Evewoman : Motherhood: How to prevent burnout


How to prevent burnout

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A mother’s to do list can seem never-ending. She has to keep up with her children, spouse, home, work and herself. When put together, all these can take a toll on even the most organised mothers.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently recognised burn-out as a disease that affects more than just millennials, as it was previously thought. By 2020, it will be recognised globally as a medical condition.

The WHO defines burn-out as “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.

As a mother, the demands of your daily routine can take a toll on you and cause. You begin to feel like you can’t keep up with everything that is going on. You feel exhausted both mentally and physically. Guilt and disappointment engulfs you when you see yourself unable to deliver.

In order to avoid getting overwhelmed, there are a few things that you can do to get a hold on the situation before it gets out of hand.

1. Notice when it begins

Your body will tell you when your demands start to take a toll on it. Watch out for these signals and act accordingly.

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2. Take a break

It’s important to rest, even if the dishes are piled high in the sink. Ensure that in your routine you make time to relax. Ensure that even as you physically rest your body, you are also resting your mind. This means staying away from social media or checking off your mental to do list.

3. Be realistic

Pay attention to what you actually accomplish on a day-to-day basis and instead of beating yourself up for not accomplishing it all, pat yourself on the back for what you have accomplished.

Then, adjust your to do list accordingly, only including what you know you can accomplish in a day. This will motivate you instead of making you feel discouraged.

4. Get help

It’s okay to accept that you can’t do it all. Nobody expects you to. Get the help of your spouse, children, relatives and hired help.

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5. Move your body

Go outside and breathe in the fresh, morning air. Do a workout whose length and intensity is suitable to you and not what others are doing.

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