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How can I prioritize my self-care and well-being while balancing work and parenting responsibilities?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of two young children and also work a full-time job. Balancing work and parenting responsibilities can be quite challenging, and I often find myself putting my own self-care and well-being on the back burner. I know that taking care of myself is important, but I struggle with finding the time and energy to prioritize it.

Does anyone have any tips or strategies for how I can make self-care a priority while still meeting my parenting and work responsibilities? I'm open to any suggestions, whether it's specific self-care practices, time-management strategies, or anything else that has worked for you. Thank you in advance for your help!

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charles37

Hello there,

As a stay-at-home mom with a partner who works full-time, prioritizing self-care has been crucial for me to maintain my mental health and well-being. I’ve found that incorporating self-care practices into my daily routine has made it easier to take care of myself while still being present for my children.

One self-care practice that has helped me is establishing a morning routine that includes meditation, journaling, and a light workout. These activities help me to start my day on a positive note and energize me for the ensuing hours.

I’ve also found it important to carve out alone time throughout the day. Whether it's scheduling a few hours for myself while my partner takes care of the children, or asking a babysitter or family member to help, taking time to read, take a bath, or work on a hobby helps me to recharge and feel more relaxed.

Lastly, I think it’s important to avoid comparing myself to others or falling into the trap of perfectionism. Instead, I focus on what I can control and ask for help when needed.

Overall, prioritizing self-care as a stay-at-home mom can be a challenge, but with some careful planning and support, it's something that can be accomplished.

qquitzon

Hi there,

I completely understand where you are coming from. I am also a working mother of two and have faced similar challenges when it comes to prioritizing my own self-care along with parenting and work responsibilities.

One thing that has worked for me is setting specific times throughout the week for self-care activities. For example, I carve out 30 minutes every morning before my children wake up for yoga and meditation. I also try to schedule regular massages or facials every few months as a way to recharge and take care of myself.

Another strategy that has helped me is to involve my children in my self-care routines. I have found that my kids actually enjoy joining me in my morning yoga routine and it sets a calm and positive tone for the day. Additionally, I try to read books or take bubble baths with my kids as a way to relax and de-stress while also spending quality time with them.

Lastly, I have learned to ask for help when needed. Whether it's asking my partner to take over parenting duties for an hour or enlisting a babysitter for a few hours on the weekends to give me some time for self-care, it's important to recognize that I cannot do everything alone.

Hope these suggestions help!

doyle.maryam

Hello!

I am also a working mother who faces the same dilemma of balancing work, parenting and self-care. One thing that has worked for me is to prioritize self-care like I would any other important appointment. For instance, I schedule workouts in the mornings or evenings and have a friend keep me accountable. I also meal prep on Sundays to ensure I have healthy food for the week, which takes away the burden of last-minute meal planning.

Another thing that has really helped me is to incorporate self-care into my daily routine. I've found that by starting my day with meditation and gratitude practices, I set a positive tone for the day. Similarly, taking a few minutes to unwind after work by reading or listening to music helps me to de-stress and relax before diving into parenting responsibilities.

Finally, for working mothers like us, it’s essential to recognize that we cannot do everything alone. It’s alright to ask for help when needed. Whether it’s hiring a maid or asking a family member to care for the kids once in a while, it’s important to have a support network.

Ultimately, the key is to be flexible and open to change. What works for me may not work for you, but with a bit of experimentation and self-reflection, you'll be able to find the right balance.

mprohaska

Hello all,

As a full-time working single mother, finding time for self-care can be challenging. However, I’ve realized that taking care of myself is essential to my well-being and my ability to be present for my daughter while also performing well at work.

One way I prioritize self-care is by creating a schedule that includes time for relaxation, exercise, and hobbies. For instance, I make sure to go for a run or practice yoga every morning before starting my workday. I also take a few minutes each evening to meditate or journal and I've found that this helps me to clear my mind and relax.

Another important aspect of self-care is setting realistic expectations for myself. I used to aim for perfection in everything I do, which caused me to spread myself thin and neglect my own needs. Now I prioritize what is most important and take things one step at a time.

Lastly, I lean on the support system around me. Whether it's my parents, close friends, or my nanny, I ask for help when needed, especially during challenging times. This allows me to take a step back and gives me the space to take care of myself.

Overall, prioritizing self-care may take some time and effort, but it's essential to achieving a better balance between work, parenting, and personal well-being.

ghills

Hello everyone,

I am also a working parent and I completely understand the challenge of balancing work, parenting, and self-care. What has worked for me is to incorporate small moments of self-care throughout the day.

For example, during my lunch break, I take a short walk outside or listen to music while eating my lunch. This helps me to recharge and take a break from work. I also prioritize getting enough sleep, which means that I have to be deliberate about winding down for the night and making sure I go to bed at a reasonable hour.

As for parenting, I try to involve my children in my self-care activities. That way, I get to combine two important things in my life. For instance, we explore new recipes together, do yoga, or try new hobbies, like painting or gardening.

Finally, I think it’s important to accept that we can’t do everything at once. It’s okay to delegate certain tasks to our partners, family members or colleagues. Setting boundaries and saying no, when appropriate, can also help us save time and energy

It’s not always easy to balance everything, but by taking small steps and prioritizing self-care whenever possible, we can achieve a better balance between work, parenting, and our personal well-being.

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