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5 Subtle Signs That You’re Stuck in Survival Mode

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Master Life Coach, Wife & Mom, Certified Nervous System Fitness Expert, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Podcaster, Attorney, and Deep Believer in Curiosity and Self-Compassion

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Let’s have a heart-to-heart about something crucial: survival mode. You know, that place where you’re constantly on edge, overwhelmed, and barely catching your breath between tasks? Yeah, that one. It’s easy to fall into, especially with the whirlwind of responsibilities that come with being a mom.

Today, I want to chat about the subtle signs that you might be stuck in survival mode without even realizing it. But fear not! Understanding these signs is the first step toward reclaiming your peace and vitality.

5 Signs You’re Stuck in Survival Mode

1. Always Busy

We’ve been conditioned to believe that being busy equals being productive. But here’s the thing – constant busyness isn’t sustainable. It’s a coping mechanism that can leave you feeling drained and disconnected. Take a moment to reflect: Why do you keep yourself so busy? Is it a learned behavior? A way to avoid discomfort? Recognizing the root cause is the first step toward setting boundaries and reclaiming your time.

2. Overstimulated

Moms are masters of multitasking, but sometimes the chaos can become overwhelming. If you find yourself on the brink of a meltdown during the evening rush, you’re not alone. Our nervous systems have limits, and too much stimulation can push us into survival mode. Learning to recognize the signs of overwhelm – like racing thoughts or tense muscles – is key to preventing burnout.

3. Can’t Turn Brain Off – Always Mentally Planning

Ever feel like your mind is constantly racing? You’re not alone. When we’re stuck in survival mode, our brains are on overdrive, constantly scanning for threats. But here’s the kicker: overthinking is often a sign of under-feeling. By reconnecting with your body and practicing mindfulness, you can quiet the mental chatter and find peace in the present moment.

4. Wired but Tired

Ah, the classic paradox of motherhood – exhausted yet unable to sleep. Sound familiar? This wired-but-tired feeling is a common symptom of burnout, a sign that your body is crying out for rest and restoration. By prioritizing self-care and adopting healthy sleep habits, you can break free from the cycle of chronic stress and reclaim your energy.

5. Creativity is Shot

Creativity thrives in an environment of safety and freedom. But when we’re stuck in survival mode, our brains prioritize survival over creativity, leaving us feeling uninspired and stuck in a rut. Whether you’re brainstorming solutions to a parenting challenge or tackling a creative project at work, recognizing the impact of stress on your creativity is the first step toward reigniting your creative spark.

So, mama, if any of these signs resonate with you, know that you’re not alone. Recognizing when you’re in survival mode is the first step toward reclaiming your vitality and rediscovering joy in the everyday moments.

Because here’s the truth: you deserve to thrive, not just survive.

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I'm Michelle.
Your Master Coach.

You my friend, are called to a life of fullness and abundance - no matter how wild this motherhood journey is. It's time to trade the exhaustion and overwhelm for peace and joy.  No more hot-mess express.  I've got you. 

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