I’m so happy to be a stop on the blog tour for Amy Thornton Shankland’s latest book Lighten Your Mental Load. You’ll find a summary and buying options below. Maybe you’d like to know why Amy is the best person to write this book, though, so here’s a little bit about her to get you started:
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.
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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.
What is your writing schedule?
I have an interesting writing “tradition” I started back in 2012. I was scheduled for foot surgery that fall and knew I would be off of work for over two weeks. I decided that would be a great time to do some writing. Sure enough, I wrote well over half of my novel Hoop Mama (published by Fast Pencil) during that time. Once I built up that momentum it was easy to continue writing in the evenings and weekends until I finished.
Fortunately I’ve been able to do kind of the same thing ever since. I now work for myself and my business is quiet around the holidays, so I can take two weeks off to “kick start” my writing. I literally started Lighten Your Mental Load on December 26, 2018 and was able to finish a third of it before returning to work in 2019.
I’m not an early morning person, so I prefer to write for about an hour every evening and more on the weekends. My boys are older now, fortunately, so I have more time to write than ever before.
I’ve heard of other moms with young children writing in the early morning before everyone wakes up. I think you have to carve out the schedule that works best for you. Even if you only write for a 2-3 hours a week, you’ll still eventually reach that finish line!