At some point, all mothers experience sanity burnout.
I have a few tips that might help ease the craziness of motherhood just a little bit.
After a real, honest conversation with myself I began dropping and adding things to my life to make it a little easier.
These are the 8 things that have been the best sanity savers!
Make a snack and drink station for your kids.
Do your kids ask you a thousand times a day for a drink or snack? Mine did, and it drove me bonkers. The first week of the summer I decided to try making a drink and snack station for the kids.
We went to the store and picked out some very inexpensive reusable plastic water bottles. Each kid had their own design so we could tell them apart. These became the ONLY cup they were allowed to use throughout the day to drink their water out of.
Then I put a basket of snacks in the fridge with things they were allowed to snack on. There was enough snacks for each kid to have one of each item in the basket. Once the snacks were gone from the basket, snacking was over for the day. They learned very quickly to snack wisely.
The beautiful part? I was no longer in the kitchen every 5 minutes.
Bonus tip: Keep the reusable water bottle by their bed so when they are thirsty they can drink it. This eliminates the bedtime water trick.
When I started doing this I noticed the kids were not even drinking the water. They were just using the “I’m thirsty” bit to keep getting out of bed.
That magically stopped when I started putting the water bottle on their nightstands.
Stop making every single thing from scratch.
This was actually much harder for me to let go of than I thought it would be. I used to make EVERYTHING from scratch. I made sandwich bread, muffins, seasoning mixes, all our meals and desserts, yogurt…you name it…
It was how I spent my days for a LONG TIME and I enjoyed doing it for the most part.
I love to cook.
When I started going to school full time I no longer had hours on end to spend cooking and baking each day. Meal times were stressing me out, so I resolved to buy my bread and a few other items simply out of convenience.
This was like a breath of fresh air. As much as I enjoyed cooking like that, there was a HUGE burden I placed on myself to do it.
You can still feed your family well even if you use a few products for convenience
Make a morning checklist for your kids to get themselves ready for school.
Last year I was stressed to the max getting the kids ready for school in the morning! This year I vowed to do less yelling and help the kids learn to be more independent.
So far it is helping them stay on task in the morning. They are getting ready very fast compared to last year, there is less fighting and I am much less stressed when I kiss them good-bye in the morning.
Order your groceries online.
Have you ever ordered your groceries online and had them delivered to your door? It is amazing! Now there are some things I still shop locally for, but the bulk of my household supplies and groceries are delivered.
There are lots of options and I use several different services for different types of products. Check out places like Thrive Market and Amazon’s Prime Pantry. If you live in a big city many grocery stores have a delivery service.
Wal-Mart and many other chain grocers are offering “order ahead” services where you place your order online then just go and pick it up.
If you are anything like me (I hate grocery shopping) this is a revolutionary idea!
Stop making your own cleaners.
This tip was life-changing for me. I talk a little about it here but in short, I used to spend way too much time making my own cleaners.
They didn’t work as well as commercial products so it would take longer to get the job done. They smelled pretty awful, most of them were vinegar based. I would try to mask the smell of the vinegar with essential oils and it would end up smelling like pickled what ever oil I had stuck in it!
While I really wanted to use safe, biodegradable cleaners I HATED the homemade versions.
I decided to try some of the friendlier commercial products and it totally changed how I viewed cleaning!
Amazing how something so simple can make such an impact.
Streamline your morning hair and makeup routine.
Recently, I heard someone mention that it takes them two hours to get ready in the morning! What?!
That is just pure insanity to me. I am all for taking care of your appearance, but if you are spending hours getting dressed every day, no wonder you’re stressed!
The trick to streamlining your hair and makeup routine is…
a. Get a nice, easy to style hair cut and get it trimmed regularly. My hair is super wild, when I kept it long and wanted to wear it down it took FOREVER to style. So I tried a totally different hair-do and decided I would work WITH my wild hair instead of against it. All that needs be done to style it is put some mousse in, give it a good shake and I’m on my way.
b. Practice a “five minute face” makeup routine. Decide what the most important parts of your makeup routine are and just stick with those. Does your “everyday face” need to be contoured? Do your eyes always need to be lined? Also, if you don’t need a full coverage foundation, try 2-in-1 products like a tinted moisturizer to shave a couple minutes off your makeup routine.
I don’t pack school lunches anymore.
Ladies, don’t freak on this one. I really hemmed and hawed over this decision because our kids are rather picky eaters. I also really like for them to eat healthy, unprocessed food as much as possible. But…
Last school year I threw away SO MUCH FOOD from their packed lunches! I couldn’t believe how much was being thrown away. On average, about 20 dollars a week was being thrown in the trash. Multiply that by 36 weeks of the school year and you have 720 dollars…thrown directly IN THE TRASH!
The kids would come home starving and I became angry every time I emptied their lunch boxes. At this point our family qualifies for free lunch, so that is what the kids are eating at school this year.
Not packing lunches has also made our mornings so much easier. Even if we have to pay for lunch next school year I will do that. Reduced stress is something I am willing to pay for.
Put the kids to bed early, even on the weekends.
Do you enjoy happy kids? I do. If our kids don’t go to bed at their normal bedtimes on the weekends, they are pills the next day.
Unhappy, whiny and tired kids make for a very unhappy, whiny and tired mom.
Putting the kids to bed early also gives my husband and I a chance to have a couple hours of quality time together each night.
Granted, most of the time we are so exhausted we fall asleep a few minutes into a show. But the important part is that we are attempting to make time for each other daily.
I do realize that not everyone is going to agree with me here.
That’s okay. However, I do hope some of this resonated with you or gave you some ideas to help save your sanity just a bit.
That is my purpose here. To help mothers navigate through the challenges of motherhood. I use my own personal experiences to do that.
If you found this helpful please let me know in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you!