With female breadwinners and working moms on the rise finding work life balance is not only a challenge, it is an uphill battle for many. All moms want to do their best to provide for their children, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done; Between work, school, homework, cooking, cleaning, doctor’s appointments, and after school activities there is a barely enough time to squeeze in a hot shower.
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No matter how many to do lists you write and how organized you are—there is always something that is left undone. And with every unfinished task there is mounting pressure to live up to this unseen standard of perfection. A recent study by the Huffington Post, revealed that 8 out of 10 mothers reported that creating work life balance would help them get more done and alleviate stress.
The truth is that work life balance is not about getting more done, especially not for moms. For working women with children the focus should be on creating balance by honoring the needs of the woman behind the mother.
Somehow, we forget that we were women before we were mothers. And that the better we take care of ourselves the more we will be able to give to our children and everyone around us. There is no rule that says that you must totally ignore yourself and your needs once you become a mother.
So, how do you accomplish this when there are real life demands that require your time and attention?
- Focus on PROGRESS, not perfection: There are no perfect mothers. In fact, perfection is an illusion that will have you chasing something that isn’t real. At every stage of motherhood there will be challenges. Embracing those challenges by striving for progress, not perfection is a great way to relieve stress.
- Do What You Can, When You Can: Recognize that creating work-life balance does not mean that everything will get an even amount of your time. It means that sometimes the dishes will be left undone and the clothes will be washed, but not folded. And that is okay.
- Honor Your Needs: Motherhood can be consuming at times, which leaves little time to focus on you. However, it is critical that you take care of yourself. Failing to do so, will leave you stressed and burned out. For some of you this may mean figuring out what those needs are and that’s quite alright. I suggest you start with 5 minutes per day doing something you enjoy such as reading a book, taking a long hot shower, or going for a walk.
This realistic approach to work life balance is great for working moms who want to pursue their careers and be awesome mothers without guilt, shame, and stress.
Written By: Ms. Free
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