I spend a lot of time in the therapy hour supporting moms who are stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated. And while each of them has a different reason for coming into therapy, one child or six, working from home or stay-at-home, there is a common theme they share: there never seems to be enough time to get things done and the exhaustion is real. Here’s my perspective on what stressed moms want their families to know.
1. She’s really tired. No, she’s more than tired, she’s exhausted.
2. Doing things herself is easier than the constant repeat and frustration.
3. Cooperation from her family goes a long way and reduces her stress.
4. Her family following through with their responsibilities, is the best way to show respect.
5. Before she does anything, she thinks two things: How will this impact my family? And, is it possible?
6. She anticipates everyone’s needs before someone asks, even when she’s exhausted.
7. Her family does not burden her; she’s overwhelmed with trying to get it all done with limited time, support, and cooperation.
8. She worries about what she may be forgetting or who she could be failing or disappointing.
9. She questions if anyone notices or can see she needs help, has interests and if often feels she’s being taken for granted.
10. She loves her family more than anyone could imagine; she’s just so exhausted.
Can you relate? I’d love to hear your thoughts and perspective!
© Dr. Claire Nicogossian 2019