How heavy is your mental load?

7-days to lighten your overworked mama brain

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Do you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?

Wash the dishes. Pack the lunches. Worry about the baby eating the house plants. Schedule the dentist appointment. Trim the fingernails. Buy the birthday gifts. Exercise? Pay the plumber. Make the muffins. Schedule the babysitter. Feel guilty about too many PB&J sandwiches. Plan the vacation. Go on vacation. Desperately need a vacation from the vacation....


Are you are committed to improving your self-care but aren't sure where to start?

This program will give you tools and knowledge to go from:

  • feeling overwhelmed --> to feeling calm

  • feeling self-doubt --> to feeling confident

  • feeling like a "nag" --> to feeling like an intentional communicator

  • feeling irritable --> to feeling grateful


Video Lessons to Teach the 4-Step Plan Delivered Over 7 Days

Two Live Group Coaching Sessions with Denaye (value $198)

30-Day Private Community for Members-Only (Facebook not required)

Group Accountability + Discussion

14-Page PDF Workbook

About Denaye Barahona, Ph.D.

Hi friends. As a Mama of two young children, I am in the trenches with you. I also know that it can be hard to change habits and learn new ways on your own, so I'd love to partner with you as lighten the mental load of parenthood.

Whether it be from my on the job training as a mother or my professional experience, I have learned that as parents–we so desperately want to get everything right.

I have a personal and professional passion for helping women thrive in motherhood. My Ph.D. is in Child Development with a focus in Family Wellness. I am also a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in Child and Family Practice. I followed that up with a Post-Grad certificate studying the behavior of children. I have spent much of my career supporting parents and teaching Family Wellness coursework at the university level.

My work has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Minimalists, Motherly, Becoming Minimalist, and numerous other media outlets.

I have designed this program to be simple and actionable--no fluff. I look forward to getting to know you!


Words from recent Mental Unload™ participants:

  • "If I would have known that taking an hour or two to myself to get on the path to less overwhelm was possible....I would have done this way long ago. I know this is just the beginning and that this is not a quick fix, I’m just honestly so surprised and so relieved about how much better I’m feeling already." - Lena D.

  • "The mental unload couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I was struggling under a constant feeling of overwhelm and self doubt in my parenting. I was feeling resentful and irritated with my husband on a daily basis, a feeling I didn’t like but couldn’t shake. The mental unload walked me through a step by step process in tackling and resolving these feelings. The online community was warm and supportive and Denaye’s guidance was understanding, empathic, practical and clear. During the course I experienced a number of ‘a ha’ moments where I literally felt the resentment and pressure to be the perfect mother begin to resolve. I’m so glad I signed up." - Karen M.

  • "It really was a game changer in my house and honestly, the best thing I’ve ever done for myself." I signed up for the mental unload in a desperate attempt to help my marriage and actually enjoy being a mother instead of feeling burdened all the time. Denaye’s approach is simple but incredibly effective. Over the course of the program, I learned so much about myself and how to communicate with intent instead of an emotional reaction. The result: a happier mom, more laid back, far less stressed and my kids and husband are reaping these benefits too. - Emily M.

Why you need this program:

The Mental Unload™ can transform your mindset. In family life we have the best of intentions. Yet somehow we end up overwhelmed, overanalyzing, and overcomplicating life with children. The mental load of parenthood is a real thing, but you can absolutely lighten your load. If you give me seven days I will teach you how to get started.


As a wife & mother of two young children, I get it - I've experienced all the feels: overwhelm, resentment, worry, irritability, stress, etc. This program content will be delivered over the course of 7 days, but the private community and I will be available for 30 days as you move through the process at your own pace.


Here's what I'll be teaching...

In this program, I am going to take you step-by-step through the process of lightening your mental load. I'll spend seven days teaching you how, and after that the community and I will be there to support you through the following three weeks.


STEP ONE. Unpack the Mental Load

The mental load is invisible. Often we have a generalized feeling of overwhelm that makes it difficult for others to understand and provide support. When we make it visible we can gain support and reduce the weight of parenthood. We all have natural tendencies of dealing with stress and overwhelm—we are going to identify yours.

STEP TWO. Understand the Mental Load

Sometimes our brains feel like mush. Once we have unpacked the mental load, we will start to make sense of it. We will look more closely at how your brain is spending its time. Is your mental load filled with worry? Planning? Tasks? This step will break it down and help you understand it. The first step in making change is building awareness.

STEP THREE. Reduce the Mental Load

Once we have a better understanding of our mental load, we can begin to identify practical ways to reduce it. We will surprise ourselves by easily eliminating many worries and prioritizing the items that truly matter the most. In this step, we will dive deeper into the relationship we have with our spouses/partners and how we can improve our communication and mutual support.

STEP FOUR. Maintain a Simplified Mental Load

Once we have identified what weighs us down, we will start to seek out what lifts us back up. We will also talk about managing the mental load moving forward--how to identify the weight before it gets too heavy and how this process can be applied again in the future.

Are you ready? It starts on July 15th.


Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:

When does the course start and finish?

The program starts Thursday July 15, 2021. You will receive all the program content over the course of the first week, but the community group will be open for 30 days for discussion and accountability. 

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact Denaye (denaye @ before July 30th, 2021 to request a refund. Refunds will not be given due to busyness/lack of time to participate, so please schedule accordingly before you begin the program. Refunds will be given if you decide that the program does not fit your needs or enhance your well-being/mental health.

Do I need Facebook to participate?

No, Facebook will not be utilized in this program.

Is this program a replacement for mental health therapy?

Absolutely not. Past participants have reported significant gains in their mental well-being. However, this program is not a replacement for mental health therapy or medical interventions. If you are at risk of hurting yourself or someone else, please seek immediate medical attention. Important Disclaimer: If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges please consult your physician or mental health professional before processing. If you have further questions about whether this program is a fit for you, email me directly [email protected] All participants must read the terms of use prior to enrollment.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like, across any and all devices you own. However, the private community group will only be available for 30 days.

Can I participate anywhere in the world?

Yes! We have participants from all over the world. The content is pre-recorded and can be viewed on your schedule. The live coaching sessions are recorded in case you can't make it live.