We know as working moms how important work-life balance is. It requires a combination of physical, mental and spiritual well being. If you're physically healthy you have the stamina and drive to keep going everyday. If you're mental state is healthy you can become resilient in the face of adversity. If you are spiritually grounded, you know that all things are possible because of a higher power working in your favor. In order to achieve balance in these areas we need the right tools. Here are the 6 things working moms need in their toolbox to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual balance.
The word NO- No is a complete sentence. It is a word that is often hard for us to use. We want to please everyone and not hurt anyone’s feelings even if it means we may have to take on more than we can handle. Learning to say no provides boundaries and reduces overwhelm and burnout.
Me time- Not taking time to recharge can easily lead to burnout. Prioritizing me-time is important and should be planned regularly. Decide what your me-time looks like and then put it in your schedule.
Your BFF- You bet, your best friend is someone who you can call in the middle of the night when things get tough and they will always answer your calls. They will listen without criticism and provide a shoulder to cry on. Your BFF is the person that really knows you and will offer advice in your best interest.
Affirmations- Positive words can improve your mood, increase your self-confidence, and help to get you through a tough day. Write down some positive words or statements and put them in places that you can easily see and get to when needed. You may want to pick your favorite statement, frame it and put it in your office.
Exercise apps-With our busy schedule, it’s hard to find time to exercise. We know how important it is and all the physical and mental health benefits of exercising. There are some great apps that allow you to exercise in the comfort of your home and take 10 minutes to complete. Some examples are Seven, 7 Minute Workout and Sworkit. Just think, 3 repetitions throughout the day of a 10 minute workout and you get in 30 minutes of physical activity.
Journal- I love keeping a gratitude journal. It’s a great way to continuously remind us of all that we should be thankful for. Practicing gratitude lowers stress, improves sleep, and boosts your mood. You can journal with pen and journal book or if you are a techie you can download a gratitude app like Gratitude Journal-the life-changing app or HappyFeed.
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