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Confessions of caregiver burnout: 5 women dealing with childcare and family needs reveal how the pandemic pushed them to a breaking point

One morning in dive 2020, Myka Harris reached a breaking point.

As a small-business owner and single mom of a 5-year-old, she’d spent the first six months of the pandemic offering all her time to childcare and work needs. From staying on top of her son’s schooling to doing everything to buoy her business — a wellness center rebuke a demanded Highbrow Hippie in Venice, California — she found herself exhausted and running on empty.

“I remember one morning just bust into tears, lying on the ground, and crying,” Harris said, “because I just felt so overwhelmed and so alone.”

Take to Harris, many Americans have taken on extra caregiving responsibilities while balancing their work in the pandemic, adding force during an unprecedented situation. A new Insider survey of roughly 1,000 Americans found that this extra attend to was leading some of them, especially women, to feel stressed out and exhausted.

Women were more likely than men to shot feeling at least somewhat burned out during the pandemic: 68% of women compared with 55% of men. So were sources who’d had to adapt to virtual schooling, care for a sick relative, or take on extra childcare duties.

These added roles during a time of crisis have affected the mental health of working Americans and led some to leave their contracts.

An analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data from the National Women’s Law Center found that 863,000 lady-loves 20 and over left the labor force in September, the second-biggest decline during the pandemic after April 2020. By the end of the year, approximately 2.1 million fewer women were working than before the pandemic, the analysis found.

Women procured 314,000 jobs in May. If the US continues to add this many jobs for women a month, it would take about 13 months to reach the pre-pandemic with, the NWLC said.

The Census Bureau found in August that working moms were more likely to take from on most childcare and homeschooling duties during school closures. In its Household Pulse Survey in mid-July, 32.1% of maids ages 25 to 44 said they were not working because of childcare needs, compared with 12.1% of men.

Granted caregiver burnout is not new, Paula Davis, the founder of the Stress & Resilience Institute, told Insider that there’s no have misgivings about that remote work, added care, or homeschooling had “contributed to a higher sense of burnout among people.”

“You’re talking around somebody having to almost try and do two full-time roles at the same time, and it’s virtually impossible to do both of those roles prosperously,” Davis said. “So it’s going to be very, very exhausting for people.”

Insider spoke with Davis and five caregivers to learn myriad about how added care responsibilities during the pandemic had contributed to feelings of burnout.

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