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“Instead of arriving to work fresh I’ve been up for 4 hours, changed 2 poop diapers, brought one kid to camp, the other to daycare and feel successful if I managed not to leave my gym bag with one of the kids and have taken the baby’s bottle bag with me to work. I arrive to court at 9:00 am and I feel as though I’ve already slayed a dozen dragons! With any luck, there isn’t unidentified goop on my suit.”
The mental load is damaging the relationship to career for 62% of over 200 surveyed Moms*. Many feel distracted, disengaged and hollowed out juggling work demands and everything-household. After fighting for years to establish our professional selves, the double-bind of it all crushes the spirit and pulls the same precious energy needed to problem solve and innovate. Essential skills to thrive in most careers.
There are limits to human attention and working memory. If you’re paid for strategic solutions or deliver creative output, the mental load’s insistent tug competes for that cognitive space and presence.
“I could have lost my job about 2 years ago. The stress was so bad from taking care of home and work…I was paralyzed with fear of doing it wrong. I was diagnosed with ADHD (got meds for that) increased (my) anxiety and depression meds and started seeing a counselor. That helped, but shortly after that I got pregnant with my second set of twins.” Continue reading “Why The Mental Load Matters To Your Career!”