Being a mom can be exhausting.
Feeling tired comes in all kinds of forms – emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual.
Whatever ages and stages your kids are in, it often feels like you’re right in the thick of it. As the saying goes, it’s hard to see the forest through the trees.
Maybe that expression doesn’t exactly mean what I’m trying to say, but if you think about it, it kind of makes sense.
Sometimes we get stuck in parenthood, focusing on the day-to-day ups and downs and we can’t step back to look at our lives from a different view.
The tantrums in Target, bedtime stalling, siblings fighting, cooking dinner that no one will eat, working from home with sick kids, middle of the night wake-ups, early mornings… it all can be exhausting.
But it’s also temporary.
Whether you are a working mom, working from home mom, stay-at-home mom, run your own business mom, or any other kind of mom, you’re probably tired.
And maybe you just want to hear that it gets better, that you’ll get through it.
Here are 25 encouraging quotes for exhausted moms to help you get through the day and start seeing the forest, not just the trees.
Encouraging Quotes For Tired & Exhausted Moms
1. Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own. — Marguerite Kelly
2. Motherhood is messy. And challenging. And crazy. And sleepless. And giving. And still unbelievably beautiful. — Rachel Martin
3. It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it. — Lena Horne
4. To that one soul reading this: I know you’re tired, you’re fed up, you’re close to breaking, but there’s strength within you. Even when you feel weak, keep fighting.
5. At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. — Frida Kahlo
6. Even though you have learned the skill of running on empty, now is the time to learn the art of breathing deep all over again. — Morgan Harper Nichols
7. What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not. — Rupi Kaur
8. She was tired. No one could see the level of tired. They saw the outside. The one giving, smiling, showing up. And yet inside, she felt the fatigue. The tired of trying to keep up. The tired of agendas. The tired of worries. But she kept on. She kept on giving and loving. She kept on hoping. She kept on showing up. She knew her giving mattered. She pushed forward. Out of love. Even in the tired. — Rachel Marie Martin
Quotes for Exhausted Moms Who Need A Break
Every mom needs a break sometimes. Here are some quotes to help you see the importance of being gentle with and taking time for yourself.
9. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. — Ann Lamont
10. If someone asks you to do more and you have a big reaction inside, it may be a sign that you’re already doing too much. Even strong, independent, hard-working people have limits and deserve to rest. Doing your best is a wonderful thing, but doing all you possibly can for as long as you possibly can will eventually lead to burning out and feeling unappreciated by the people around you. — Doe Zantamata
11. Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.
12. A good friend once told me that one of the things she loves is “saying no” and this has been a powerful lesson for me. You need to choose what you are going to spend your time and energy on as a working mother. — Jane Seymour
13. If you have no time to rest, it’s exactly the right time. — Mark Twain
14. When I first became a mother I suffered from serious ‘half-ass’ shame. I felt like I was mediocre at everything. I felt so stretched and so distracted (and exhausted). I said ‘yes’ way too often in an effort to prove that I could do it all. I’ve worked so hard over the past decade to move from ‘What will people think’ to‘ I am enough. — Brené Brown
15. Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me, too. — L.R. Knost
16. I’m tired of people romanticizing overexertion. Exhausted is not the new chic, coffee (though a delicious necessity) is not a food group, and running on fumes is not admirable. Why do we hold pedestals for sleepless nights, breakdowns, and inner turmoil? Are those really things to aspire to? Self-care. Balance. The ability to know when your body, mind, and spirit need to take a step back. Those are the things we should admire. We have to stop blurring the line between ‘commitment’ and self-endangerment because too many people are burning out before they have a chance to truly shine. — Unknown
Funny Quotes For Tired Moms
Even tired moms just want to laugh sometimes. Here are a few funny quotes for exhausted moms.
17. I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early or acting like you know what you’re doing. — Jim Gaffigan
18. And then one day we decided we were tired of sleeping in and doing whatever we wanted in a clean house. So we had kids.
19. Moms do not sleep. Moms hover in a state of semi-consciousness, waiting for someone to need something.
20. Thus far the mighty mystery of motherhood is this: How is it that doing it all feels like nothing is ever getting done? — Rebecca Woolf
21. “Tired” isn’t even a temporary state for me anymore. It’s more like a part of my personality at this point.
22. It’s not difficult to take care of a child. It’s difficult to do anything else while taking care of a child. — Julianne Moore
23. Being an adult is pretty easy. You just feel tired all the time and tell people about how tired you are and they tell you how tired they are.
24. I wish I were a little kid so I could take a long nap and everyone would just be proud of me.
25. I feel like I’m already tired tomorrow.
Love one of these exhausted mom quotes? Let me know in the comments which ones resonated most with you!