yourself to others and feeling not enough or less than perfect? This is self-sabotage at its finest. Rather than comparing yourself to others, focus on your personal intentions and wins for the day and do things the way that works best for you.
Have you ever caught yourself comparing yourself to others and feeling not enough or less than perfect?
We are all different layers and shades of what I call Mommy Mess, and it’s OK! Less comparison, less judgement and more of you. Because Mama, you’re enough.
2. RESET. REPLENISH. REST. Upon waking, take a moment to hit your reset button and start your day with a fresh lens. No matter what happened the day before or what troubling dream you had, step forward in your day with a ‘new day’ approach. Next, be mindful to replenish as you go through the day.
We don’t expect a car to run on empty, right? Your body won’t function well on empty either. Replenish and fuel-up with water, nutritious food and affirming thoughts. If you need guidance with what foods can help you the most, seek the help of a naturopathic doctor or holistic nutritionist.
Replenish and fuel-up with water, nutritious food and affirming thoughts
Last, allow yourself to rest. Make sure you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep and take breaks in your day to breathe and regroup with zero guilt.
3. SETBACK SELF-CARE LOOP It’s inevitable that bad days exist. There are things in life we can control and things that we simply can’t. For this reason, take time to regularly self-care so that when a bad situation hits, you have the foundation to quickly find your centre again.
With regular self-care practices like meditation, exercise, nourishing foods, therapeutic massage, acupuncture and doing more of what you enjoy doing, you are more resilient and self-aware during the whirlwinds of motherhood.
There are things in life we can control and things that we simply can’t
By far, adding Mom to the different hats I already wear has revealed new challenges and stretched my limits. The greatest lesson has been the importance of bringing back the art of self-care, which is why I can’t emphasise it enough. Days can feel like a marathon, but it’s amazing how quickly our children grow. So, find joy in the moments, take care of yourself and be inspired to march forward in this messy and magical world of motherhood.
DR. SINDY SHIN, ND is a Mother’s Wellness Expert, Naturopathic Doctor and Mama to her two little angels. Her private practice focuses on teaching sustainable ways to take care of your body, so it can take care of you. QWELLNESS.CA