Looking for gifts for that stressed mom in your life? Or maybe that momma is you? I’ve got you covered with this gift guide of soul care items for the overwhelmed mom.
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It’s the end of another long day and it just feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You’re burning the candle at both ends and feeling like you’re barely making it. Maybe this describes you, momma. Trust me when I say I have been there. Or maybe this is what a friend of yours is going through. I’ve put together a list of gifts for the stressed and tired mom that have helped me when I’ve felt burned out and at the end of my rope.
SOUL CARE + SELF CARE gifts for the stressed mom
I should preface this by saying that no material item will fix what’s going on in your heart. If you’re looking for a book or a product that will magically wave a wand and fix that tiredness in your soul it doesn’t exist. That thirst in your spirit can only be quenched by the overwhelming love and grace of Jesus.
These particular resources have, however, been such a blessing to me when I’ve been in a season of exhaustion. These books have pointed me back over and over again to the truth. That my worth comes from the One who loves me and sees all my hurt and struggle. A few of these books I have actually done as a part of a women’s group at my church and I would encourage you if you can to find a friend to come alongside you to read these.
I would suggest that if this burnt out, weary one is you sweet momma that you put these on your Christmas list for friends or family to bless you with. And if you are that friend or family, gift these to that mom in your life who is just going through a tough time.
Gifts for the Stressed mom
1.Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by sarah mae and sally clarkson
I first read this in a women’s group at church. The power of moms sharing their stories of overwhelm and exhaustion bonded us. I love that this book is told from two different viewpoints, that of author Sarah Mae as she struggled with small children at home in a season of burn out and overwhelm and the viewpoint of Sally Clarkson who has grown children of her own and mentored Sarah Mae in many ways throughout the book. If you’re looking for something that will speak to that exhausted and lonely place you’re in with a season of littles as well as a mentor figure to speak to you from further down the road in this parenting journey this is the book for you. It has the best of both worlds.
2. Mom set free: find relief from the pressure to get it all right by jeannie cunnion
I originally read this as part of a Bible study in that same women’s group at church. I love how Jeannie Cunnion tackles a different thing that is holding moms down and shows us biblically how we have been set free. She talks about freedom from the pressure to be enough and the places we get stuck. If you feel chained by the perfectionism message for motherhood that our culture throws at you this is a perfect book to tackle that. If you’re interested in doing the study with some other mommas you can find the Bible study of Mom Set Free here.
3. Out of the spin cycle: devotions to lighten your mother load By Jen Hatmaker
I’ve said it many times before, but I love just about anything Jen Hatmaker. The woman is wise beyond her years and super funny. I love that this devotional is just bite-sized enough that you can finish it while gulping down your cup of coffee in the 5 minutes before the kids get up. She tackles tough motherhood topics with tons of humor and a lot of grace. I loved this devotional and it was a lighthearted approach to some really heavy burdens that we, as moms, carry.
I have been a lover of all things Emily Ley for quite some time and finally got to meet her in person a few weeks ago for a book signing for this very book. I’m going to be real honest with you. I still haven’t finished reading this. But not because it’s not good. I haven’t finished reading it because it is so incredibly good and rich and soul-filling that every page needs to be read and then re-read to savor it. I have found myself journaling alot over this book and sobbing big fat crocodile tears. She speaks so eloquently of the emptiness that comes with overstuffing our lives with more, more, more. I also love that she has tangible and tactical tips to pare down your life, simplify and find the more in having and doing less.
Obviously I’m a big Sally Clarkson fan since this is the second book by her on this list. I’ve had this one on my wish list since it came out. Every book I have ever read of hers makes me feel like I am having a conversation with an older, wiser momma mentor who has been there, done that and lived through those years. This devotional is on my own personal Christmas wish list.
When you feel like you’re drowning in the responsibilities, doubt, and fear that motherhood can sometimes bring it is such a blessing to take a moment and breathe in the life-giving words of Jesus. Connecting with Him daily has helped me through some of my hardest mothering seasons. This devotional is on my wish list for the upcoming year.
These short, bite sized devotions are perfect for moms who are short on time. Each one touches on a different topic that moms often struggle with while also pointing back to biblical wisdom.
Soul care is so incredibly important for stressed out mommas but so is self care. I don’t feel like you can have just one or the other, because just taking a bubble bath without also doing some deep soul work is not going to fix those worries on your heart. But it’s also so important to pamper yourself sometimes because so much of motherhood is life in service to other little people. I love to sit and soak in the tub while reading at night and that is my little spa retreat for the day. I love that these bath bombs support refugees fleeing wartorn areas.
Sometimes just sitting with a cup of hot tea at night after the kids go to bed and just soaking in the silence is so good for your soul. Self care doesn’t have to be complicated.
10. Babysitting Time
Moms need time away from their children sometimes to rediscover who they are and to take a moment to just be them without also being mom. If you leave near your momma friend bless her with some childcare time so she can get out of the house and do something where she doesn’t have to respond to everyone’s needs the whole time. And if you’re not nearby, some money to go toward babysitting would be amazing. Often the cost of some date night babysitting is what is keeping us from actually getting out of the house.