What IS MENTAL LOAD?
Mental Load is the mental burden that often falls on women who do all the invisible work of keeping track of home appointments, projects and logistics. The term covers a never-ending to-do list of small and big things that need to be done in the family and can be divided into four cognitive stages, all of which require energy.
Often, household tasks are divided into routine tasks and flexible tasks, and it's important to understand the difference.
Routine tasks are those that need to be done often or every day. For example, planning dinner, doing laundry, buying tabs for the dishwasher, dusting behind the couch, changing bedding, remembering when to bring the kids' gym clothes to school, etc.
Flexible tasks, on the other hand, are tasks that only need to be done once in a while and rarely have a deadline. It could be getting the car to the mechanic, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge, changing winter tires or cleaning the gutters. Tasks that are often, but certainly not always, done by the man.