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  • Writer's pictureJoelle Pretorius

“Navigating Parenthood: Balancing Honour and Exhaustion”

Parenting is indeed a challenging journey, and it's completely normal to feel tired and overwhelmed at times. The demands of raising tiny humans can take a toll on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. If you're experiencing parental burnout, here are some common signs to watch out for:

1. Exhaustion: Feeling constantly tired or drained.

2. Helplessness and self-doubt: Questioning your ability to be a parent.

3. Irritability: Easily getting angered or emotionally distant from your child.

4. Physical symptoms: Headaches, neck pain, muscle aches.

5. Changes in appetite or sleep habits: Disrupted sleep patterns.

6. Detachment: Feeling alone in the world.

7. Isolating behaviours: Withdrawing from social interactions¹⁵.

Remember, parental burnout is temporary, and there are ways to cope:

1. Talk with your partner: Share your feelings and seek support.

2. Prioritize sleep: Adequate rest is crucial for mental health.

3. Exercise: Physical activity can reduce stress.

4. Build a support network: Connect with other parents.

5. Practice self-care: Take breaks and be patient with yourself.

You're not alone, and it's okay to seek help when needed.

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