The demands are endless in today's world. When you are juggling a million different things on any given day - and your body becoming depleted because of it. Whether it’s balancing the chaos of work or navigating the fog of postpartum, we know it takes its toll.
One of the common reasons why we get postnatal depletion in the first place is because we go into pregnancies depleted from work.
This is something Dr Oscar Serrallach sees all the time in his clinic.
The good news is, it is something we can overcome: Supplements are a good start, but they’re only part of the solution.
What is Postnatal Depletion?
Postnatal depletion refers to the physical and emotional exhaustion that can occur after having children, you can feel the effects 7 years after birth (yes 7 years!). It is a result of the immense physical and hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the demands of the mental load that comes with raising a family. Symptoms of postnatal depletion may include fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, and a weakened immune system. It is important to note that postnatal depletion is not the same as postpartum depression, although they can coexist.
What is Burn Out?
Burn out, on the other hand, is a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. It can affect anyone, not just parents. Burn out is often the result of excessive work demands, lack of support, and an inability to cope with stress. Symptoms of burn out may include extreme fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
Similarities between Postnatal Depletion and Burn Out
While postnatal depletion and burn out have different triggers, they share some common symptoms and consequences. Both conditions can leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and emotionally drained. They can also impact cognitive function, making it difficult to think clearly and make decisions. Additionally, both postnatal depletion and burn out can have a negative impact on relationships, as individuals may struggle to find the energy and motivation to engage with others.
Postnatal Depletion and Burn Out share one key difference
One key difference between postnatal depletion and burn out is their triggers. Postnatal depletion is primarily caused by the physical and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the demands of modern parenting. On the other hand, burn out is often the result of chronic stress and excessive work demands, which you could say is relevant for parents too trying to combine the hours of work and the hours of caring for young children.
Managing and Preventing Postnatal Depletion and Burn Out
Both postnatal depletion and burn out require proactive management and prevention strategies.
First and foremost - sleep is everything. Try reverse sleep in (going to bed extra earlier - instead of trying to sleep in) to catch up on your sleep.
In todays world it's so hard to switch off, we need to re-learn it. In today's fast-paced society, it has become increasingly difficult to disconnect and relax. However, we must make a conscious effort to re-learn this essential skill. Please see our blog post of the seven types of rest you can try.
For postnatal depletion and burnout, we also need to communicate our needs and setting boundaries, and seeking professional help if needed. It is also crucial to create a support system and ask for help when necessary.
Not to mention to Support it with the right nutrients and vitamins, so you can feel like yourself again.