Moms are constantly racing against the clock, and the clock always seems to win. Between potty training, taking kids to school, laundry, house cleaning, sports, cooking, baths, and good night kisses, it's normal to feel exhausted and overwhelmed.
And that, my friend, can lead to emotional eating. Emotional eating is when you tell yourself, "This has been the busiest day ever! Now it's time for a little something for me." That little something takes the form of a bag of chips, a candy bar, too many glasses of wine, or a slice of cheesecake. Now you've got a mom who's stressed out and retaining unwanted pounds. It's a bad combination that quickly turns into a cycle of overeating and depression.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Recognizing the problem is the first step toward fixing it. Instead of fooling yourself into thinking you can easily do it all and have it all, be honest and admit that a mother is the ultimate overworked-underpaid employee. She's on the job from dawn till dusk with no rest breaks and no vacations. And that's the problem: lack of time off to reflect on the positive. Without that, it's too easy to let yourself be consumed by the enormity of it all.
We all need time alone to recharge our batteries. That's why someone invented weekends and vacations—to allow busy people to take time for themselves, so they return renewed and refreshed.