How Working Moms Balance Life
Ambitious working moms have plenty of reasons to be stressed, but that shouldn't stop you from achieving a Zen lifestyle. It’s not always easy to gracefully handle challenges and balance career and family. Here are a few solutions to combat the common stressors that affect your day to day.
Stressor: Major Life Decision
From weddings to career switches, you can never be fully prepared for a huge life change. Take moving as an example. It is always difficult and chaotic to move, throw your family in the mix and it's even more stressful. Kids have trouble adjusting, everyone needs to meet new people, and it can be overwhelming to decide where you want to move.
Solution: Do your Research
When making a move or any huge life-changing decisions, analyze whether it will be beneficial for both your career and your family. Consider the best places for your family, your career, and general community feel.
To take as much stress out of the move as possible, find a family-friendly apartment complex or neighborhood that fits your family’s needs. Websites like Apartment Guide provide you with all the information you need, from school quality, demographics, amenities and more. You can find the perfect place for your family and your career with a bit of research.
Stressor: Working Moms Have Competing Priorities
Competing priorities on a daily basis are a struggle for nearly everyone, but for working moms they can be especially hard to balance. Working from home provides the opportunity to spend the day with your family, but how do you decide how to split your time between work, family, errands and everything else?
Stressor: Lack of Creativity
When your mind is constantly worrying about your children, bills and the logistics of your job, it may be difficult to tap into your creativity when you need to. From marketers to musicians, most careers require some sort of creativity, so it can be stressful when the inevitable creative block hits.
Neurofeedback is a type of therapy where sensors are applied to your head to monitor brain waves, which are then shown on a computer. You are able to view how your mind is acting, which makes it easier for you to see how different exercises and ways of thinking can improve or hinder your creativity. Neurofeedback in musicians shows an increase in creativity and expression equivalent to a year of practice. A clear and open mind leads to confidence and productivity.
Being a working mom is difficult, but you do not have to sacrifice a low-stress life. By making small changes in your lifestyle, you can be sure that even the biggest hurdles will not trip you up. Learn strategies to stay relaxed, and your productivity will increase.
What keeps you stress-free?
I agree that its important to really do your research and mull over something when you are going to make a major life decision. I don’t think you should ever do that stuff on a whim
Yes, research is so important. I probably research a little too much sometimes.
My biggest stressor is prioritizing. So every morning I wake up and make a list for the day. It always makes me feel loads better!
Lists make me feel better too 🙂
This is awesome Krystle. I love that you included meditation. Stress free for me is yoga.
I would love for you to share this with the Friday link up, Living a Life of Fitness Health & Happiness. It’s perfect.
I’m gonna check out the link up 🙂
I don’t have children yet, but from your blog I see that moms are superheroes! So amazing!
That means a lot to all of us. We try 🙂
thanks for the tips. I forget but do need to take those breaks to meditate and excersize more.
You are welcome! Breaks are good. They give me time to refocus.
This is a grea read!! I had to give myself a lot of grace when I started working from home because I felt lazy or unproductive when I didn’t get everything done! I had to change the way I labeled things – I wasn’t being lazy because I didn’t do the dishes – I just had different priorities – and that is okay!! It was a big adjustment!
I’m still adjusting to having different priorities. This balancing act is hard!
Being a working mom myself, I could relate to your post. I liked all your tips especially the significance of de stressing yourself. Great post!
Thanks! I could use some destressing now 🙂