As a parent, it’s important to be committed to your role as a mom or dad. Your kids will benefit greatly from you taking the time every day to make sure that they’re well taken care of and loved. What many parents make the mistake of doing, however, is burning themselves out and forgetting to nurture themselves.
When you are only looking out for your family without giving back to yourself, then you’re risking burning yourself out to the max. When you burnout you aren’t just a less present parent, but all areas of your life can start to crumble.
You aren’t a robot with limitless patience and energy so why make yourself believe that you are? When it comes to some of the biggest telltale signs that you’re a parent that needs a break, here are the ones that stand out most.
When you’re not getting enough sleep it starts to take its toll on your mood and overall well-being. Whether one of the kids is working your up all night, and you can’t remember the last time that you fell asleep in your own bed rather than curled on the floor singing them to sleep.
Perhaps you’re keeping yourself up from stress, grinding your teeth wondering how you’re going to be able to pay for their college tuition. Whatever the reason is for you sleeping poorly, you should recognize that this is a big sign that you need to take a step back and consider that you need a breather.
If you allow yourself to continue sleeping poorly then you will eventually become ill and so exhausted you won’t be able to get things done.
You Can’t Remember The Last Time You Saw Your Friends
It’s important to make sure that you are getting all of your needs fulfilled. Social fulfillment is incredibly important for a person of any age.
If you haven’t had a nice chunk of time with some friends without kids in longer than you can recall, it’s time to call the babysitter and take a few hours to decompress.
You Are Singing Disney Tunes All Day
When your life soundtrack has become Disney DVD menu songs then you know it’s time to give yourself a break.
Life is full of all kinds of wonderful music. When was the last time you listened to a song that wasn’t about princesses and talking animals?
You And Your Partner Are Arguing
When you and your partner stop taking time to connect outside of just parenting it can start to create a distance between you.
A common sign that this is happening is when you argue a lot. Try to remember that even though you love your children and you are committed as parents, it’s not only healthy to have time away from them, but it’s encouraged.