6 Tips for Working Moms
Daily life can be a balancing act when you're getting demands from your kids and your job. Being able to master both can be challenging. It can be even harder to find a few minutes to yourself.
I've come up with a few tips that I hope will keep you balanced through demanding and difficult times. Hopefully, they can help alleviate some stress and allow more time for you to relax and practice more self-care.
1. Plan Meals Ahead
Let's face it, cooking after a long day of work is not something we want to do all the time. But if you plan ahead your meals for the week, you can make doing it a little bit easier and less stressful. You can even grab pre-made dinners from the store and just throw them in the crockpot or oven.
Try making more than just a single night's dinner. Double the recipe and freeze the leftovers for another night. If you have your work scheduled planned out, and you know you're going to be extremely busy on a certain day, take out the leftovers for dinner or designate that night as an "eat out" night.
2. Teach Independence
When your children are old enough, teach them basic household chores. This can help you manage your at-home time. Instead of coming home and worrying about cleaning up the entire house, you can designate certain tasks to the kids. It can be as simple as picking up their toys or cleaning their room. Even a little bit of help goes a long way.
3. Be Realistic
Set realistic expectations for yourself. Juggling a job and kids is hard. Try to set flexible hours for yourself, if you can. It's important that you don't get burnt out at your job just to come home and deal with more stress. Make sure to make time for yourself, even if it's only for 30 minutes a day. Being able to come home and relax can help you recharge and get ready to spend time with the kids.
4. Remember YOU Are Human
You may see other moms and feel bad that they look like they have all their ducks in a row. Sometimes seeing that can make you feel like a chicken with its head cut off. But it's important to understand that it's not always like that. Some days will feel like you have a ticket to the hot mess express, and other days you will feel so put together that you could be royalty!
5. Get Enough Sleep
Yes, it can be hard, but it's extremely important to get enough sleep. Sleep is fundamental to your ability to function and your overall mental and physical health. The less you sleep, the worse you may feel. Not getting a good night's sleep can result in feelings of grogginess or irritability throughout the day. You may even feel depleted of all energy by the time you get home because any energy you did have went to completing tasks at work.
Try to set a specific bed time, and stick to it as often as you can.
6. It’s Okay to Say "No"
Saying yes to everything can put too much on your plate. When you're already struggling with everyday tasks, adding on any extra activity can be challenging. Remember, it's okay to say "no" every once in a while.
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