Exhausted, disconnected and fed up? – what is ‘parental burnout’ and what can you do about it?

For many parents, the reality of juggling the demands of caring responsibilities on their time, energy and resources leaves them with little time to take care of their own wellbeing. This can result in “parental burnout”.

Parental burnout is not just a buzzword. It’s a growing syndrome that results from chronic parenting stress.

It is characterised by four main symptoms for parents:

  1. experiencing physical or emotional exhaustion – or both
  2. feeling shame about their parenting, or that they’re not as good a parent as they used to be
  3. feeling overwhelmed or “fed up” with the role of being a parent
  4. feeling emotionally disconnected from their children.

So what can parents and carers do to help prevent or reduce burnout when they’re already stretched so thin?

Here are four things to explore:

  1. Being less critical of yourself
  2. Reframing self-care
  3. Remembering small, everyday moments of self-care have a big impact
  4. Ask for help


If parental burn out is affecting your day-to-day life, seek help through Lifeline, Parentline, your GP or an allied health professional.

Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14 – Crisis Support. Suicide Prevention.

Parentline | Phone Counselling Service | 1300 30 1300

You can also call our team here at Mental Health Families and Friends to access our  Safe Spaces programs.

The Australian government has also made an evidence-based parenting support program available for free.

 The original article published by Alan Ralph, Honorary Principal Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, republished by Generation Next.

To see original repost by Generation Next click here.

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