The past weeks have been hectic! I’m so glad to survive it all and am back to writing again, though less frequent than before.
What happened? Well, our home is faced with water problems AGAIN — this is the third time this year! So back to basics of using water from pails, controlling usage, getting people in to do repairs, etc.
Then Baby Jae is teething (also AGAIN) and fussing frequently at night. Something like every 1-2 hours for 12 hours. Getting better these few nights. I wish I can do magic and make all his teeth appear at once.
Anyway, here are 4 simple ways I use to avoid Mummy burnout:
There’re a zillion and one things on my to-do list, so prioritising is key. For now, my #1 priority as a Stay-At-Home-Mum is to take good care of the kids. On the busiest days, as long as the kids are well-fed, well-rested and generally happy, that’s enough. It’s completely ok to have a messier house, not to homeschool, and not to blog.
2. Delegate when necessary
I acknowledge to myself that I’m no supermum. I try to do my best but if I need help, I’d ask for it and will delegate. In our case, this is usually to hubby or the family helper, if they’re available. Oh, and also to Vee. Fetching a handkerchief, picking up toys for baby, entertaining baby, putting clothes into the wardrobe, etc. Little things add up!
During a crazily overwhelming period, me-time is even more important than usual to let me stay sane. With no mood and time to blog, I read after the kids slept. And I did retail therapy by online window shopping too!
Ok, not just window shopping. I bought stuff, including a new tourmaline ceramic hair dryer that makes my hair super-smooth after blow-drying. Looking good certainly makes me feel happier and more energetic, even at home.
4. Confide in someone
There was a recent stressful day when Baby Jae was fussy, Vee started skipping his afternoon nap for the first time, and hubby came home late. It was overwhelming, and I nearly snapped. I confided in hubby that night and quickly bounced back with his support.
So it’s perfectly fine not to be a supermum. Most importantly, Happy Mummy = Happy Baby!
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