Fatigue, anxiety and nervousness are just some of the symptoms that affect mothers struggling with nervous exhaustion.
More and more women find themselves having to deal with a society that requires them to be perfect and omnipresent. They have to work and have an income, but also to look after the family, follow the education and upbringing of their children, take care of the house and all the housework. In short: mothers always turn more into real wonder women who inevitably end up collapsing.
It is no coincidence that many mothers suffer from nervous exhaustion and end up feeling overwhelmed by too many commitments. The feeling is that of feeling a continuous sense of oppression, as if we could never get to the end of anything and be in constant delay. Other alarm bells are anxiety, panic, apathy, sudden crying crises, as well as psychosomatic aggressiveness and physical disorders (absent menstrual cycle, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux or migraine).
What to do in these cases? First it is important to realise that you have a problem, after which it will be easier to solve it by implementing some effective strategies. At this point you can “pull out” the stress by verbalising. Confide in someone, telling them about your frustration and what makes you anxious. Talk to a friend, partner or specialist, trying to express what you feel.
The next step will be to get rid of guilt. A mother, even if she would like to, cannot get anywhere, just try to do her best. Finally it is important to act, trying to remove stress by releasing endorphins and oxytocin through physical activity and meditation. Choose an hour just for yourself, taking a long walk, a swim in the pool or a run.
Then try to change your routine, giving yourself a space for a little madness from time to time. Not much is needed: a dinner with friends, a day at the spa, a massage or an aperitif paired with your partner. They are all moments that will help you recharge your batteries, erase your stress and go back to being fantastic mums.