When Mama's Burnt Out

I had an interesting appointment with my therapist this morning (yeah, I said it - The BadAssMama is in therapy. Get over it...). I walked her through the drama of this past week, and confidently declared that I was actually doing just fine.
I think it took everything in that sweet woman not to laugh in my face.

Instead, she calmly replied that while she was happy that I was taking everything so well, I was likely still running on adrenaline (a.k.a. working mother's crack) and should not be surprised if I found myself crashing in the coming days. Her recommendation? Be kind to myself and get plenty of rest.

Yeah, like that's going to happen.

But, wait a minute...why SHOULDN'T I? My kid was just in the hospital for 6 days. I haven't had more than a few hours of sleep in close to 10 days. What is this strange disease that we as mothers have that makes us think we can keep going-and-going-and-going with little need for sleep, less need for food and no need for help?

I say enough! The BadAssMama is calling a time out. I am going to mark off a mental health day on my calendar and spend some much needed me-time. Part of questioning my priorities is making sure that I finally put MYSELF on the to-do list as well!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree I took a day off two months ago & it helped me so much, I was almost like a new person. I certainly had a better attitude as well as outlook

Spilled Milkshake said...

Good for you! You absolutely deserve to take a mental health day WITHOUT guilt.

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