3 Tips to Help You Balance Work and Family Better!

10/29/2012

Food-journal
The year may feel like it’s flying by, and there’s one thing you can count on: You won't stop being busy! Now, busyness isn’t a bad thing, however, when you re-adjust your schedule (again) and skip a month (or two) of regular workouts, you can feel out of balance. Between carpools, after-school activities, and endless paperwork, it’s no wonder that you may want to curl up in bed and pull the covers over your head. Confession: I’ve done it recently.

Here’s the deal: As your kids' activities increase, it can be easy for you to cut out things on your schedule due to lack of time or just plain fatigue. However, the best thing you can do as a woman, mom, or caregiver is to prioritize your health and make sure that you’re in the best shape possible on a consistent basis. Here are three tips to help you balance it all and take care of yourself too!

Tip #1: Make your health and fitness a priority. It’s important that you remain vigilant about your self-care since this is the area that’s the first to go when things get crazy. Self-care includes, regular check-ups, exercise, healthy eating, and stress management. Some practical ways to kick things into gear include, working out early in the morning, asking your employer to offer wellness activities, tossing out junk food, and stretching daily.

Tip #2: Review and discuss the family schedule weekly. Staying on top of your family schedule is a sure-fire way to prevent burnout and maintain balance at home. Sunday night is a great night to discuss upcoming work, school and extracurricular activities. Make sure you have at least one to two days that are either unscheduled or scheduled for part of the day. Consider creative ways to get things done, like sharing the shopping load with your spouse, using a service like Peapod, or enlisting another mother’s helper. This area can be especially challenging if you have kids in multiple activities. You may need to say "no" more often. Be strong!

Tip #3: Take advantage of your workday to get things done. There are creative ways to be productive and have some needed downtime. Take breaks every hour and go for a short walk. Instead of eating out for lunch, bring your lunch, eat half of it, go for a walk, and finish the remaining food after your walk. Take a half hour before you pick up the kids and read a chapter of your favorite book or enjoy a cup of tea. If you have kids at home, make sure you use their naptimes and other unexpected breaks to carve out you time.

Once you rein in your family schedule, you’ll feel better, more balanced, and your family will reap the benefits too!

Read more of my tips on taking better care of yourself today!

What balance challenges do you have? Share your story!

More on Fitness:

How to Maintain a Workout Schedule

10 Fitness Facts Women Should Know

How to Begin Walking for Fitness

 


As a 4-time mom, I understand the many demands and challenges that come with raising a family and trying to get or stay fit. I've developed programs for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-pregnancy as well as preparing for and recovering from challenges like medical procedures.
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