5 Key Principles To Help You Juggle Being A Working Mum

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5 Key Principles To Help You Juggle Being A Working Mum

It’s Saturday morning around 7:30, another day of me having to juggle being a working mum. The little one walks in the room armed with his bears and blanket.

I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth getting ready to head out the door for work. Even though he’s is only 2 he knows the routine and is fully aware that I’m heading out to work for the day.

As a working mum we are often found juggling many hats sometimes too many to count. In addition, the demands of our careers can easily spill over into our family life.

How do we as working mums maintain balance and sanity? How do we juggle being a working mum?

I live by 5 key principles that keep me going as a wife, mum and professional.

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5 Key Principles To Help You Juggle Being A Working Mum

1. Pray

Before you even get your day started…pray. Take some time to gather your thoughts, ask for guidance and get recharged for the tasks that lie ahead.

It doesn’t have to be long and it can even be as simple as ” Lord help me.” Just a few quiet moments alone in reflection pays dividends in the end.

2. Build Your Supporting Cast

We all need each other. I love the quote “no man is an island.” Stop trying to do it all!!! It is OK to ask for and accept help.

I learned this lesson very quickly when my family of three turned into five when the twins were born. Not sure of who is in your supporting cast? It can be family members, friends, co-workers, church members and/or a support group.

For me an unexpected supporting cast would be the women’s basketball team and staff. (I took my son to work). He loves hanging out at the gym with his mum and the team.

The players and staff have welcomed him from the day he was born which makes it easy for me to integrate him into my work world. Take stock of who you can lean on for support and allow them to become part of your supporting cast.

3. Be Kind To Yourself

It is so easy to criticise, analyse and compare everything that we do as mums to other mums. STOP THE MADNESS!!!!! Let me tell you a secret…you are not perfect and you never will be and that’s OK. The laundry needs to be done, toys are strewn all over the house, dinner is late getting to the table and you have unread emails to answer.

Pause. Tackle each item in order of importance and if you can put one on the back burner until you are able to get it done.

Do something special for yourself. It can be as simple as stepping outside for 5 minutes. I have to get outside daily and the amount of time isn’t important. I just need the sun to kiss my face and to clear my lungs with fresh air.

As a mum taking time for yourself is being kind to yourself. We need to be healthy mind, body and spirit to ensure that we are healthy for our families. Find your refreshing zone and breathe.

4. Get Organised

I believe the key to organisation is to start small then work your way up to bigger tasks. The small things make the big things happen. For example instead of cleaning the entire house break it down by room type, level and/or task such as vacuuming and dusting.

For me I clean downstairs on Friday and upstairs on Saturday. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your house doesn’t NEED to be cleaned in a day.

A big concern for me as a working mum is “I’m hungry mama.” This method of prepping and preparing meals has proven effective for our household. Prior to making a grocery list (a must) I plan my meals for the week.

Each week is the same format but the meals are varied. My family knows that we will have a pasta meal, crock-pot meal or new recipe and a traditional Sunday dinner (usually chicken something). Just a tiny bit of planning will go a long way and allow more time with your family and maybe a bit of extra time for yourself.

5. Laugh Often

As a mum a three children being under three with two of them being six week old twins I find that laughter is immensely important. Finding the humour in the twins’ crazy sleep “schedule” or the fact that my three year old cannot stand being wet is what keeps me from stressing over small matters.

Life happens and with it you sometimes have to laugh. If you haven’t laughed today I challenge you to find something funny and laugh from your gut, snort it will only make it funnier. Laughter is medicine for the soul and a healing balm for the mind.

All mums work whether it is inside or outside the home. Your work is important in both places but your value is in who you are not what you do!

Remember to laugh and know that we see you.

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Edited By Mummy It’s OK

 

Hi! I’m Julie. I write about all things related to mum life. I’m also a postpartum depression survivor. I love helping mum start their mum blog journey and I have step-by-step guides to help!

1 Comment

  1. citygirlrell
    December 11, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Even though I don’t have any children these are all great tips to follow to keep sane and have great self care.

    Definitely needed this 🙂

    Foirell | http://www.ctiygirlrell.com

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