SWITCHING OFF YOUR MENTAL LOAD
You wake up, start making breakfast for kids while packing their school lunches; you put a load of washing on; make the bed and check work emails while planning dinner – while simultaneously making a mental list of the day’s errands and deadlines. Sound like your morning?
This all-too-familiar scenario has a name. It’s called the mental load.
The load consists of all the mental work, list-making, organising, bill worrying, and the things we do to keep our lives and household running. And you know what? It’s exhausting! The mental load also takes up so much space there’s no room to practise mindfulness and other things to help us relax.
Tiffiny Hall has the following tips for turning off the mental load:
● Delegate – we need to let partners do more by giving them the opportunity to actually step up and fill in the gaps we create. Let your husband pay the bills and fold the towels. The same principle goes for the kids. They can, and should, be helping out around the house also.
● Exercise more – when you’re exercising and challenging yourself, you won’t be able to let the mental load creep in.
● Lower your expectations – try and remember it’s a home, not a display house. Also, remember not everything has to be done today – things can wait till tomorrow.
● Meditate – our brains need to come up for air too. Meditation can help. It reduces stress and helps us to be present.