The Best 49 Quotes for Overwhelmed and Struggling Moms

Are you feeling overwhelmed right now? Struggling with the immenseness that is motherhood?

Feeling tired and anxious? Don’t worry, Mama, you are not alone!

We’ve all been there, and it is so tough sometimes. I hope that by reading through these uplifting quotes for overwhelmed and struggling moms, you will be encouraged that this phase does not last forever. 

Being a mom is not easy. You are often being pulled in so many directions and have so many things on your mind at any one time. 

A friend once said to me that moms are “The Master of Lists” and I really resonated with that because it’s true! We have mental lists for everything – cleaning, working, kids activities, traveling, planning, socializing, parties, and the LISTS go on!

Did I pack the kid’s lunches? did I book that haircut? when did I last change the bed sheets? where’s my little one’s special toy? 

We all have days where everything just feels too overwhelming and we struggle on. I hope these uplifting and encouraging quotes fill you with reassurance that every mother experiences these daily struggles.

I promise that it will get easier and you won’t always feel this overwhelmed!

Uplifting quotes for the Overwhelmed Mom

Being a mom can be completely overwhelming at times. There’s so much pressure to get it right, and so many things you feel you should be doing, that sometimes it just feels too much.

I’ve been there. It’s tough, but we can get through it. These are my favourite pick-me-up quotes for moms when overwhelmed and struggling.

1. A real mom: Emotional, yet the rock. Tired, but keeps going. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Life Changer, every single day. – Rachel Martin

2. It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts. – Mother Teresa

3. You don’t have to figure everything out today. You don’t have to solve your whole life tonight. And you don’t have to tackle everything at once. You just have to show up and try. You just have to focus on the most immediate thing in front of you. And you have to trust that you’ll figure out the rest along the way. – Daniell Koepke

4. In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul. – Lisa T. Shepherd

5. As a parent, your job is not to be perfect. Your job is to be there. – Unknown

6. In a busy and overwhelming world – Let’s do simplicity. – Wendy Tomlinson

7. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Christopher Robin

8. Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. – Theodore Roosevelt

9. Successful mothers are not the ones that never struggled, They are the ones that never give up despite the struggles. – Sharon Jaynes

10. I know it’s hard Mama. I know it can be hard to get up every day and have these little people rely on you. I know it’s hard to feel like sometimes your world is so small. I want to remind you that you are the world. You are the world that those little ones revolve around. You are their nurture, their home and their comfort. You are everything to them, and I hope even on your hard days you know how special you are. Especially to your little people. – Unknown

11. There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a great one. – Jill Churchill

12. Be patient with yourself. The journey between practice and perfect is mistakes. – Toloupe Dyewole

13. I think moms put a lot of pressure on ourselves trying to balance it all. It’s never going to be perfectly balanced – the sooner you know this, the sooner you can relieve some pressure you put on yourself. – Denise Richards

14. Good moms have homes that are clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy. – Unknown

15. No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. – Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Encouraging Quotes for Overwhelmed and Struggling Moms

There are times when we all struggle as moms. They don’t call it the hardest job in the world for nothing! When you’re feeling overwhelmed and struggling, a few encouraging quotes for moms is just what you need to inspire you to keep on keeping on. It gets easier, Mama, it really does.

1. Mama, you are going to struggle. There will be days that you aren’t the best mom, and, as soon as the kids go to sleep, your brain fills with mom guilt. Don’t give in. You are allowed to have bad days. Those days do not define you. – Katie Hendrickson

2. Parenting is not a race. It’s a journey. – Unknown

3. To every mom who yelled at her kids, to every mom who has a sink full of dishes, to every mom who can’t find any time for anything, to every mom who didn’t shower today, to every mom that fed kids cereal for dinner. You are good enough. – Unknown

4. Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. – Nishan Panwar

5. You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breaths, and you are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest. – Morgan Harper Nichols

6. Giving grace to yourself is never more important than when you became a mother. – Whitney Meade

7. There are hard days in motherhood. But looking at your sleeping child reminds you it’s all worth it. – Kara Ferwerda

8. To the mamas who are having hard days: A bad day doesn’t make you a bad mom. – Unknown

9. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day. – Alice Morse Earle

10. Whenever you feel like you are failing, look in the eyes of your child, and know your value. – Unknown

11. You’ll learn to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will be all you can do to keep a baby safe, warm, and fed, and that will be enough. – Unknown

12. Bad moments don’t make bad moms. – Lisa Terkeurst

13. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one. – Sue Atkins

14. So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great – LiveLifeHappy

15. You can be a mess and still be a good mom. We are allowed to be both. – Unknown

16. Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. – Barbara Kingsolver

17. Don’t let your struggle become your identity. – Joshua Hook

18. And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry. – Unknown

Reassuring Quotes for the Anxious Mom

When we are overwhelmed and struggling as moms, it is so easy to become anxious and begin to worry about anything and everything. Sometimes looking over a few quotes to remind you you’re not alone is a great anecdote.

Here are my favourite reassuring quotes for overwhelmed and struggling moms. If you want to read some more then check out, The Best 47 Anxious Mom Quotes to Encourage you.

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t forget what’s truly important. – Unknown

2. Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up. – Unknown

3. Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. – Brene Brown

4. You are not a bad mother because you have bad days. You are a human mother, and that’s all there is to it. – Unknown

5. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. – Ann Lamont

6. You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible. – Naya Rivera

7. Stop worrying about what others think. This is where most of the mom guilt comes from. Just focus on your children and everything will be fine. – Jessie Gilberts

8. Don’t forget, you’re human. It’s okay to need a break. – Unknown

Motivational Quotes for the Exhausted Mom

Often when we are struggling and overwhelmed, a lack of sleep is contributing to our situation. It’s so hard to function properly and feel on top of things when you are just plain exhausted. 

We’ve all been there. It’s hard going. Knowing that you are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel really does help. I hope these motivational quotes for tired moms will encourage you today. If you fancy reading a few more then head over to, 43 Exhausted Mom Quotes to Inspire you Right Now.

1. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.

2. Hey, mama. I see you stressed out, tired, touched out, stretched thin, irritable, snappy, imperfect, short-tempered, grumpy, crying, it’s okay. Everybody has been there; it sucks, but you are good. You are a good mom, say it, believe it. – Unknown

3. Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is, and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong. – Donna Bell

4. There will be so many time you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a supermom. – Stephanie Precourt

5. Twelve years later the memories of those nights, of that sleep deprivation, still make me rock back and forth a little bit. You want to torture someone? Hand them an adorable baby they love who doesn’t sleep. – Shonda Rhimes

6. I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me mommy. – Unknown

7. Finding balance as a mother means accepting your imperfections. – Mary Organizes

8. Hey mama, I know you’re tired. But I hope under that exhaustion you feel some pride too. Because no matter how the past 24 hours went, you can fall into bed tonight knowing you made someone’s life a little better today – just by loving them like only you can. – Casey Huff

Mom Quotes for Overwhelmed and Struggling Moms

I hope these quotes have given you a little pick-me-up and inspired you to keep on keeping on, Mama. Sometimes this job feels relentless, but always remember that in the eyes of your little ones, you are amazing!

Save these quotes for the next time you need a little something to remind you, you’re not alone and you can do this!

Author Bio

Lizzy Fraser is a mum to two awesome kids who have taught her so much about the importance of living in the moment and finding joy in the everyday. She shares some of her parenting journey, along with new mum tips, adoption advice, money saving ideas, and mental well-being tips for mums on her blog, Bravery and BelongingPinterest

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