For The Mom Who Feels Burned-Out

I opened up my Facebook page and I was overwhelmed by all the engagement that my facebook post was receiving. I think all the engagement speaks to the truth of how easily a mom can become burned-out.

Every time I write about something or post a picture on my Facebook page or Instagram, I do it with a specific person in mind. I write as if I am having a conversation with her. 

The Facebook post I am speaking about was a simple verse from the Bible.

“The Joy of the Lord is my Strength” Psalm 28:7

We have been blessed with the gift of motherhood. Although a blessing, it often comes with great sacrifice and the need of physical and mental rest. When we don’t take the time to slow down the burned-out feeling overwhelms us.

Recently, I stumbled upon an instagram post by Manda Carpenter. She described motherhood perfectly through her recent experience in fostering two little girls.

“Today is proof that my joy and heartache can coexist”

With these few words, she illustrated what I have been feeling lately.

Being a mom has been one of my greatest joys, but it doesn’t mean that this stage of my life isn’t hard. 

Motherhood has brought to light my sinful nature. It has taught me to humble myself and ask for forgiveness. Not only to my kids but to my own mom. It has shown me compassion and grace. 

Most importantly, it has helped me to understand God’s unconditional love for me.

As moms, most of our days look very similar. 

We give. We serve. We love.  

Some days we cry and others we hide. We some times finish our days feeling burned-out.

Those days when there is no more to give and all I want is to rest, these three things help me to keep going.

Find an outlet

Blogging has become this for me. Writing my thoughts down has helped me to be able to express myself better. 

I am able to examine the roots of my feelings and pin-point what I need to change. 

It has made me a more patient mom and wife. Even though I am the writer, I am also learning from what I read and write. It is also a good reminder of how God is working in my life.

Find an outlet for yourself. It doesn’t have to be writing, it can be anything that helps you. I know of people that find knitting has provided similar results. 

Think about something that you would like to try or maybe you already know that you are good at and give it a go.

Just start doing more of that!

Find a community

It has been a blessing to be able to talk to other moms about the challenges that come with motherhood.

Find a community close to you. Most churches have mom groups and if yours doesn’t look at it as an opportunity for you to start one.

Four times a year I attend an event called Mom2Mom. The purpose of this event is for younger moms to have the opportunity to interact with older moms. We are able to learn from their experiences and ask for advice as we need it.

Connect with the strength that never runs out

Motherhood illustrates our relationship with God. 

He understands what we are going through. He empathizes with us. 

As a child of God I have seen myself so many times through my kids’ actions. The difference being that God’s tank never hits empty. 

During the times when you feel burned-out you can draw from his strength.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

I was invited to guest blog for Bible Reasons. I wrote about how God’s truth has helped me through times when all I wanted was rest but my mind wouldn’t shut down. I listed two ways that will help you connect with God and be reminded of his truth whenever you need it.

MamiMalista was created to build community among moms that needed to know that they are not alone. Become part of the conversation. Let me know in the comments what other ways you have found to be helpful when you have felt like there is nothing else to give.

11 thoughts on “For The Mom Who Feels Burned-Out

  1. I have trouble finding and keeping my “tribe” because I am such a loner and I work fulltime outside the home; being a homeschool mom that makes me a rarity in an ocean of sahm. Makes it hard to commit to regular playdates or momdates because I work in healthcare and my schedule can change almost daily sometimes. I garden when I can as an outlet.

    1. I know some people that work in healthcare and their schedules are crazy. I homeschooled last year. I know what you mean. It is hard to make plans when you have your kids with you all the time. Have you looked into joining homeschooling mom groups?

      Gardening sounds so relaxing. I tried it two years ago but we went on vacation and everything died. It was hard to keep it going and then I got pregnant 🙂

  2. I love this. I struggle with feeling constantly burned out and it can be so hard to bounce back from the little things. Having a group of mom friends has definitely helped, and starting my blog has been almost as beneficial. Great post!

    1. Thank you! Having mom friends has made a big difference on how I parent my kids. I am so glad you also have a group of friend and that you are a fellow blogger!

  3. So beautiful. The love, the pain, the joy, the pleasure – as moms, daughters, sisters, freinds – it is all part of our glorious life! Thanks for creating a space for this community.

    1. Motherhood has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. It has helped me grow like no other experience in my life 🙂

  4. I agree with this completely finding an outlet is a must! I too started blogging because I needed something for myself. It’s done wonders for me, and honestly I think it’s making me become a better Mother for our children because I like you said “It’s a place to get your thoughts out and express yourself.”

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