Hello everyone!

Today, we are talking about burnout, mom burnout in particular.

There is so much talk lately of mothers feeling utterly exhausted and overwhelmed. So, over the following episode segments, we will break it all down, looking at what exactly burnout is, how to know if you are experiencing it, and what you can do about it.

Join me as we explore these questions for a deeper understanding of what burnout is and to find practical solutions.

What is Burnout?

Burnout is when you feel worn out in every way – mentally, physically, and emotionally. It is like being overwhelmed to the point where you feel completely drained. You might notice you are always tired, getting sick often, not eating properly, or having trouble sleeping. You may also feel cranky and negative, or no longer interested in things you used to enjoy. These are all signs that your work and personal life might not be in the right balance, prompting you to pay attention to them.

The Impact of a Work-Support Imbalance 

Picture a seesaw with work on one side and support on the other. Burnout occurs when work becomes too heavy, outweighing the support we have. Sometimes, it happens because we are facing too many demands. It is essential to understand that burnout is not only about the amount of work we have. It can also stem from the need to be perfect or in control, which may be a trauma response or come from past experiences.

Addressing Burnout: Steps to Healing and Prevention

When we tackle burnout, we must realize that it is not about being weak but rather a mix of different factors. An important step is to rethink things, figure out what matters to you, and adjust your life accordingly. Taking time to rest and recharge is essential to prevent the burnout from getting worse. 

Practical Strategies for Coping and Recovery

Finding support, whether through asking others for help or creating opportunities for assistance, is essential. Even small gestures can make a big difference in alleviating burnout. Moving, spending time outdoors, or engaging in activities that bring you joy will contribute to replenishing your energy levels. Nourishing your creative side and reconnecting with activities that make you feel like yourself are also essential for healing from burnout and preventing it from worsening.

Moving Forward with Resilience

Recovering from burnout is not always straightforward, but recognizing the signs and taking steps to address it can go a long way in helping you navigate your way through the tough times. By regularly reassessing your priorities, seeking support, and taking care of yourself, you can become more resilient and reduce the risk of burnout in the future.

Remember that you are not alone, and asking for help is a brave step toward reclaiming your well-being.

Me Time

In today’s Me Time segment, I share how watching TV works as my go-to method for rest and renewal. While it may seem counterintuitive, I find solace in story-driven television as a rejuvenating escape from the daily grind. With my husband often away traveling, I frequently get the opportunity to indulge in my favorite British crime dramas without compromise.

Bonding Over TV

My husband and I have an unspoken tradition of watching TV together in the evenings, despite his tendency to doze off on the couch. This shared activity helps us reconnect after spending significant time apart. While our tastes in television may differ, we prioritize this time together to reinforce our bond and enjoy a show side-by-side.

The Allure of British Crime Dramas

My fascination with British crime dramas dates back to my introduction to Broadchurch many years ago. Since then, I have been hooked on the genre, subscribing to services like Britbox to satisfy my craving.

Exploring The Bay

Recently, I have been enjoying a series called The Bay, which follows the investigations of family liaison officers tasked with solving missing persons cases. It stands out for its gripping storytelling and compelling characters, with an intriguing twist from the start to keep viewers engaged. What sets it apart is the dual narrative, intertwining the protagonist’s struggles with her professional duties, similar to the dynamic in Broadchurch.

Final Thoughts

Immersing myself in quality British crime dramas like The Bay has been my effective remedy for preventing burnout. I encourage you to explore this genre too. I hope you find the same sense of renewal and enjoyment I experienced.

Thank you for listening, and remember to prioritize self-care in your daily routine.

Until next time.

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