Trying to be a good employee and a mother can make it seem like you need superpowers just to get through the day. While juggling all your responsibilities can seem impossible at times, here are strategies that you can implement to make surviving the day a little easier.
- Implement a routine
Having a routine can help to eliminate some of the chaos that comes with being a working mom. Once your kids get used to their routine, it will be easier for them to get more stuff done on their own.
- Create a plan
Once you’ve established a routine that works for you, create a daily plan for your kids. Write down the chores that they need to get done before they can watch TV or go outside to play with a friend.
- Simplify meals
With all the pressure of eating healthy and being the best mom ever, dinner time can come with pangs of anxiety. Simplify your meal plans to reduce the stress of cooking for your family.
- Remember to have fun
The pressure of life can make just surviving the day seem daunting. In amongst the chaos, it’s important to remember to have fun. Whether it’s laughing over a joke at the dinner table or planning a fun family outing on the weekend, there’s plenty of ways to lighten the mood.
- Have a support system
Burn out is a real risk if you’re a working mom. Having friends around for support can help you to get through the day.
- Learn to say “no”
There are only so many hours in a day which means that you can’t do it all. Learn to say no to extra commitments that you just can’t fit into your busy schedule. Setting healthy boundaries goes a long way towards reducing stress.
- Get the help that you need
If you’re struggling, reach out to a friend or family member for help. Sometimes the need to seem as if we’ve got it all together can prevent us from getting the assistance that we need.
- Get some exercise
With a never-ending to-do-list, exercising is probably the last thing on your mind. However, incorporating moderate exercise into your weekly routine can boost your energy levels and help you to stay focused at work.
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While going to bed late may seem like the only way to get everything done, it will affect your productivity negatively in the long run. The best strategy is to get a good night’s rest so you can face the day feeling refreshed.
- Set goals
When you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve, it’s easier to say no to tasks that don’t fit in with the plans that you have for your life.
- Take a break
It may seem impossible but setting aside time for yourself in your weekly schedule is vital for your emotional and physical wellbeing. Whether it’s taking a bath, reading a book or going for a short walk, a timeout will leave you feeling revitalized.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself
You are good enough. Instead of criticizing yourself and doubting everything that you do, practice self-compassion. You can start by making a list of everything that’s great about yourself and sticking it next to your bed.
- Get organized
Take every opportunity to get organized. Buy a calendar, create shopping lists and prepare school lunches the night before. Staying organized can help keep the chaos at bay.
- Practice gratitude
A daily gratitude practice helps your family to maintain a positive outlook even when times are tough. It’s as simple as asking your kids to share a few things that they are grateful for at the breakfast table or during the car trip to school.
- Avoid comparisons
Comparing yourself to other moms is a recipe for disaster. By focusing on yourself and avoiding comparisons, you’ll have more time to do things that you enjoy.
- Share responsibility
You can’t do it all. Get your family involved in household chores. Even tidying the house as a family on weekends can help to reduce your workload while presenting an opportunity for bonding.
- Don’t procrastinate
Leaving things to the last minute makes it more likely that you’ll feel overwhelmed and panic. While getting everything done on your to-do-list may not be achievable, you can prioritize the most important items that need to get done each day.
- Remove distractions
If you find yourself wasting time on non-essential tasks that you don’t enjoy, remove these timewasters from your life. Rather spend your downtime on something that you really enjoy which leaves you feeling rejuvenated.
- Keep it real
By being honest with yourself and others, you can avoid putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.
Last, but not least, make sure that you enjoy every moment with your family. While you may feel overwhelmed at times, in amongst the chaos are precious memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.