April 17, 2023
If you have been overwhelmingly exhausted lately, physically, emotionally and mentally, you might be experiencing parental burnout. Parental burnout is becoming increasingly common, especially among stressed parentswho have unrealistic expectations of themselves or their children, who lack social support, who have financial difficulties, or who have children with special needs. Research suggests that roughly 66% of working parents in the U.S. suffer from parental burnout.
Germany, among few countries in Europe provide free health retreats and programs to support burnout parents. But since not many can enjoy this privilege, it is important to identify the signs of parental burnout and know how to act if you are experiencing it.
Seeking support from a trusted friend or family member, setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness, taking time for yourself every day to do something you enjoy, such as reading a book, taking a bath, or going for a walk; having enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly, can help you deal with parental burnout.
Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if your symptoms persist despite your best efforts to manage them..