We can start very small and be very deliberate here. Let's start with what I've been hearing from parents lately...
"I used to cherish my hobby time and now I can't even tell you what my hobbies are."
"I felt like my needs just faded into the background. I'm responsible for everyone else's needs being met, I just can't seem to make time for mine."
Sound familiar? It can feel like taking a ride on a never-ending carousel.
The term "burnout" has many faces, including parental burnout, which is increasingly becoming a widespread concern. A recent survey reveals a staggering 42% of global workers reporting burnout. You aren't alone, and there are things that we can (gradually) implement to slow down the speed and duration of this carousel ride.
Defining burnout as a three-dimensional syndrome characterized by extreme physical / emotional / mental exhaustion, emotional distancing from one's child(ren), and inefficacy within one's parental role, it can affect various roles, including parents working outside of the home. This is what I refer to as dual role collision: when your work life / responsibilities collide with your household life / responsibilities. The challenge lies in differentiating burnout from depression and other mental disorders which is something that can be discussed in more detail with your healthcare provider and mental health team.*
Would you be willing to try any of these?
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**Harvard Health Publishing. (2021, February 15). Train your brain. Harvard Health Blog. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/train-your-brain