Emotional rollercoaster of motherhood
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3 Simple Ways to Navigate the Emotional Rollercoaster of Motherhood

Mom Life Unfiltered: Emotional Rollercoaster of Motherhood

Let’s get real for a moment. Being a mom is a wild ride, isn’t it? We’ve got all these beautiful moments filled with love, laughter, and snuggles. But let’s be honest – there are also those times when we’re drowning in a sea of emotions we never even knew existed. And have we ever been truly taught how to navigate the emotional rollercoaster of motherhood?? I know I haven’t.

Mommy Guilt

Guilt? Oh yeah, we’ve all been there. Whether it’s feeling guilty for not spending enough time with the kids, for losing our temper, or for choosing fast food over a home cooked meal – mom guilt is like our constant companion.

With mom guilt, you either have to nip it in the bud or commit to wallowing in it for awhile. It seems like there’s no in-between! Just don’t let it take up too much of your day.

Daily Stress

And then there’s stress. From managing endless to-do lists to juggling work, household chores, and extracurricular activities, it’s no wonder we sometimes feel like we’re about to implode. Who knew being a mom would require the skills of a circus performer?

If time management and working-mom struggles are adding to your stress load, you’re going to want to stick around for our future Mom March posts. Don’t forget to subscribe to my weekly blog updates so you don’t miss it.

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety? Yep, that’s another fun one. We worry about our kids’ health, their education, their friendships, their ratio of extracurricular activities, their exposure to too-mature content – you name it, we’ve probably worried about it. And let’s not even get started on the never-ending stream of “what ifs” that play on a loop in our minds.

There’s a quote I see all the time and I’m not sure who said it, but it goes, “Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” I mean, if that doesn’t ring true for you I don’t know what will. Self-doubt in motherhood runs rampant and piles on the anxiety and guilt.

Isolation

And perhaps one of the toughest emotions to deal with is isolation. It can feel incredibly lonely, even when surrounded by little ones. We miss adult conversation, we miss having someone who gets it, and we miss feeling like more than just a mom.

I’m going to say that one more time because I don’t know if you heard me:

We miss feeling like more than just a mom.

But here’s the thing, mama – you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Every mom out there has faced – or is facing – these same emotional struggles. We’re all in this together, navigating the ups and downs of motherhood one messy, beautiful day at a time.

How to Navigate the Emotional Rollercoaster of Motherhood?

So what can we do to cope with these emotional challenges? Well, first and foremost, we need to cut ourselves some slack. Perfection is overrated, and none of us have it all figured out. Let’s embrace the messiness of motherhood and give ourselves permission to be human.

If you’ve never heard of The Lazy Genius, you should check out her stuff. Kendra’s podcasts cover so many important topics in motherhood and she is great at giving permission to let go of what doesn’t serve you while offering amazing advice and processes for daily life.

It’s also important to reach out for support when we need it. Whether it’s talking to a friend, joining a mom’s group, or seeking professional help, there’s no shame in asking for a little extra support.

I’m so awful at reaching out for help. I am. I hold onto all of it until it becomes too much and I meltdown. I know I do this and I’m working on it. But it’s important to understand that the asking for help can be just as hard as all the other emotional issues!

And let’s not forget to practice self-care. It’s not selfish – it’s necessary. I tend to scoff at self-care frequently because people lump “taking a long shower” or “going to the grocery store alone” into self-care and it makes me want to scream.

True self-care means taking the time to care for your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. What does that look like for you?

Other Mom March posts:

Mom March Intro: Struggling Through Motherhood: How to Let Go of Expectations Right Now

Mom March Week 1: Tired of Being Tired? 10 ways to reclaim your energy when you struggle with sleep

Mom March Week 2: 3 Simple Ways to Navigate the Emotional Rollercoaster of Motherhood

Don’t forget my ebook for Stay-at-Home Working Moms! Read about it here!

Emotional rollercoaster of motherhood

Mom Life: 3 Simple Ways to Navigate the Emotional Rollercoaster of Motherhood

So here’s to all the moms out there – you’re doing an amazing job, even on the days when it doesn’t feel like it. Remember, it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. You’ve got this, mama. And don’t forget – we’re all in this together.

Thanks for reading,

the Peaceful Burrow

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