5 ways to avoid mom burnout

With all the stress flying around here lately, I’ve begun to feel a bit worn down. Time to think of some things that restore my energy instead of taking more. Here are some of the things that help me.
I’d love to hear in comments what you do when you’re feeling beat by life and need that little extra pep in your step.

1. Do a project. Something about scrapbooking a few pages or organizing a couple of drawers or rearranging the living room gives me a sense of accomplishment, even in the midst of other challenging situations. This week I cut some extra dish towels into quarters and hemmed them to make cloth napkins. (They’ll come in handy during our 30 days of nothing next month!) Next week I’m hoping to get my bathroom painted — it’s been needing it for awhile and a couple weeks ago I found a gallon of the perfect color for $5, thanks to someone who’d had the paint mixed and then returned it to the store. (By the way, if you’re in need of paint, always check the ‘reject’ paint at the paint store. You’d be surprised at the nice colors that people return. It is usually marked down at least 50%. And don’t forget that you can mix a couple of similar colors if you need more than a gallon’s worth.)

2. Make some lists. When I’m stressed and overly busy, I can feel so scatter-brained that I have a hard time remembering what is most important to get done. Making a list makes it easier even on a stressful day to evaluate my time and get at least a few of the most important things done. This goes a long way toward lowering my stress levels.

3. Get some extra rest. I’m a night owl, and when I have lots to do, I tend to stay up later and later. When the stress is winning over sanity inside my head, I’ll often realize I’ve stayed up until 2 several nights in a row. Often a couple nights of midnight bedtimes are all it takes to help me feel in control of my life again.

4. Spend some quality time with my husband. A couple nights ago when the stress was getting to me, my husband and I put the kids to bed and went and sat in the swimming pool. We watched the sunset and chatted and griped and schemed and laughed. For an hour and a half. It was wonderful!

5. Focus on doing things 15 minutes better each day.

How about you? What do you do when you start feeling burned out?