What is the "mental load," and are you carrying too much of it?

Are you taking on too much invisible labor at home? Here's what to do about it

Stars Insider

22/12/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Family life

Ever feel like your entire household schedule would fall apart if you weren't holding things together? Suffer sleepless nights trying to work out how to get child A to a birthday party at the same time as child B has a violin lesson, while your partner's snoozing away happily? Well, you're not alone.

This type of cognitive gymnastics is known as the "mental load," and it can be just as exhausting as physical household tasks. Unseen and often unappreciated, it's the type of work that means having to silently memorize school and social schedules, and keep up to date with what's in the fridge and which school friends are coming for dinner. The mental load falls disproportionately on women, and it can be a major cause of stress in relationships. Left unchecked, it can even lead to burnout.

Sound familiar? Check out this gallery to find out how to divide the mental load more equally.

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