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Mom burnout is real. As a busy Christian mom, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the daily demands of motherhood. Sometimes, I get so distracted with being a mom that I forget to take care of myself.
Am I alone here?
Do you do this also?
I know. Silly question. We all do it.
We pour all of our time and energy into taking care of our families, and we leave very little time for ourselves.
What happens when WE feel like we can’t continue or we hit a wall?
That’s when mom burnout sets in.
Unfortunately, mom burnout is a serious struggle that affects many moms. Sometimes, it can be extremely difficult to overcome.
With some practical strategies and the gracious help of God, it’s possible to overcome mom burnout and find the real joy of motherhood again.
Today, I’m sharing 5 Bible-based strategies to help you (and me) overcome mom burnout.
These strategies not only help you find peace in the chaos, but they will strengthen your relationship with God, as well.
I hope you are encouraged and inspired by these.
Prioritize Your Relationship with God
As Christian moms, it is essential that we prioritize our relationships with God. If/when we put Him first, everything else in our lives will fall into place as He has planned it.
We are able to find strength and peace in Him, even when the world (and maybe our homes) are completely chaotic around us.
Start with Prayer
A practical way to ensure that your relationship with God is a priority is to begin your day with prayer. It’s a great addition to your morning routine.
Wake up a little earlier than everyone in your house. Spend that time with God before the day becomes hectic. Pray, read God’s word, and listen for His voice.
It doesn’t have to be a long time. Just a few minutes every day alone with God will make a huge difference.
As you are going through your daily tasks, incorporate worship into your routine. This is another great way to prioritize your relationship with God.
Be creative about how you are spending time with God. It can be while you are doing household chores, waiting in the school pick-up line, or standing in the aisle at the grocery store. You can listen to music or podcasts while you are doing almost anything during your day.
Check out these verses for encouragement to prioritize your relationship with God.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” – Psalm 28:7a (NIV)
When you prioritize your relationship with God, you’ll find the peace and strength that you need to face and overcome mom burnout.
Establish a Consistent Self-Care Routine
Often, we hear about self-care and its importance. If we really think about it, it’s crucial for all moms. However, it might be especially important for Christian moms who are prone to put others before themselves.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish. You have to be physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally strong in order to do the best job you can as a mother.
That means that self-care is an essential part of being a mom–in order to prevent mom burnout and maintain your well-being overall.
Make it Non-negotiable
One way to set a consistent self-care routine is to put it into your daily or weekly schedule. Make it a non-negotiable, like all the other appointments and obligations on your list.
You can take a bubble bath, go for a walk, read a book, or listen to music. Take the time to do the activities that recharge you.
Notice the Need
Unfortunately, most of the time, when we notice we need to take care of ourselves, it’s almost too late.
Realize that it is important to recognize when you need a break. Give yourself permission to take a break–mentally or physically.
Never feel guilty about taking time for yourself.
Remember the saying, You can’t pour from an empty cup. If you aren’t at your best, you can’t give your best to others.
Read these verses to remind you to take care of yourself:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
If you have a consistent self-care routine, you will be better equipped to handle all the demands of motherhood and overcome mom burnout when it arises.
Set Boundaries to Avoid Mom Burnout
Have you ever thought, as a mom, that you have to do it all?
Sometimes it feels like we have to say YES to every opportunity that comes and every request that is made.
The truth is, we can’t do it all. It’s okay to say NO sometimes.
To avoid mom burnout, you have to set boundaries.
I know! I said those two words–SET BOUNDARIES.
As moms, that’s hard to do. We want our children to be able to participate in everything they want to do. We want to be available for family and friends when they need us.
However, we have to prioritize our time and energy so that we can avoid burnout. We have to focus on what is most important and what matters the most.
For me, it’s hard to say NO. I know how hard it is for some people to ask for help, so when they do, I don’t say NO. Then I have a calendar that is completely full of YESES and no time for me. There are times I double and triple-book myself.
That’s just me. Right? You’ve never done that have you?
Setting boundaries might mean that you have to say NO to commitments, allow others to do tasks, or take a step back to focus on your family.
These verses may help you find the importance of setting boundaries:
“Let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no.” – Matthew 5:37a (NIV)
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Setting boundaries enables you to prioritize time and energy. It is a great way to avoid mom burnout.
Build a Support System
We need one another to lean on as moms. That means we need to build support systems of friends, family, and other Christian moms who understand the challenges we face as busy Christian moms.
An easy and practical way to begin building a support system is to get involved in your local church or community. You can attend Bible studies, events, or moms’ groups in your area to connect with other moms who share your values and experiences.
Reach out and connect with others. Be intentional in your connections, and ask for help when you need it.
Don’t be afraid to ask your friend to watch your children while you run a few errands. Never be ashamed to vent to someone you trust and who understands what’s going on.
Here are some verses that can remind you of the importance of community:
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.” – Hebrews 10:25a (NIV)
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
By building a support system, you’ll be able to find encouragement, accountability, and practical help as you navigate the challenges of motherhood.
Practice Gratitude to Combat Mom Burnout
As busy moms, it’s easy to get caught up in the stresses and challenges of motherhood. Practicing gratitude can help to shift our perspective and combat mom burnout.
We should focus on the things for which we are thankful; we will be reminded of the blessing God has given us in our lives.
An easy way to practice gratitude is to begin writing in a gratitude journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be a simple notebook where you write the things for which you are grateful every day.
Take just a few minutes daily to write down 3 things. They can be big or small, but the key is to think about the positive things in your life.
If you need help coming up with some things to write about, I have created a set of Gratitude Cards. You can grab them here. There are 16 reusable cards to help you think about something for which to be grateful.
Thank God for Blessings
Gratitude journals are a great way to write down your gratitude, but you can also do this without writing.
As you go through your day, focus on the good things around you. Thank God for His blessings in your life. These can be big things like miracles you and your family have received, or they can be little things–like sunsets. Be thankful to God for a helpful friend or a moment of clarity and peace–the good things in life.
Read these verses to remember to practice gratitude:
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 118:1 (NIV)
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
You can avoid mom burnout and cultivate a positive attitude when you practice gratitude in your daily life.
It is often too easy to feel burnt out and overwhelmed. By incorporating these five Bible-based strategies into your daily life, you will be able to overcome mom burnout and thrive as a mother.
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Stay Connected to God
Build a Support System
When you do these things, you can navigate the challenges of your daily life as a Christian mom with joy, strength, grace, and peace.
Sometimes, it may feel like the daily demands of motherhood will never end. Remember that you are not alone.
God is with you all the time. He will help you through every challenge you face if you allow Him to. Lean on God for guidance and strength, and remember that He loves you and values you.
As you are working through these strategies, don’t forget to grab my Gratitude Cards. They are a practical tool to help you when you are cultivating a spirit of gratitude in your life. Each card has a prompt/question for reflection. They are perfect for busy Christian moms who need a quick minute of gratitude in their days.
The Bible says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, NIV).
Remember, with God’s help, you are able to overcome mom burnout and anything else life throws your way. Enjoy your journey as a Christian mom.