As a very busy Mom, I know that I can’t do everything I want to do. So I choose to limit myself. I find that it is more important for me to do less and have time to relax and spend time with my family, than it is for me to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.
Limiting myself allows me to spend time just snuggling and reading with my children. It also allows me to have time to deal with the every day emergencies of life, such as broken legs.
There are three main ways that I know I’m doing too much and I have to remove some things from my schedule:
- My stress level stays elevated for more than 1 week
- I start yelling at my children
- I start to feel like I’m a terrible Mom
My first podcast episode, The Myth of the Mom Who Can Do Everything, is also on this subject and goes into things that I don’t do a bit more in depth. If you are unable to watch the video, you can read the transcript (but it’s much better when you watch it).
I hope that you can look at my life and all that my family accomplishes and be encouraged. It is possible to set your goals and determine what is important to you. When you concentrate on those and remove the distractions, you can accomplish great things. If you sacrifice what isn’t essential to meeting your goals and don’t feel the need to be a “supermom”, life becomes much more enjoyable.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve struggled with this issue of doing too much. Have you been able to give up some things? If so, what? Or are you still struggling with feeling overwhelmed?