10 Ways to Avoid Mommy Burnout

You’re only a few months into this mommyhood thing and you’re ready to tear your hair our. The diapers, the sleepless nights, the nonsensical babbling conversations—you feel like a shell of your former self. Never fear, you can get back on track to a well-rounded lifestyle (which still includes plenty of precious baby time!) with these 10 tips.

1. Remember, You’re Not a One-Woman Show

Don’t be afraid to rely on your partner or a family member for help. Another person isn’t always going to do things exactly the way you do, but that’s ok. Having a second set of hands to wash dishes, help with laundry, give your child a bath, etc. is a blessing. Share responsibilities and you’ll be a happier camper.

2. Do Something Your Former Self Would Do

Remember life pre-kids? What did you love to do? Go to the movies? Get a pedicure? Spend an afternoon window shopping? Do it! Book that babysitter (see #6) or leave baby home with dad and go do something you used to love.

3. Be a Joiner

If you happen to be a stay-at-home mom, you might find yourself feeling the walls close in on you by the time your baby hits three months. It’s time to get out. Join a mom’s group (visit meetup.com to find one in your area) or sign your baby up for some sort of class.a

4.  Huff and Puff

Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind after you’ve had a baby or if you’re running around after a couple toddlers all day. Try to work it in a couple times a week anyway. Believe it or not, you have options. Working full time? Try doing a few laps in your office complex during lunch or walking the mall. At home with the kids? Many gyms offer child-care services while you’re working out.

5. Use Your Brain

If you’re staying home full-time with your children, it’s easy to slip into the minutia of daily chores and running around after kids only to pass out exhausted at the end of the day. Eventually, your brain may feel like it’s turning to mush. Just like the rest of your body, you need to flex that cerebral muscle.

6. Take Advantage of Friends and Relatives

For babysitting, of course! Don’t be shy about asking. The worst they can do is say no. My 32-year-old bachelor brother is our go-to sitter for our 10-month-old daughter. It’s rare we can snag him on a Friday or Saturday night, but we’re fine with date night on a Tuesday if it means a free babysitter we can trust.

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