Does feeling overwhelmed just comes with the territory?

I woke up this morning full of emotion. I’m not sure what type of emotion it was really, but all I know is that I wanted to cry and scream at the same time. Do you ever have one of those moments where you just feel… well, overwhelmed?

I look around my kitchen and the first thing I am drawn to is the giant mommy sized calendar on my fridge. The entire thing is covered in red ink scribbles and yellow highlighting. Between both of us working and the kids not being in daycare, my brain feels like it never shuts off. As I stare at the colossal scheduling mess that is in front of me, I feel the wrinkles develop on my forehead.

Do most moms feel like their plate is too full? I feel like my ‘to-do’ list never gets any shorter yet I am always adding new things to it. It’s like playing a big game of ‘catch-up’, but never being able to win. As moms do we put this sort of stress on ourselves or does it just happen naturally? I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and quicker at daily chores, but in the end I feel like most of the time I just end up cutting corners to get at least a few things crossed off my list. When do I draw the line and start taking things off the list instead of crossing them off?

The crazy part about this whole motherhood thing is that I feel like being ‘overwhelmed’ just comes with the territory. I’m not saying that everyone wakes up, looks at their schedules and wants to scream… but maybe they feel overwhelmed about another part of their routine. I remember feeling this same emotion when Jocelyn cried for months on end. I also remember feeling helpless when James would have countless anxiety attacks throughout the week. Maybe being overwhelmed is just something that comes and goes throughout the years of raising children.

I’m not sure how this post is really going to help other moms… and maybe this time it is meant to help me more than anyone else. So, to all you moms out there that feel that sense of being overwhelmed… I feel that way too. Not every day, but somedays… and today is one of those days for me.


Does feeling overwhelmed just comes with the territory? — 3 Comments

  1. Read the book “I was a Really Good Mom Before I had kids”. It’s an EASY read and worth it.

  2. You do “catch up”, it just takes about 20 years!! (Which is where I am now.) Every age of our children’s lives have fun and entertaining moments amongst the crazy and overwhelming times. Every day/child/moment/event/person is unique and will NEVER happen again. I have learned to enjoy the good and let go of the rest. Twenty years from now you will never know you cut corners with your daily chores but you may wish you had taken more time enjoying the moments.

    • Great advice. I already feel like the kids have grown up sooo fast. The chores will wait… but the kids will not stop growing up so fast!!!