There’s been quite a bit of talk about the burden of the ‘mental load’ recently.
It’s the never-ending to-do list that haunts your every waking moment (and sometime interrupts your sleep!). Organising, planning, making lists — basically making sure the household runs as smoothly as possible.
It is exhausting, it’s not always fairly distributed and it’s detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
If you’re not familiar with the term, you’re probably still very familiar with how it works. It goes a little something like this (my actual thoughts right now):
The tail needs to be sewn onto the mouse costume for the 6YO’s dance concert before Sunday.
Don’t forget to get some cash out for the 7YO’s pizza party at school next week.
Remember that it’s free dress on Friday. They’ve got to wear orange and bring an item for the homeless. Does the 6YO even own anything orange? The 7YO has to bring socks. The 6YO has to bring travel-sized toiletries. When will I get to the shops before Friday?
Six more sleeps till the 3YO is a 4YO! Will we have cake at home or the park?
Don’t forget to call and let all the family know where and when it will be!
What cake did she want again? Was it a cat-shaped cake? What do I need for that?
Oh! She’ll need to have her 4-year-old check-up and vaccinations. Better make an appointment.
Brother-in-law staying here this weekend. Don’t forget to wash the sheets!
Did I pay that electricity bill?
And my absolute least favourite … what will we have for dinner!!??
Of all the thoughts that vie for space in my brain each day, what to have for dinner is the most frustrating.
From the moment I wake I start preparing for it. Take something down to defrost. Check I have the ingredients. Make plans to head to the shop if I don’t. And that’s just when I have something to cook! Some days there’s nothing in the freezer to take down and I’m starting from scratch.
All of this would be somewhat satisfying if I actually enjoyed cooking and eating the meal myself. But with three young kids – one of them beyond fussy – it is often the same bland and boring dinners that I can barely even look at anymore. All met with the same level of enthusiasm by my husband. The children are often even less appreciative.
It is fair to say I have well and truly lost my dinner mojo.
And that is what really appeals to me about HelloFresh — the meal-kit delivery service that is changing the way Australians are cooking and eating.
It is nutritionally balanced meals. It is variety. It is neatly packed and delivered to your door. It is convenient, it is environmentally friendly and, of course, it is delicious!
But more than that — it is a huge load off my mind. It has lightened my mental load significantly. I don’t have to think about what to cook, it don’t have to worry about whether or not I have the ingredients, I don’t have to squeeze in a quick trip to the grocery store between school pick-up and swimming lessons.
And for the first time in a long time, I’m exciting about cooking and I’m loving what I’m eating.
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