The mental load is the behind-the-scenes work that is necessary to manage our lives and properly care for others. Often times we hear about this in the context of moms who are typically the “default parent” but mental load can affect us all. This week, episode 156 of the Positively Living Podcast is about how to reduce mental load as a parent or caregiver.

In this episode of the Positively Living Podcast, my guest Roxanne Ferber—who has been a stay-at-home mom, work from home mom, and now a work outside of the home mom—shares how motherhood and bearing the mental load is never easy. She also gives actionable steps to take right now to find what works best for you to manage your demands and the stress that comes with it. 

Roxanne and I cover the following topics:

  • Defining “mental load” and what we mean when referring to the “default parent.”
  • How the overwhelm of mental load can manifest itself physically in the body. 
  • A number of ways you can reduce your mental load. 
  • How communication is the biggest proponent in managing mental load (and delegating tasks). 
  • Finding a community in which you can ask for help and support others who need it as well. 

Mental load, when left untreated, can build up to overwhelm and burnout and manifest symptoms in your physical realm. Acknowledging it and asking for help is essential.

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