TMV: Episode 37 – Overwhelmed Mom – Part 2

Today, we’re welcoming back the wonderful Sarah Rainer for Part 2 of the Overwhelmed Mom series. Most people cannot anticipate what the experience of having children is going to entail, and the massive change that occurs in our lives when we become a mom can be very difficult. The stress that we may experience as a result of this can cause our bodies to go into “fight or flight” mode; this reaction is helpful in short-term doses, but when it becomes chronic, it can have detrimental effects on our health. That’s why biblically-based self-care practices (and not just “stress Band-Aids” which don’t address the root cause of the problem) are so important, and Sarah has a wealth of knowledge in this realm which can help all of us to manage the stresses that come with balancing being a mom with everything else in our lives.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A recap of the eight biblically-based self-care tips from Part 1.
  • Sarah shares some of the common factors which cause stress.
  • What the “fight or flight” response looks like inside our bodies.
  • The negative implications of chronic stress.
  • How a mismatch between our expectations and our reality can affect us.
  • A red flag which signals someone may need professional help.
  • Intimacy; a possible addition to Sarah’s list of self-care tips?
  • The importance of understanding and regulating our own emotions.
  • Practical advice from Sarah about how to be there for our families without becoming overwhelmed.
  • One of the biggest regrets that Sarah has as a mom.
  • Examples of “stress Band-Aids” which don’t get to the root of the problem.
  • The dangers of social media and news sources.
  • Helpful resources for anyone who is struggling with stress.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Sarah Rainer

Risen Motherhood

Christian Counseling Network

Family Church

The Mom Village Email

The Mom Village on Instagram

Kirra Kelly

Jismarie Ramos

Kristin Scroggins