Mommy Burnout - 6 Ways to Lose It

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- Take care of your body: Eating poorly leads to fatigue and stress. Nurture your body with healthy foods and avoid excessive caffeine and sugar, which only deplete you. Exercise is also very important because it helps you deal with stress and floods your body with endorphins, the "feel good hormones." Don't make excuses! Get moving for 20 minutes a day. It doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do. Exercise is also good for the kids because it helps them discharge excess energy that they may have from being inside too much. Spending some time every day in the sun is also a good idea. Sunlight improves mood and helps you sleep better.

- Take a break: Nurture yourself every single day in small ways. Take a hot bath by yourself. Go outside for a few minutes and breathe deeply. Say your prayers, journal, pursue a hobby that you love. Even if all you can do are 5 minute increments, take the time!

- Focus on what's truly important: If you're feeling overwhelmed, remind yourself that the most important things on your to do list are your children, not the dishes or the dusty blinds. Put everything aside for 15 minutes and just play with your kids. Have fun, laugh together, spend time in nature together, and enjoy life. The rest can wait. Kids have a way of growing up despite us. And keep hugging those babies!

Carrie Lauth is a Mom of 4 and the host of Natural Moms Talk For more information on having more fun as a Mom, visit: Moms

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