Parental burnout is a thing. Parents have been burning out since before the pandemic, but we are now talking more about it in the mental health field. In 2020, when Covid hit, parents world stopped but it only stopped in the social aspects. What we all experienced as parents were no more activities or school meant we had to entertain, feed, teach and be at home with our kids 24/7. Parents either enjoyed this or struggled. So in 2021, it made sense when people began to discuss burning out. But we are still seeing burnout. What’s occurring is, we are now overbooking ourselves and kids to catch up on what we missed. I see and speak with parents who book daily play dates and have several activities. What is burnout? Burnout is when we are “emotionally tired, exhausted, decrease of self and no desire to do anything.” The world health organization defines burnout as fatigue, sleep changes, habits, and possible substance abuse issues. How can I recognize if I’m suffering from burnout? A few things to look at:
- Overwhelmed daily. Can’t deal with daily tasks.
- Withdrawal from friends and family. No longer wanting to do things you use to find as entertaining.
- Increase in using substances such as alcohol daily and drinking more than two days. Is a example.
If you feel that you are saying yes to one of the examples above, you could suffer from burnout. Here are a few ideas to help you with burn out. Talk about your stress. Seek professional help if needed. Evaluate your stress levels and find things to let go of to assist in alleviating stress. Make small steps to let go of activities that aren’t required in your life. Take breaks for yourself. I always advocate for parents to take 5 minutes at least a day for yourself.