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10 ways to manage overstimulation in motherhood

In Features, Mind Health, Motherhood, Stories by Nicole Fuge

We know how tough motherhood can be, and feeling overstimulated is totally normal. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with some friendly tips.

By Charlotte Cruz

Picture this.

You’re standing over the stove, stirring dinner and the exhaust fan is on. Your kid is doing nudie runs around the house, laughing and screaming, when you really need them to get in the bath. The dishwasher is on, the TV is on and then the dog starts barking.

Mama is about to blow her top.

If you’re nodding right now, you know this all too well, here are a few tips to help you manage overstimulation in motherhood.

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1. Time for a break

You need some space – now! You deserve some “me time”. Ask your partner or a loved one to watch the kids for a bit so you can recharge your batteries. Go for a walk, enjoy a cup of tea, or just take a breather.

2. Hello, routine

Life can feel chaotic with a little one, right? Setting up a routine helps bring order to the madness. Plus, your littles will love knowing what’s coming next.

3. Friends to the rescue

You’re not alone in this journey. Reach out to friends, family, or other new mums for a chat. Who doesn’t love a good vent session or swapping war stories.

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4. Catch those Z’s

Sleep is your new BFF. When baby naps, join them for some shut-eye. If nighttime sleep is tricky, see if someone can help with feeding duties so you can rest up.

5. Be your own cheerleader

Motherhood is a learning curve, and nobody’s perfect. Give yourself a pat on the back for doing your best!

“Make sure you’re doing something just for you every day, even if it’s small.”

6. Get moving

Exercise is a great stress buster. Grab your sneakers, stretch out on a yoga mat, or dance around the living room. Your mood will thank you!

7. Keep it real

You’re a mum, you don’t have to try and be a superhero. It’s ok if your house isn’t picture-perfect. Focus on what matters and let the little things slide.

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8. Don’t be shy

If you’re struggling, talk to a professional. They can offer guidance and a listening ear as you navigate this exciting new chapter.

9. Stay mindful

Practice some deep breaths, meditation, or relaxing techniques. They’ll help you stay calm and centered amid the whirlwind of motherhood.

10. Treat yourself

Make sure you’re doing something just for you every day, even if it’s small. A happy mum is a happy baby, after all!

Remember, you’ve got this! If you’re feeling the overstimulation in motherhood, reach out for help and support when you need it, and just know that you’re doing a fantastic job.