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Working mothers need to look after themselves properly

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This guide outlines the top three simple self-care strategies for working mothers to ensure their wellbeing amid career and family pressures.

Working mothers have a lot of responsibilities to juggle at once. It can be easy to lose some of the balance in your life and feel like things are getting out of control. It’s important to take time to care for yourself and make sure that you’re doing well.

Because of all the pressure placed on working mothers, it can be easy to collapse under that pressure and struggle to keep up with everything that’s expected of you. If you’re hoping to excel as a working mothers, you have to be able to take the time and make the time to care for yourself.

Self-care for working mothers

Enjoy De-Stressing Breaks

Do you feel a lot of stress on you throughout the day because of your responsibilities as a mother, businesswoman, spouse, and other hats that you wear? Maybe you wonder how you’ll get everything done and do a good job with it. You may be worried about accomplishing one thing and sacrificing another.

To help working mothers deal with all of that stress and pressure, it’s good to take a few small breaks throughout the day and just relieve some of the built-up tension. You can do this by closing your eyes for a minute or two, taking deep and slow breaths, reading a chapter in a book, calling up a friend, or even having a coffee or tea break. 

All these things help get your mind off of your responsibilities and collect your thoughts so that you can face your various challenges with renewed vigor and maybe even a new perspective.

Take several of these breaks each day, scattered throughout the day so that they have a cumulative effect of releasing stress at key points. These don’t have to be long breaks, but you should be using these opportunities to relax your mind.

It won’t be very healthy to use this time to look at YouTube videos, check your social media updates or get busy on a different work project. These need to be quiet moments without a lot of stimulation.

Give Yourself Extra Time

You may feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to get everything done that working mothers need to, and that could be true sometimes. You may need to hand over some of those responsibilities to someone else, getting a little help so that you end up with extra time in your schedule.

As a working mom, there is a lot that’s required of you, and you can wear yourself out and run yourself ragged by trying to handle everything on your own. So, you can look for opportunities to give yourself some additional time in the day and in the week.

There are a number of ways working mothers can do this, and here are a few suggestions you may be able to draw from:

  • Hire a babysitter or ask family members to watch your children
  • When you cook, prepare large portions for several days
  • Pick up already made meals to eat at home
  • Hire a cleaning service to do some of your housework
  • Ask a friend to run a few errands for you
  • Reschedule some of your responsibilities for a later date
  • Request a day off from work

Not all of these may be viable options for all working mothers, and some of them can actually make your workload worse later on, but they are all ways that you can create some extra time for right now.

There may be other things you can think of to do that will give you some free time to help you recuperate, relieve some stress, and get a little time for yourself.

Try Something New Regularly

A lot of burnout that working mothers feel comes from just doing the same thing week in and week out. You can quickly feel like you’re living in a monotonous rut if you’re not changing up your routine at all.

There are a few ways you can change up your schedule and do something different on a regular basis to help spark some interest in your life and create motivation where there normally would be none. One of the best ways to do that is to do things in a different order.

If you are a self-employed mother or business owner, you can rearrange your schedule so that you’re doing things in a different order throughout the week. Maybe some days you’re working evenings and other days you’re working in the morning. Changing things up a little bit can really break that sense of monotony for working mothers.

Another way to spice things up and make your life more interesting, giving you something to look forward to each week, is to do something different during your downtime or free time. So, one week, you can use your free time at the gym. Another week, you can do workouts at home. Another week, you could read a book in your down time or listen to an audiobook during your morning commute.

Look for ways you can use your free time differently, perhaps planning a date night or a small getaway or a get-together with your friends. Doing something different each week or doing small things differently each day can really help to de-stress your mind and stimulate you.

Your wellbeing is crucial

Working mothers tend to be the kind of people who care for everyone else and often forget to care for themselves. Take time to think about your schedule and your routine and what you can do differently to help yourself.

These are just a few ideas to get you started and get you thinking about how you can change things up, give yourself a little help, or take advantage of your free moments as they come.

If you’re making these kinds of small changes and doing these sorts of activities, you won’t feel as overwhelmed by all that you have to do. You may still have a lot of those same responsibilities as working mothers, but the pressure of them might not be quite so crushing, and you may feel more empowered to handle them.

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