boredom of motherhood

#76: Balancing the boredom of motherhood

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with show host Rachael Jansen

The most searched for and popular post on my website is this one on motherhood being boring, so I thought it was a good time to revisit the topic on the podcast and to add some ideas from positive psychology to it to help you balance the boredom of motherhood.

Much of what we have to do, and even some of what we don’t have to do but do anyway, as mothers is mind-numbingly boring. Many, many women find themselves feeling shocked, guilty and a little frustrated that their role as a mother can leave them feeling less than fulfilled.

The problem isn’t the things we have to do – it’s the lack of balance that gives us a sense of excitement to counter the boredom.

Positive psychology theory tells us that a lot of our happiness comes from intentional activity – what we choose to do.

It doesn’t have to be a BIG deal either – everyday activities that give you just a tiny frizz of excitement are enough to balance out the boring side of your to do list.

Before kids, we had a lot more time for exciting things and had to spend a lot less time on mundane stuff. As the kids get older, that begins to happen again, as we have less to do and more time for ourselves. In the middle though, we have to make an intentional effort to add a little zing.

Balancing the boredom of motherhood not only cures the boredom, but it gives you the energy to tackle the boring bits with more enthusiasm.

 

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