Book Title: Lighten Your Mental Load by Amy Thornton
Category: Adult non-fiction, 129 pages
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing
Release date: January, 2020
Tour dates: Apr 13 to May 1, 2020
Content Rating: PG: The author uses occasional mild swear words in the book.
Mental labor, or the mental load, involves the many — and extremely varied — tasks that are involved in managing a household and/or workplace. This topic has exploded over the past couple of years, especially for women. As stated in an October 2017 Washington Post
article, “The constant stress of trying to stay organized — and to remember to execute so many tasks every single day — is affecting women’s relationships with their spouses, children, friends, and colleagues. They are experiencing mental, emotional, and physical
fatigue trying to stay on top of it all.”
Lighten Your Mental Load shares real stories of what this load is like for both men and women across the globe and how it originated. It offers practical advice on how to lighten this burden through technology and other methods in the following areas:
• Shopping and Meals
• Birthdays, Celebrations, Holidays, and Vacations
• Volunteering, Church Activities, and Hobbies
Finally, the book discusses ways to not add to the mental load of others and how we can more evenly distribute the mental labor between both sexes for future generations.
Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been battling the mental load for over
29 years. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant
professional for 18 years, is a columnist for the Hamilton County
Reporter in Central Indiana, and a wife and mother. She also published Joy to You and Me (At Work!) in 2018 through Tell-Tale Publishing.
What made you write a book about the mental load?
Two major events pushed me to write this book. The first was seeing the term “mental load” in a series of online cartoons by the French cartoonist, Emma, in early 2017. I felt like a light bulb switched on in my head! Finally someone was giving a name to the overwhelming burden shared by millions of women around the globe. Emma was the spark that started the roaring wildfires across the Internet about the mental labor and the damage it’s doing to so many people. It’s not only affecting women, although we are in the majority.
Second, my own mental load was overflowing. I had done well between working, raising my children, and managing my household for almost 16 years. But once my mom moved to an assisted living facility close to me in December of 2016, the scales tipped and I found that I couldn’t juggle everything as well as I used to. I had entered “the sandwich generation” – the generation that is taking care of our own families as well as our parents. And it was hard.
I looked for a book to help me manage it all and was disappointed to not find one. Then I thought, “Wait a minute – I can write it!” So in December of 2018, I started my journey. It’s changed my life and I hope it will change millions of other lives.
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