The Mental Load

Balancing the Unseen Burden

Sacha | Thoughts

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From the moment we wake up to the minute we rest our heads on the pillow, there’s a hum in the background of our lives. A ceaseless white noise, like the relentless ticking of a clock, always present, always on.

It’s a mental checklist, a relentless wheel that’s always spinning, always ticking off tasks and creating new ones.

This is what we call the ‘mental load’ — an invisible, yet weighty baggage of organising, managing, and remembering household responsibilities.

As a woman, I look around and see an audacious disregard for this endless list of tasks we undertake daily. From keeping track of the 1,001 every day items — food and otherwise — needed to keep the household operating (ordering, picking up, and putting away said items), to managing meals to suit everyone’s palate and diet, making sure the vegemite / tea / coffee / milk doesn’t run out (managing co-requisite meltdowns should it happen), planning outings and celebrations, scheduling and tracking everyone’s appointments, the list is exhaustive.

We weave these chores seamlessly into our lives that they almost become invisible — their true volume and value often unnoticed and unappreciated.

But today’s woman is more than just a homemaker. We’re charging into boardrooms, making policies…

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Sacha | Thoughts

Sociologist and writer focused on analysing societal power dynamics and promoting positive social change