I have had more than one mom think they were depressed and needed medication when they realized it was really just burnout. (which for the record, I am not saying is true or not true. Always seek medical advice when you feel it’s necessary)
Burnout can look like depression in some ways, but the fix is much easier and quicker.
So if you think you may be in burnout or wondering if it might actually be depression, try this and see if it helps alleviate some of it.
Check in with what you are thinking and feeling.
Write it down.
Then question all of it.
How could the opposite be true?
Seems weird, but often when we are burned out it is because we are unaware of limiting beliefs and thoughts keeping us stuck.
Start there. Because telling you to take time for yourself when you believe that you can’t, isn’t useful.
Encouraging you to do less when you believe it’s your responsibility to do it all… wont work.
Every problem starts as a thought problem.
So check in.
You may find that just loosing up those thoughts a bit allows you to feel a little different. Make different choices easier that will in turn lessen your burnout.
Give it try. Tell me how it goes!