It’s been fourteen months since the coronavirus pandemic changed life as we know it, and moms across the country are feeling the strain.
“My mental health was really suffering for a while,” Michelle Hudson, a mom from New York shared. “Being a parent isn’t easy to begin with, but then add on being contained in a home, limiting social interactions, working full time and taking care of the household.”
The online survey, which collected responses from over 1,300 moms, found that 69% of moms are feeling overwhelmed, while 64% reported that the past year has been “extremely hard.
The survey also found that 83% of moms are doing 60% or more of the housework.
On top of all of the added stresses moms are facing during this pandemic, 60% of those surveyed admitted that they rarely or never take time for their own well-being. That staggering number is a major concern because taking time to rest and refuel is one of the best ways to combat and prevent burnout.
According to experts, “mom burnout” can show itself in a variety of ways including: lack of patience, not sleeping well, feeling constantly exhausted, feeling withdrawn from others, feeling on edge, feeling resentful and guilty, cravings for junk food, and lack of energy.
The survey found that while current circumstances feel never-ending for many, 55% of moms are hopeful that next year will be better.
In their annual State of Motherhood survey, Motherly found that 93% of mothers reported feeling burnt out, with 16% saying the burnout is perpetual–they feel it all the time.
That survey, which looked at responses from 11,000 mothers with a focus on the 5,809 millennial responses, also found that:
- 41% of millennial mothers are having less sex as a result of the pandemic.
- More than half (56%) of mothers lack a non-family “village” they can call on for support.
- 64% of working mothers say their child and household duties have harmed their paid work in the last year.
With more and more people getting fully vaccinated, schools opening back up again in the fall, and warmer weather just around the corner, there is a resounding hope that we’re getting to the other side of this thing, together.