There is no question that being a working mom is stressful and tiring work. The working mothers that you see on television shuffling their children off from place to place and cleaning their home always manage to have a smile on their face. Do you know why they are this way and you are not? Simple, their lives are written by a creative writing team and you spent your days juggling a real home life and a real career life, and the end result is that you put everyone and everything in your life first and yourself last.
Moms need time-outs, too. We all have days when our patience is quickly running out and the stress is adding up. There is not much we can do minimize our to-do lists, but we can take a moment to remove ourselves from situations that may lead us to snap. Leave the room. Take a deep breathe or two or three, if you have to. Imagine that you are breathing the stress out your body.
Eating well. Stress is one of the things that a working mother has to deal regardless of how effectively she manages her to-do list. However, eating healthy will help you feel better and increase your ability to cope with stress.
Live in the moment. Being a working mother, you are not always able to plan the things you are going to do the next day, the next week or the next month. You have to take life as it comes so stick to focusing on the present. Yes, there are deadlines at work and mountains of laundry at home, but those things are not going any where. These issues will either be long forgotten or completed soon enough. Stressing yourself about tomorrow and the next day won’t change a thing.
Feel free to vent. That’s what other working moms for, and they get you. Turn to your fellow working moms for advice, support, and understanding. Getting things off your mind will allow you to move on to the next challenge.
Sleep. Try to sleep between seven and nine hours a day. Go to bed with your kids and forget about the sink full of dishes that you never got to today. There is always tomorrow. Try to maintain a sleep routine and stick to it even on weekends.
Take the day off. Try this a couple times a month or even once a week. For just one day, forget the office, forget the housework, and don’t leave the house. Just spend a quiet day with your children. Take a nap. Laugh with your kids, cuddle with them and just relax. Resist the urge to clean, check emails or run errands. You deserve a day off and so do your kids.
Being a working mom is stressful work, but the most important spectators in your life are your children. If you are stressed, so are your children. It is your job to raise them to be happy and healthy and the only way you can do that is to set a good example.
What things do you do to ease the stress of your day and to help maintain a work-life balance?
You may also be interested in: