Struggled with work and life balance (And how to build confidence from within)?
Do you have days where you feel as though you’re being stretched in too many directions? Creating a harmonious work life balance is critical, though, to improve not only our physical, emotional and mental well-being, but it’s also important for our career.
You may feel like on some days you’re spending most of your time running on an empty tank.
We heard many moms share the feelings of overwhelm and stress from trying to split time between work and family.
It is 100% possible to have a flourishing career and family simultaneously (while also feeling like your own best self as well!).
Below are five ways to help you rediscover your confidence —and how to balance career, family life and self-care.
1. HONOR YOUR DECISION
If your career matters to you, this is one of your values which is a beautiful thing to honor and feel empowered by.
Studies by Harvard Business School gave some relief to working moms that there are long-term benefits for your children.
Women whose mothers work outside the home are more likely to have jobs themselves, hold supervisory responsibility at those jobs, and earn higher wages.
Men raised by working mothers are more likely to contribute to household chores and spend more time caring for family members.
When children see both parents work hard at home and then head to the office to provide for the family, they learn that nothing comes easy.
A working mother’s daily commitment and shouldering of workplace responsibilities instill a strong work ethic in your children.
When you bake bread with your kids or do the household chores together, it is a good time to raise more empathetic and caring kids.
2. BE PRESENT – BETTER WAY of WORK LIFE BALANCE
When you’re at home, be at home. Put your phone down and spend some time playing with your kids on the floor or have a high-tea with your girlfriends.
Plan some family-friendly workout or sit down for a family meal.
Not only will your kids be happier, you’ll be happier as well because you know you’re making the most of the time you DO have with your family by being fully present.
3. FILL YOUR OWN CUP FIRST
Make your “me-time” non-negotiable. We have to prioritize self-care before taking care of our loved ones.
We can’t keep giving, let alone have the brain power it takes to balance a full life when we’re empty ourselves. Just like a car won’t run on empty, neither will our bodies.
You can try to make a conscious effort to do something for yourself every day – even if it’s just a short yoga session or a 20 minutes home spa before bed.
Your days are so much happier (which means your kids and husband are too)!