Between work, kids, volunteering and just keeping the house running smoothly, burnout can happen all too often. As moms, we’re programmed to say “yes” to nearly everything. We juggle, we balance, and then we often fall down. Here are some tips on how to avoid burnout and how to recharge when you inevitably fizzle.

Just say “no”
It can be ever so tempting to say “yes” to all that comes at you. From play dates to fundraising, we moms are usually on the “yes train.” But a great way to make sure burnout doesn’t set in is to simply say, “no thank you.” You need to create your own litmus test to help you decide if you are going to say “yes” or “no” when someone asks something of you. Some questions to ask yourself include:

  • Does this new task make me happy?
  • Does this new appointment fit easily into my schedule?
  • Will this interfere with ________ (i.e., work, family time, my health)?

Take on only those tasks and jobs that fill your soul and make you happy. Nicely saying “no” will help you to be happier and have more energy for the things that matter.

Take time for you!
Be sure to carve out time every day, every week, and every month, that is just for you. This can include five minutes of sitting outside and journaling every day, or going out for a coffee by yourself once a week, or setting up a monthly pedicure. This can also be simply putting a sign on your door that says, “shhh, mommy is napping” every so often. Get the family on board so that making time for yourself is easy and not another thing on your to-do list.

Take a break
Leave the phones and iPad at home, and have fun with your family. Taking a break from technology can help you get back to the basics and avoid burnout.