Being a full-time working mother is tough. Maintaining a healthy balance between family and work can easily cause stress and anxiety. To center yourself make sure you create a plan for your personal life. Here are some ideas on how to do that:
Spend Time with Your Family
When you’re at home, your family should be your top priority. Don’t bring work home with you. Turn off your cell phone and don’t read your new work emails. Focus on having fun with your family on the weekends or during the week. It’s important to bond and keep the family dynamic strong. This can be as simple as having breakfast together or planning family adventures. Try creating a calendar that includes dates for family and school events, birthdays and extracurricular activities to help coordinate everyone’s schedules. Google Calendar is a free app that can help everyone stay on top of events. It can be shared and synced on smartphones or computers.
Make Date Nights with Your Spouse
Remember that it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your partner. Schedule date nights or just stay in and play some cards games. The important thing is to regularly enjoy each other’s company.
Schedule Your Household Tasks
Don’t run yourself ragged by making sure all the housework is completed every single day. Working moms want to do it all, but that’s a sure-fire way to burn out. Instead, try doing one house task a day after work, or create a schedule to clean on certain days. This will enable you to maintain your home and you’ll still have quality time to spend with your family. You also don’t have to do the household chores alone. get help from your spouse and your children.
Some mothers feel guilty about taking time for themselves, but it’s important to do something alone once in a while. Yes, your family needs you, but alone time will help you recharge and will make you a more effective parent and spouse. Take a break from work and from your family to exercise, read, take a class, etc.