Being a mother is both a lifetime commitment and a full-time job. From the minute you give birth to your children, their health and safety become your number one priority. You care for their needs, entertain them, and shower them with all the love and affection you have – all without looking after yourself.
However, just like any other job out there, you can experience burnout from constantly giving without rest. Parental burnout, as defined by this study, is the overwhelming exhaustion from parental duties, emotionally distancing yourselves from your little ones, and feeling a sense of parental ineffectiveness. Another study finds that these emotions cause many parents to want to escape from the responsibilities they have while some turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism.
The side effects of parental burnout is not just bad for the parent. If left unchecked, it can lead to violent or negligent behaviour towards children.
And that is where the importance of ‘me-time’ comes into play.