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The Juggling Act of Motherhood

Being a mother can be challenging at times, and there is no shortness of roles and responsibilities that are taken on when you take on being a mother to a little one. Here are some common stressors that mothers may encounter on the daily, just know that you're not alone and asking for help will help ease the load that is motherhood.

Balancing multiple roles

Mothers often have to juggle various roles and responsibilities, such as being a parent, spouse, employee, or caregiver. Trying to find a balance between these roles can be challenging and overwhelming.

Lack of time for self-care

Caring for children and managing household tasks can leave little time for mothers to take care of themselves. The constant demands on their time and energy can lead to feelings of exhaustion and neglect of their own needs.

Sleep deprivation

Many mothers experience sleep disruptions, especially during the early stages of parenting when infants wake up frequently during the night. Sleep deprivation can significantly impact a mother's physical and mental well-being, making it harder to cope with daily stressors. There are trained professionals (sleep consultants) that can change your life by providing you with the tools to coach your little one to sleep. When they sleep, you can sleep, and you'll be a changed person for it.

Financial concerns

Raising children can be expensive, and financial worries can be a significant source of stress for mothers. Balancing the costs of childcare, education, healthcare, and other expenses can create anxiety and strain on the family budget. Weighing up the benefits of returning to work or remaining at home with the kids can be a really tough decision to make.

Work-life balance

Many mothers struggle with finding a balance between their career aspirations and their responsibilities as a parent. Managing work demands while ensuring quality time with their children can be challenging and cause stress. Employers tend to have more leniency for mothers who have other responsibilities outside of work.

Social pressure and judgement

Mothers often face societal pressure and judgment regarding their parenting choices. Whether it's related to breastfeeding, discipline, or work decisions, feeling scrutinised and judged by others can contribute to stress and self-doubt.Just know that you're doing what's best for you and your children, and what other people say or do about it is their problem, not yours.

Child's well-being

Mothers naturally worry about their children's well-being, health, and development. Concerns about their child's education, social interactions, and general happiness can cause significant stress and anxiety. As long as your child has access to food, a warm, dry house, love and care, you're already doing amazing.

Limited support network

Mothers who lack a strong support system, whether it's from a partner, family, or friends, may feel overwhelmed and isolated. Having limited help with childcare, household chores, or emotional support can increase stress levels. If that means hiring help in a cleaner, nanny or daycare, then spend those pennies to help with your own mental health.

Lack of identity

Mothers may face health challenges of their own, such as postpartum depression, physical exhaustion, or chronic health conditions. Coming to terms with the new woman that was birthed when their child was, is a strange concept to most. Knowing that there will be an adjustment period where you find joy, interests and new hobbies will take time, but you will find yourself once again.

It's important to remember that every mother's experience is unique, and the stressors they face can vary based on their individual circumstances and support systems. Providing understanding, empathy, and support to mothers can help alleviate some of the stress they may encounter.

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