Are You An Overwhelmed Or Stressed Out Mom?

woman-1006102_640Do you often feel exhausted, overwhelmed and on edge? Are you having trouble keeping up with personal, professional and/or parenting responsibilities? Do behavioral challenges with your children or other parenting issues have you doubting yourself or your partner? Does it seem like no matter how hard you try to support yourself and your family, it’s never enough? You may feel overstretched as obligations pull you in different directions, or perhaps the stress of a career transition, relocation or a newborn child has left you feeling too anxious to sleep at night. Do you find yourself spending most of your time worrying about your kids? You might struggle to pull yourself out of bed in the morning, overwhelmed by all of the things you have to do. Do you wish you could be sure you were taking the right steps to help yourself and your family?

It may seem like you spend all of your time and energy taking care of your family, leaving you too overwhelmed or exhausted to look after your own wellbeing. You work hard to help your kids and be there for your partner, but still feel like you’re not good enough. Perhaps you feel like you have fallen short as a partner or co-parent because you haven’t been able to work together without running into conflict or disagreements about how to parent. Over time, the pressures and stress of motherhood can lead to more serious conditions, such as anxiety and depression. It might seem like you should be able to do it all on your own, but you don’t know what you need to feel happier and more confident. Or, maybe you recognize that you need help setting realistic expectations for yourself and your family but feel too guilty, embarrassed or ashamed to share your experience.

Stress Affects Every Mom

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a single parent or busy juggling parenting and a career, the demands of raising a family can leave you feeling stressed out and isolated. There is no parenting manual for new and overwhelmed moms, and many mothers go through times where they doubt themselves and their ability to keep up with daily responsibilities. Some moms struggle to balance professional and family obligations, feeling disconnected from their work, child and/or partner. Others find themselves dealing with child behavior problems or parenting disagreements that create tension or distance in their relationships. Major life transitions, such as financial loss, going through a divorce or adjusting to life as a single parent, can leave you feeling like you have lost a part of your identity. Similarly, it can be hard to adapt to a new routine and expectations if you’re returning from maternity leave or adjusting to not having to work. You might feel like you are responsible for all or most of the household and parenting responsibilities and feel guilty or ashamed if you take time for yourself. Even experiences that we generally associate with being positive, such as having a new baby, can bring increased or prolonged stress. Maybe you just moved to Marin County to accept a new job or raise a family, but you are struggling to feel connected to your new home. With so many factors contributing to parenting stress, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to feel more confident, empowered and in control.

The good news is that there is help. Therapy for stressed out mothers can provide you with the practical tools, communication skills and parenting strategies you need to understand why you are struggling and how you can build a better relationship with yourself and your family members.

Stress Management Therapy Can Help You Care For Yourself And Your Family

There is no one right way to raise a child, but there are steps you can take to manage difficult thoughts, emotions and stress. At my office in Corte Madera, I provide compassionate therapy so you can explore your fears, doubts, hopes and goals without fear of judgment. In a confidential and safe environment, you can work through challenges, increase self-awareness, reframe how you think and feel, and develop tools to approach challenges more effectively. Whether you are struggling to take care of yourself or respond to parenting issues or relationship conflict, I offer support, understanding and practical tools. I can help you manage parenting stress and related issues like anxiety and depression.

mom with head in handsI use scientifically researched and validated therapy approaches, such as Attachment Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to help you understand why you are feeling stressed out and what you can do to find relief. In early sessions, we will work together to determine how stress is impacting your life and what coping strategies are or are not working. You can develop tailored resources and practical tools, such as breathing exercises, communication skills and education about parenting and child development, to help calm your thoughts and build upon your strengths so you can be more in touch with yourself and your needs.

Once you feel like you are able to manage personal and family stress, we will take time to discuss your family dynamic. By exploring your own childhood and family relationships, you can see how you learned to take care of yourself, express your emotions and relate to others. As you gain awareness of how you relate to yourself and others, you can see how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are or aren’t helping you and take steps to foster calm, confidence and wellbeing in your life and relationships.

I have been helping overwhelmed moms and their children and teens respond to stress, anxiety, relationship conflicts and other challenges for more than 15 years. As a therapist working with moms and parents, I understand how beneficial it can be to share your experience with a compassionate therapist. With guidance and support, you can find meaningful and lasting stress relief.

But, you may still have questions or concerns about stress management for overwhelmed moms…

I’m too ashamed or embarrassed to share my experience with a therapist.

There isn’t a parent out there who feels like they get it right every day. Everybody has difficult or off days with their children or with their partner. There is no one right way to parent, and it is common to question whether you are doing the right thing for your child, your family members and yourself. I approach our work together without judgment, and I can help you understand why you feel stressed and how you can feel more empowered in your life.

How can you really understand what I’m feeling and going through?

It’s hard to open up to people when you are feeling stressed out or dealing with difficult family members. You may feel like you are the only person struggling to feel empowered, fulfilled and effective as a mother. But, I have heard and helped hundreds of mothers as they worked to understand and address a variety of personal, relationship and professional challenges. I am motivated to understand your unique situation and goals so that we can find a way to work together toward a meaningful and lasting solution.

silouhette of familyI have so much on my plate already. I don’t have the time or money for therapy.

Stress management therapy for overwhelmed moms is an investment in yourself and your own wellbeing and happiness. The more time that you put into healing and growth, the more possibilities you’ll have to feel better and make better decisions in your life. By developing new skills and insights, you may find that you have more energy and time.

You Can Feel Empowered

If you are ready to take control of the stress in your life, or if you have additional questions about therapy for overwhelmed or stressed out moms, I invite you to contact my office in Corte Madera at 415-888-8087 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation.