Being a mom is hard. Possibly the hardest thing ever, actually. As my kids grow and change, and while some things do get easier, there always seems to be new uncharted territory or challenges to overcome; each weirder, grosser, or more emotionally charged than the last. It's often necessary to give myself a pep talk and I've learned there are definitely things every mom should tell herself at least once a day (and sometimes once an hour).
My advice? Start with, "You can do this," because you totally can. Besides, even if it seems too much to handle, it's too late, now. Your kid (or kids) are here and you'er stuck with them, my friends. But seriously, put on your big girl panties and figure this out. You have small humans (and likely some adults) depending on you. You can do it, because you are awesome and because you have to.
Of course, you don't have to do it alone. It's OK to ask for help. It is. Everyone needs help sometimes, and asking for what you need is not a weakness; it's being smart and self-aware. At least that's what I tell myself when I reach those moments when I can't do it all or I am going to lose my sh*t, and I can't figure out the next thing to try. I call my mom, my husband, my mom friends or my sister, because someone has got to have some ideas and, if they don't, at least we can commiserate.
I repeat these mantras (and more) to myself every day. If I keep telling myself I can do it, eventually I will start believing it, right? Or at least I will be able to fake it until I make it, and you can, too. Trust me.