Working Mom Mantras: Balancing work and career
When work life starts to take toll on you, stress automatically makes you weary and pulls your otherwise high tempo of the day. As a mother, choosing between demanding career and managing kids becomes a tough decision because none of them can’t be ignored. As a result you feel demotivated and negativity hovers in your mind. During this time, do not get worried and make situation worse for yourself. Rather try these real practical tips to lead a stress-free life and feel lucky to be a working mother and feel proud of being renowned as a 'Super MOM'.
Live guilt free life
The first and foremost rule of performing exceeding well in the role of working mother is leading a guilt free life. This simply means that you need not feel bad about every small thing that you missed or couldn’t do for your family or kids amidst your responsibility towards the job. Assume that everything cannot be accomplished in one go and hence you cannot please everyone around you.
If you kid doesn’t completes homework on time and gets scolded by teacher, it is not your fault rather make him/her independent to take charge of their responsibility. ‘Household chores’ is the shared responsibility of you and your spouse. So don’t go mad if things are not in place all the time. Count on your blessings rather than focusing on the dark side of life. Living a guild free life will keep you buoyant and spirited always.
Keep Organiser Handy
Keeping a small dairy or installing an organiser in your mobile will streamline your jigsaw puzzle type lifestyle. You cannot remember everything and task with precision of exact time to work it out. So a organiser and app comes handy that will always remind you about the doctor’s appointment of your aging parents, hobby class fee dates for you and your kids, gym cycle and even your grocery stock in the kitchen.
Communicate with Employer
One of the easiest ways to manage your life is to stay honest and communicate candidly with your employer. Your manager will come to your resume when in trouble at the workplace. Be it long term leaves, emergency calls or work management issues, he/she will be the with whom you can reach on an agreeable agreement. At the workplace, your manager is an angel who will always support you in the times of need given the fact that you do not ignore work priorities when in office. If you need a leave to attend a family function then do not make wrong excuses; rather try to explain your part of the story, than to escape the situation. If he/she will be kind enough to listen to you, they will always make place to let you balance your work-life.
Enjoy the ‘ME’ time as well
Someone has rightly said that when life offers lemons, make lemonade. Do not worry too much after a hectic day at work. Take time and relax a bit before you buck up your belt to handle household chores. It is important to give yourself ‘ME’ time because you feel lost while taking care of other throughout the day!
Savour evening snacks and calm yourself with a hot cup of tea. You can also listen to good music and make sure that you do not end up keeping your thoughts cluttered. If you love to read then do keep a novel in your travel bag always. When you get few minutes, rummage through the pages of the novel and enjoy the absentia from the reality to live a life of your dreams. You can even try hot bath infused with aromatic oils to smother your senses. It will surely make you feel alive after slogging yourself to the coarse and rough day at work.
Spend time with Spouse
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of your life, do not forget that there is one special person who is always by your side in all the moments of life. Try to spend couple of hours with him in your day. Both of you can choose to travel together while commuting for work. It will give you both some time together away from family and a feeling of long drive as well. Similarly, you can put a little effort to go for a walk in the morning or night to keep fit and that will give you some lone time with each other to share the day. In the meanwhile, you can also plan weekend trips every quarter if time and nature of job permits. This will acts as an energy booster at work even.
Make time for fun with kids
For a mother, it is very significant to keep track of the kids and their friend circle. Do not miss out on this aspect at any cost because the company of the kids will ascertain their behaviour and daily habits, in fact their code of conduct in the family too. Whenever you get time in the weekends or sometime weekdays, make sure that you visit the playground with them. Meet their friends and family members. Also make sure that you meet their school friend circle when you go to the parent-teacher meeting or invite their friends at home to know them better.
There are various adventure parks filled with most exciting rides and water rides. You can plan weekend at such places once a while with kids. Alongside malls these days offer the facility of kids gaming zones where kids can play with parents. You can also get board games for kids and play with them to engage with them on a lazy weekend.
In a nutshell these are a few tried and tested tips that help working mothers keep stress at bay and avoid negative feelings. We hope that many of you might be having your own tried and tested formulas to avoid ants in the pants. Share with us your unique way to balance the work life and help others make time for themselves from the hassles of an ordinary day.
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