Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Yes, you can put yourself first!

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Are you overwhelmed by your daily to-do list? Do you feel burned out?

A lot of moms do, so you’re definitely not alone. We did a story about it in the January issue of HealthyLife, the women’s health magazine I edit, and the experts our writer spoke with say there’s a relatively easy way to prevent it.

Put ourselves first.

Problem is, not too many moms seem willing to do that. And when we do, we feel guilty.

We all know the logic behind it. A happy mom means a happy family (at least generally). When we’re rested and feeling our best, we take better care of everybody else. Plus, it’s good for our kids to see that we value ourselves — that we’re worth our own time.

So why is it so hard to do?

I have to say, I think I’m getting past my burnout stage. My kids are older. They take care of most of their own daily maintenance stuff. One doesn’t even live at home anymore except on school breaks.

I do think burnout is generally worse for mothers of younger children — especially when those moms also have full-time jobs outside the home. Those women never get a chance to relax.

It may be easier said than done, but take the experts’ advice. Put yourself first. Take some time off from your responsibilities to get in some exercise or some much-needed time with the girls (or your significant other). Hire a baby-sitter. Your kids will be better for it.

And so will you!

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