Do you struggle as a busy working mom? It may seem hard to maintain balance and keep health a priority.
According to the Pew Research Center, mothers are spending more time in the labor force, as compared to prior generations, and many of them report feeling a lot of pressure to find an appropriate balance between their roles as a professional and a parent (2019).
This study summary, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, honed in on psychological factors related to working mothers. The researchers concluded that the mother’s sense of well-being dropped when feelings of inadequacy, pressures, or less social connectedness were present (2017).
Some of these feelings could easily arise when a sense of balance is challenged and schedules feel hectic or erratic. Furthermore, this could lead to overwhelm and be emotional taxing which can increase adverse stress levels. Also, it could inadvertently put positive self-care and health on the back-burner.
Three ways to bring about a little calm to the chaos and, therefore, recenter focus on balance and good health could include the following;
Establish an iterative routine – Routines can help to keep various facets on the priority list. They are great when they are realistic. However, chances are pretty high that, as a busy working mom, there will be the need to incorporate a little flexibility. Therefore, planning various buffer time or blocking off a few extra time slots in the calendar can help to plan for unexpected interruptions.
Create a personal wellness zone – This is a tactic used in workplace wellness and some may be the lucky ones with access to these companies that provide wellness zones. However, others may be working from home or amid of work-related travel. Therefore, a little creativity to set up a tailored wellness zone may be necessary. This could include designating a place for meditation, finding a quiet area for napping, or structuring a space for a workout.
Leave time to wind down – Sleep is one of the most significant factors in human health. Yet, it can be easily disrupted as a person’s anxiety levels increase. Similar to elevated and adverse stress levels, inadequate sleep can wreak havoc on the human body and lead to feeling pretty crumby. Also, depending on the age of children, there may be uncontrollable disruptions. Emphasizing good quality sleep when possible can be well-worth the priority. Finding ways to wind down can help ensure that sleep and times of rest are both adequate and more relevant in quality.
Other tips and tricks to find greater balance and boost health include the following:
- Prioritize family communication
- Carefully delegate tasks and to do’s
- Spend time in nature
- Leave time for creative thought
- Use a journal
- Incorporate mindfulness approaches
Finally, this Thrive Global article, 21 Productivity Hacks for Working Moms, provided a pretty fantastic list of suggestions to help simplify while also getting a lot of things done.
Sense of accomplishment from and contributions made to work can be significant intrinsic motivators as well. Finding a good balance between this role and other responsibilities, such as that of a parent, can be supportive of good overall health and well-being.
Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality. Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results. Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health. Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!
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