‘Parental burnout’ was widely studied in Frontiers for Psychology.
This study showed that parental burnout can be worse than professional burnout.
Added to that, Mums in particular have been shown to carry an unequal amount of the load of parenting.
A recent study shows that mums, on average, work the equivalent of two and a half full-time jobs – more than 98 hours a week.
It’s no wonder then that Mums can start to experience depression, poor diet, lack of sleep and other physical and psychological health problems.
The unrealistic expections on Mums can also play a part. From when to lose baby weight and how, to when to go back to paid work, the notion that unpaid work like being a Mum isn’t really work and more, can add to the pressure, isolation and loneliness that Mums experience.