Burnout syndrome is seen more often in working fathers and mothers, according to a study by Ohio State University (USA) carried out during the lockdown implemented due to the pandemic, a context in which most worked from home. After interviewing 1,285 people who have children and work, the scientists noticed that 66% of this public experience exhaustion.
However, when the survey data was broken down by gender, the report found that 68% of working mothers are burnt out, compared to 42% of fathers. The study mentions parental Burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion in relation to child care.
This means that, in practice, every parent can experience Burnout, but the study focuses on those who work, keeping in mind the greatest risk of reaching this burnout.
For parents facing mild burnout, the researchers recommend adhering to immediate changes, such as asking a family member or neighbor to help take care of the child for a short break, or finding other people to carpool with. middle of the task of taking the children to school.
Despite the tips, the study authors recommend that parents with more severe burnout should see a professional to take care of their mental health immediately, because the syndrome can lead to other conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
What is Burnout Syndrome?
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes burnout syndrome as a “result of chronic stress in the workplace”, and studies have already attributed three different phases to the condition:
- emotional exhaustion
- Irritability and detachment
- Decreased sense of personal accomplishment
According to research by Yale, burnout syndrome strengthens the primitive circuitry of the amygdala — a brain structure dedicated to expressing emotional reactions and learning emotionally relevant content, so it’s as if the brain itself is configuring itself to focus on interpret things in a negative way.
Experts recommend practical activities, such as arts, sports and cooking, and talking to people more often, to lessen the effects of Burnout syndrome.