Is parenting getting the better of you? The good news at this challenging time is that it gets the better of everyone at one point or another. There is always going to be that day where nothing feels okay, where you are overwhelmed, touched out, or feel like you are on the edge, but what is important is how you handle this. You can allow this problem to fester and grow worse, or you can do something about it that should end with a productive result. If you want to know more, keep reading.
Take A Break
On the list in the first place, you need to take a break. You are a mom, you are not a superhuman! Yes, you do a lot. Yes, you have to do a lot because your kid or kids need you, but you are human first and foremost. Your needs and wants are just as valid as anyone else’s, and you should not let anyone tell you otherwise. There is nothing wrong with taking a break when you are a stressed-out parent no matter how this looks.
For some people, it is leaving their kids with someone they trust for a few hours while they go out and just have some time to themselves. For others, it’s taking a bath with the door locked, knowing that your kids are safe with someone out there. If you need a break when parenting is getting the better of you, take one.
Find Others Who Understand
You always hear people commenting and judging the way that other people parent, but have you ever stopped to think that there are others out there feeling the way that you feel right now? Probably not, but it’s time to find those people. You can find support groups for struggling single moms if you look around online, you can find social media pages and so much more. It helps to know that you are not the only one who feels like they are being beaten over the head by motherhood, and it helps to have a safe space with people who get it.
Talk About How You Are Feeling
Finally, this one might seem obvious but so many people refuse to do it. You need to talk about how you are feeling. This isn’t always easy and you might be worried about being judged, but sometimes you just need to get the thoughts out of your head and into the world. The person that you choose to talk to can be a friend, a family member, a professional, or whoever you trust to share how you are feeling with. It’s okay to feel, and it’s okay to let those feelings out, even if they are negative.
The fact of the matter is that there are going to be times when parenting is going to get the better of you, but it’s okay. It’s okay to feel like this, as long as you are willing to do something about it to help yourself. You are not the only one who feels this way, and there’s absolutely no need for you to hide it, we promise.