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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?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.