#086 What to Do About Mom Burnout?
There’s no way to escape stress right now with all that’s going on. Parenting alone is stressful.
The problem with stress is that it impacts more than your mind and your emotions. It impacts your body. Being in a constant state of stress response is not good for you or your family. This is more than being drained from all the drama, it impacts your biology too. It effects all the systems of your body including muscles, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and the nervous and reproductive system . When you go into stress response you release a flood of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouses your body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, and breath quickens. You tend to take shallow breaths which can make you dizzy. Stress that’s unchecked weakens your immune system, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
In the book, Burnout: the Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, they talk about two very important concepts about burnout.
Understanding the difference between the stress and the stressor.
Completing the stress cycle.
To feel like yourself again and get your mojo back you need to complete the stress cycle every day. I discuss several ways you can do that.