We have various apps and the internet at our finger tips, as well as an endless selection of high-tech toys at our disposable – but it seems with all of our modern technology and gadgets, parenting is getting HARDER!
Or at least that’s what a new survey has found.
88% of people believe parenting is getting HARDER
According to a new survey of 2,000 parents by BPI Network, 88% believe parenting is actually getting harder than ever before.
Why? Social media distractions, challenges with having two working parents, peer competition, childcare costs, bullying and safety concerns at schools.
And while we may never truly understand the obstacles our parents and grandparents faced – there wasn’t FaceTime back then – nowadays, there seems to be less community involvement when it comes to raising a child.
This is believed to have a negative impact, as more parents are now living away from their support networks and neighbours aren’t as involved in each other’s lives as they were before.
What’s more, as many as two thirds of participants in the survey admitted that they have experienced parental burnout.
“It is staggering to look at the incidence of [parental burnout] symptoms among working parents in America and understand the implications this has for added employee burden, cost, concern and downtime,” says Dave Murray, Chief Strategy and Research Officer at the BPI Network.
How to beat Mummy Burnout
Being a busy mum can sometimes be super stressful. We often feel overwhelmed and run down yet still don’t stop to look after ourselves.Burnout and stress are pretty closely linked, but they’re not the same thing.
Thankfully, there are things we can do to prevent Mummy burnout. It’s not a sign that you are failing! It’s often a sign that you are caring too much for everybody except yourself.
Stress puts a lot of pressure on the body. This can be manageable in the short-term, but if it’s constant, it can be bad for both your physical health and emotional wellbeing.
Eventually, too much stress on your body over a long period of time can cause you to burn out. Burnout is a state of complete mental, physical and emotional exhaustion.
Some of the signs of burnout include:
- Feeling exhausted and unable to perform basic tasks.
- Losing motivation in many aspects of your life, including your work and friendships.
- Feeling unable to focus or concentrate on tasks.
- Feeling empty or lacking in emotion.
- Losing your passion and drive.
- Experiencing conflict in your relationships with co-workers, friends and family.
- Withdrawing emotionally from friends and family.
When you’ve reached the point of burnout, it can feel like you’ve had the life sucked out of you. You no longer feel capable of caring about what’s important to you, or making any effort, or staying motivated.
12 signs you’re suffering mummy burnout
If you’re suffering a mummy burnout here’s how you can help yourself:
- Take regular time out, including setting aside some time each day to ‘switch off’ from technology.
- Develop skills such as problem-solving to help you handle tricky situations.
- Set boundaries, so that you avoid overextending yourself.
- Keep an open line of communication with family and friends about how you’re feeling.
- Reach out for support, whether it’s from friends and family, colleagues, or a health professional.
- Re-evaluate your goals and priorities, so that you tip the balance back to including activities that make you feel happy.
6 tips to help beat mummy burnout
We know little ones and sleep really don’t go well together. We have all been there! But small power naps or rest breaks during the day could help you feel sane once again and keep that burnout at bay.
2. Eat well
Kick-off your day with a Healthy Mummy Smoothie to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need to have the energy to face the day ahead.
Don’t feel bad if you delegate that early morning feed or dirty nappy to your partner.
Even order yourself some Healthy Mummy Meals to You for a couple of weeks to help you take off some of the crazy workload.
4. Visit the doctor for a health check
Thyroid disorders, low iron, and low vitamin D levels can all make you feel exhausted and often present with similar symptoms of anxiety or depression. A simple blood test could be the answer.
5. Have fun!
Set yourself a goal to do one fun thing every day. Write a list and work your way through. You will feel so much better for taking the time to just laugh and enjoy your little one.
Exercise is the best stress relief. Strap your little one in the pram and head out the door for a quick walk or jog.
Read – 9 exercises you can do with a pram
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