Working moms know that balancing families and careers is no easy task. It can be downright exhausting.
Rather than get discouraged, Monique Sharp encourages women to get in control. The key is to find a healthy medium which can allow for a fulfilling life. Sometimes the best approach is to reach out to those going down similar life paths. Getting support and advice from peers can make a world of difference. On that note, here is a list of tips that have come from a collection of women, via Facebook. This informal survey makes for a great way to hear and be heard by real working moms.
1: Never Underestimate the Power of “Me Time”
Making time for yourself is a must! Working moms always have a lot going on and it is very easy to get overwhelmed. But it’s okay to take a break; the truth is you need time to clear your head and regroup. If you can only get half an hour, take it. For example, working mom and student, Pamela Estremera, creates her “me time” first thing in the morning by having a cup of coffee or two and mapping out her day.
2: Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate
Delegating chores amongst the family members not only helps to lighten the load, but teaches everyone responsibility. If your kids are old enough to take out the trash, put away the laundry and do other small things around the house, and you should feel free to assign tasks. With everyone pitching in, you may even find the time to schedule a relaxing evening on the couch.
3: Build A Support System
It’s okay to ask for help. Whether you need help with your workload, are in need of a babysitter, or just need someone you can call for back up in the case of an emergency, you should feel welcome to it. Your support system can be made up of family and friends who care about you and your well-being. Ashley Butler, a working mom and student, says her biggest support system comes from her mom and daughter’s dad. If it wasn’t for all of the help she receives, she said she does not know what she would do.
4: Stay Organized.
Organization is the only way to make things run smoothly. Keeping a to-do list can help you stay on top of everything that you need to get done in a day’s time. However, be careful not to make your list unreasonable, that’s a sure-fire way to get overwhelmed, and completely counterproductive. Instead, be sure to carefully consider what has to be done, as well as what can be done. It’s okay to put things off until tomorrow as long as it is somehow beneficial to your plan. The name of the game is not procrastination, but prioritization!
5: De-Stress By Getting Active
Daily exercise not only helps you to get fit but it also helps you to gain energy and feel better throughout the day. Endorphines are more powerful than you might think. “Running everyday allows me to clear my head and it helps me to stay fit at the same time,” says Chantal Vereen, a school teacher, wife, and mother of six year old twins.