Sometimes we get too busy, life gets to us, and we begin feeling overwhelmed. Like the tree bark photo below, we feel peeled raw, falling apart, imperfect and unable to be the “perfect” person. But life isn’t perfect. We can’t expect everything to go smoothly — there will be bumpy roads on our journey. Here’s a poem and some resources to help you be the parent your kids need — even when you’re tired and worn out.
Too many things to do
A To-Do list a mile long
prerequisites and tasks
supermom is missing.
Vanished in the night.
Maybe she never was.
The pretense of
having it all together
to tread water.
How to escape?
Let go of pretenses
drop the weighted ropes
pulling me down
and tiring me out.
But pride keeps me blinded.
My idealized life
doesn’t match reality.
I need to let go…
Let go of the unachievable
and begin to breathe.
Resources for When You are Feeling Overwhelmed
Here are some blog posts for when you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired, or just not good enough as a parent. Let me add, though, that these resources are no stand-in for seeking professional help if you are depressed — please, please, please, seek help. That being said, these links may be helpful for the standard everyday parent “burnout.” Links will open in a new window for your convenience.
- How to Recognize Depression and Get Effective Help
- Setting Personal Boundaries ….And Not Feeling Bad About It
- Respecting Your Limits: Avoiding Mama Burnout
- Stuck in Survival Mode? Transform Stress
- All The Wonderful Love a Mom Can Carry
- Balance isn’t finding the perfect position; balance is allowing God to move us.
- What You Didn’t Expect When You Were Expecting
- When Your World Seems Like It Is Crashing Down
- Simple Ways to Connect With Your Kids When You’re Already Tired
And if you want to see more, check out my Mothering + Parenting Pinterest board:
What About You? How Do You Cope With Feeling Overwhelmed?
Do you take a break when you’re feeling overwhelmed? How do you recharge? Maybe a short nap, a shower to relax, or a fun afternoon out with the family? I’d love to hear your tips for finding peace and sanity in a busy and hectic world.