Over at 3 Kids and Us, Cat brought up mommy mental meltdowns. We’ve all had them, especially when our kids are very young and we’re being stretched beyond capacity to be super mom. We kind of feel like Elastigirl… only without the power to stretch (ow!).

Reading Cat’s post made me think. Mommies need to take time to relax once in awhile. We think we have to go, go, go but it’s important that we wind down, too!

*Disclaimer: None of this has to do with Cat, but all mommies in general! lol Just didn’t want anyone to think I’m preaching – now THAT would be funny. It’s just good advice to everyone, including myself! ;-)

Okay, back to meltdowns. When it comes to mommy meltdowns, prevention is key. So I started to think of the things that make me feel good, things I do for me and not for everyone else. And I’m hoping you’ll share some of the ways that you wind down, too!

Lindsey’s list of things she has to do to keep her blood pressure normal:

  • Take time to read a fun book a few times a week. (Right now I’m reading Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle – yes, STILL – but coming up next is Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell, one I’m really excited about!)

  • Get exercise, whether it’s EA Sports Active or a walk outside with Emma in her stroller.

  • I know a lot of people love their baths to wind down. I don’t take baths much but I do like a nice hot shower every morning. There’s no way I would be sane without that. Starting the morning right is so necessary!

  • Get enough sleep! I can just hear the laughter now… but seriously, when the kids nap you can nap. If you need the sleep, sleep! Don’t try to get everything done while the kids are napping and sacrifice your sleep.

I know it’s hard to make time for these things, but if you can get some help from your husband (our husbands generally see it’s in everyone’s best interest that you don’t have a meltdown, lol) or even just give yourself some slack and not put so much on your to-do list, you might find it helps a lot! I really do have a lot to say about how much pressure we as moms put on ourselves to be perfect and do everything for our family (I am supermom!), but that comes later in a separate post. ;-)

So tell me, what do you do to wind down and prevent mommy meltdown?

Thank you sooo much for sharing this post! :-)



8 Responses to Mommy Meltdown Prevention Tips

  • Uh, I pretty much melted down yesterday. LOL

    Things I like to do is get out, whether it's a walk at the park or a stroll in the store. It helps me alot.

    Reading is nice too, but its been pretty hard to get that in.

    What's a bath? lol… I nearly never get those, and showers usually if my daughter is asleep or she'll be screaming at the bathroom door or sticking her head in the shower.

    A chic flick! I never ever really get to watch them anymore… I miss that soooo much!

  • I seem to do fine until that last hour of the day and then I'm just drained; if I have a melt down the last hour of the day is when it'll happen. I've learned to prioritize my time better and always include doing something I enjoy. Working out with the EA Active has helped a lot too!

  • I seem to have a mini meltdown at least once a day. Usually at lunch time when every one is tired and hungry. As tension builds I usually say "OK time out!" and everyone heads to separate places in the living room to sit and read quietly while I get regain some foothold

  • Hello! I'm new to your blog and I LOVE IT! I have a 4 month old son and an 8 year old step-son and I often have a near melt-down day!

    I love to walk with the stroller! Great stress reliever! I also love to do outside work. Having my husband take the baby so I can mow the yard or work in the flower beds is a must for me at least once a week! I am ALL BY MYSELF and can think to the roar of the lawn mower!

    Look forward to stopping back!

  • I'm starting to see the value of "leaving the house" as a much needed meltdown inhibitor! :)

  • Sometimes I have to send myself to my room . . . for an hour or so.

  • such a great list, it even helps for non-kiddo related temptations to melt down. I wish I could just point some of my mommy friends over hear without them being totally offended that their childless friend is telling them how to parent. Seriously I'm not sure who made moms feel like they have to go non-stop.

  • Erin: A stroll in the store is a GREAT addition! I should have added that. :-) If you have a child who melts down in stores you might want to leave them with the hubby, LOL. Chick flicks are a great addition as well.

    Elizabeth: Prioritizing is SO important! I'm still learning to do that… ;-)

    Holly: I think it's great that your kids know when its time out – it's not a punishment, it's just to save everyone's sanity! :-) I think sometimes parents think they HAVE to entertain their child every moment of the day – but kids need to learn to think of others, including their parents. It's part of learning about life!

    Emily Jean: Welcome and I hope you come back again! If I had a garden, I would SO love to take time to be outside working on it. We live in an apartment, unfortunately, so I have to think of other ways.

    Kyooty: You said it!

    Michelle: LOL! I know what you mean. I do too.

    Marissa: You're right, even people without kids need their wind-down time. We can get overloaded with life's stresses so easily. But when it comes to moms, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect for some reason. I'm not sure why, it's not like with self-image, feeling fat because hollywood is so skinny and getting surgery all the time. I don't think we want to copy hollywood's parenting styles… LOL.

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