My burn-out
My burn-out

The symptoms of maternal burnout

Although the causes are very different, the symptoms of maternal burnout are very similar to those of occupational burnout, so do not hesitate to consult the article.

Mom has no more battery


When your strength leaves you…

Your body literally lets go. In addition, guilt and fear set in as you can no longer play this important role in your life. Then the parent can’t get back on his feet.

According to Moïra Mikolajczak, author of the book Parental burn-out, how to avoid it and to get out of it:

  • 5% of parents suffer from parental burnout
  • 8% are at high risk, that is, they are highly likely to fall into an advanced state of exhaustion.

According to a study carried out in 2013 by the site Maman travaille (Mom works):

  • 63% of mothers who have a professional activity are exhausted
  • 19% take medication, vitamins or painkillers at least once a week

It takes a long time to recover from a burnout. And the longer you wait to take care of it, the longer it will take to recover.

Symptoms of maternal burnout.

Here are some symptoms that may help you identify it:

  • A feeling of exhaustion (Physical and emotional exhaustion is often one of the first symptoms to appear)
  • Affective distancing which is characterized by a lack of energy, of longing, a growing distance in the relationship with the people around and the child himself. Distance can mean less involvement in their education.
  • A feeling of ineffectiveness which results in self-deprecation.
  • The feeling of being a bad mother
  • An acute feeling of loneliness
  • A lack of fulfillment in general
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Somatic complaints (headaches, stomach aches, back pain)
  • A certain pessimism with difficulty in considering the future
  • A bad image and low self-esteem
  • Memory loss
  • Anger from feeling and seeing that you have a short fuse
  • You sometimes wish you could recover your former life
  • You get angry with your children and your spouse
  • You are afraid of everything
  • You feel overwhelmed by your emotions
  • You tend to withdraw into yourself
  • Addictions (drugs, alcohol)
  • Eating disorders (weight loss or gain)
  • Some mornings you feel like not waking up anymore
  • Having to make even simple decisions wears you out and you feel lost

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.