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3 Superwoman Myths

There should be no surprise to anyone that being a mother is one of the toughest jobs around. Sometimes mom looks like a superwoman. There are so many reasons to love being a mom, but sometimes, as any parent will admit, things can get a little bit difficult.

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
~ Sophia Loren

So often, mothers bend themselves to the breaking point trying to take care of everything and being a superwoman. Trying to care for everyone in your life, while balancing work, a relationship, and taking care of the home is tough work.

We listed a few of the superwoman burnout signs that you are trying to do too much:

  • Common physical or emotional fatigue
  • The overall feeling of being uninterested or indifferent
  • A lack of significance or success in your daily life
  • Pessimism about where you are at in life

The items listed above are just a few signs (out of thousands) that can mean that you are slowly developing “mom burnout”.

Many people praise and applaud mothers that can “do it all”. Books, news, social media and more make it seem like if you aren’t breaking your neck to do everything for your family, you are seen as a failure. This “Superwoman” myth can lead to so many problems for mothers everywhere.

Below are a few “Superwoman Myths” that add to mom burn out:

Superwoman Myth 1: Nothing will ever get done
Sure, sometimes it feels like if you don’t scrub the windows or vacuum the floors, nothing will ever get done around your home. While this may be true for a little while, mothers shouldn’t be expected to do it all. If you always do certain tasks around the house or with your kids, you never give anyone else to step up to the plate.

Superwoman Myth 2: “I just have to do more in a day”
As a mother, the most common sensation you get in a day is the feeling of being hurried, but so often you are pressured to squeeze more and more things into 24 hours. Making sure the kids are to school and practice on time, having dinner on the table by the time your partner comes home, making class cookies, and running errands in your free moments can all lead you to you feeling rushed. When you feel stressed and hurried throughout the day, you become forgetful, frazzled, and often, easily frustrated.

Superwoman Myth 3: Moms have to take care of everyone
Moms, believe it or not, you do not have to take care of everyone all of the time. Sometimes moms feel like they should know what their kids and spouses need, without saying anything. This constant stress and pressure to make sure everyone is cared for, and that their needs are met, can be one of the leading causes of mom burnout.

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