Being a working mom can be tough. It can be hard enough just looking after your kids or working a busy job, but when you have to combine the two, things can get pretty stressful pretty fast.
That’s why it’s so important that moms, whether they’re doing property jobs working in the local supermarket, or running their own business, should all take more time out for self-care. After all, if you burn out you won’t be able to do your job or look after your kids as effectively, and everyone loses.
With that in mind, here are some things every working mom should do for herself:
1. Take those vacation days
A lot of women think that, in order to get ahead in the world of work, they need to be constantly present. It’s often harder for women to establish themselves in their careers due to sexism, so they feel like they can’t afford to take time out.
This is totally the wrong way of looking at things because it has been proven, time and time again, that people who do have more breaks and take time out are more productive, creative, and generally good at their jobs.
So, take the time off, feel no guilt about it and come back ready to show them what you’ve got. You’ll be less likely to burn out and you’ll be better able to enjoy some quality time with your family by doing so.
2. Actually BE with your children
It’s easy, when you get home from a hard day’s work, to flop in front of the couch with Netflix or your phone for company, but you’ll feel far more fulfilled, and have less mom guilt if you can make a real effort to turn off the screens and spend some quality time with the kids actually talking about your days and having fun while you’re all completely present. This will go a long way to ensuring that you all feel connected and that you make good memories while the kids are still young even if your career does take up a lot of your time.
3. Do everything the night before
Mornings are stressful for many working moms, but one thing that can really make them easier, and therefore enable you to have a few minutes to yourself to ease into the day, is doing everything you need to the night before. From preparing the kids’ lunches to laying out your work clothes, anything you can do in advance, you probably should. It might not feel like self-care, but it really is – try it and you will see.
You might be a working mom, but that doesn’t mean you should have to do everything. You deserve to put your feet up once in a while too, so get used to delegating various tasks to your children in an age-appropriate way, share the chores more evenly and ensure you all get plenty of time to rest.
Being a working mom isn’t always easy, but if you do these four things, it need not be a nightmare either. Look after yourself.