My name is Leigh, and I help moms like me recover from or prevent burnout.
I live with my husband and our 4 kids ages 21-10. We also have 3 cats and 2 dogs, plus some chickens and ducks! My husband travels a lot for work. Once the kids are all grown I plan to travel with him, but for now I’m home alone with them sometimes weeks at a time.
I’ve been a SAHM for 21 years. The whole time I’ve been the main person caring for the house and kids. I also made sure things went smoothly for my husband. About the only thing I wasn’t on top of was realizing my feelings, wants and needs were important too.
Looking back, I believe I started burning out in 2002. Situations changed and things got better for awhile. Eventually I got medicated for depression. Things stayed at a manageable (if stressed) level until I completely burned out in 2013. I was homeschooling 4 kids, traveling with my husband for his work, living in a camper, and dieting and exercising more than ever before. I had taken on too much, but was determined to be the perfect mom and wife, and I wasn’t going to let a little thing like limits stop me.
Then I got sick. Really sick.
At this point I was depressed, physically run down, and dealing with major anxiety. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis and dysautonomia (POTS). My whole world fell apart. We got me on the right treatments, but it was clear I wasn’t getting back to “the norm” any time soon.
While my anxiety was finally getting treatment, I felt like there was something more to it than simple generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Digging deeper I’ve learned about burnout and can see just how poorly I’ve treated myself over the years. I believe running myself into the ground, into burnout and beyond is what broke me. I lost all joy in parenting and being a mother, saw no point in doing much of anything, and lost so much of my physical health also. But, burnout is something you can come back from! I decided I needed to do something else in addition to the meds that were helping me.
So, I did what I’ve always done in the past when faced with a challenge. I looked up information on the topic and read everything I could. It’s always helped in the past and this time is no different. I’m learning how to rediscover who I am outside of “mom”, how to prioritize myself and how to balance my needs and my responsibilities as a parent so I can fully recover from burnout.
I want you to join me in this!
I know it can be overwhelming to figure out what to search for and where to look, so I want to share what I’ve learned with you, a fellow burned out mom.
It’s possible to like your kids again, lose the overwhelm, and feel like your own person!
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