The term “burnout” was coined in the 1970s by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. Although it was formerly used to describe the consequences of severe stress and high ideals in “helping” professions such as medicine, nowadays, it can affect anyone.
Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to exhaustion, detachment, feelings of ineffectiveness. -Psychology Today, 2013
As working parents and professional coaches, we know that burnout is indeed real and often don’t realize we’re at that point until we’re really in deep. Here are few resources to help you recognize burnout:
Burnout doesn’t happen suddenly; rather, it’s one of those things that creeps up on us over time, which makes it much harder to recognize. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is almost like a red flag from our bodies and minds. As working parents, we know that life has to go on and not everyone has the option of taking time off. Navigating our growing family’s needs and parenting is a consistent juggling act.