My burn-out
My burn-out

Burnout or maternal depression?

No, maternal burnout is not depression

Depression manifests itself more as a lack of energy or desire in all areas of a person’s life. It is a constant state of the person. On the other hand, in the case of maternal burnout, it relates more to the notion of “wonder woman” with a woman who wants to be on all fronts and who puts a lot of pressure on herself to meet all of her goals.

She needs to feel she has accomplished her mission at all costs, and it is even more true when she gets little or no support from her spouse. In this type of case, some women do not hesitate to wear several hats to meet the needs of their children, their work …

More emphasis is placed on the notion of excess (mental overload, stress) and on external causes (social pressure, acceleration of modern life, lack of support or relay). It is the environment that causes suffering or exhaustion because the parent tries too hard to adapt to it. I invite you to read our article which details the differences between burnout and depression.

How to prevent maternal burnout?

As with every burnout, preventing it or treating it goes through an essential stage.

The person needs to admit that she needs to let go and accept she cannot be a perfect parent.


Accepting our weaknesses, our shortcomings, our mistakes is probably the best thing to do. Because by releasing the pressure, by forgetting about the dictates of perfection (often conveyed by society, the media), it is possible to reduce the level of stress. The production of bad hormones like cortisol decreases. Less tense, less subject to the mechanisms of stress, the parent finally allows himself to take breaks and recharge his batteries.

Letting go

Letting go doesn’t mean not caring about anything. On the contrary ! It is trying to find in your life, even with its constraints, moments when you can unwind, moments that will restore your inner balance and maintain better health.

You can refer to the support section to find out which are the recommended therapies nowadays in case of burnout.


Patience soothes all pain without remedy.


When we are feeling bad we would like to be better instantly. Unfortunately, coming out of a burnout syndrome takes patience. Just as it formed over weeks, months or even years, it will take a lot of time to get rid of the bad habits and change.

If you have any questions regarding relaxation therapy or how to prevent or recover from burnout, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Véronique About


An entrepreneur and sophrologist, I graduated from CEAS in Paris and from the Sophrology Academy in Ashford, which is a member of FEPS (the Federation of Sophrology Centers), I specialized in issues of stress and burn-out. Do not hesitate to contact me, for any questions or request for support in sophrology.