As a mother of two young kids and an entrepreneur, I understand the challenges of feeling overwhelmed and constantly juggling multiple responsibilities. Recently, I had a bittersweet moment when I had to fill out “All about Mommy” for my son's prenursery assignment. One section asked about hobbies, and it made me realise that my life revolves around my kids and work, leaving little time for personal interests. Can you relate to this? In this blog post, we'll explore practical self-care tips tailored specifically for busy parents like us.
Making Self-Care a Priority:
Start by intentionally scheduling self-care activities that recharge you, whether a workout session, reading time, or pursuing a hobby. To ensure commitment, you can schedule non-cancellable appointments or activities with a cancellation fee.
Permitting Yourself to Relax:
Remember to schedule downtime for yourself. It's okay to spend a couple of hours watching your favourite Netflix show or simply doing nothing. Relaxation is an essential part of work, recharging your mental and emotional batteries, ultimately making you more present and productive in the long run.
Delegating and Letting Go:
Evaluate tasks and responsibilities that can be delegated to others. For instance, consider buying food in bulk to save time and empower your spouse in the errands, e.g. buying diapers. Letting go of perfectionism and embracing help from your partner will lighten your load, creating more time and energy for self-care.
Utilising Technology for Organization:
What I find most annoying is logistics, so I use Google Calendar to share calendars with all family members, ensuring everyone is on the same page regarding schedule changes or commitments. This ensures everyone is on the same page, avoiding conflicts and miscommunications that can cause unnecessary stress.
And as the day winds down, I find solace in ending it with prayer or reflection time. This quiet moment helps me calm my mind, release any lingering stress, and find gratitude for the blessings in my life before I drift off to sleep. It's a simple practice that brings me peace and helps me recharge for another day of juggling the beautiful chaos of parenthood and entrepreneurship.
Finding Support in a Mom Tribe:
Connect with other parents who uplift and inspire you(And not moms who ask why you have not signed up two weeks before the deadline.). Having a go-to friend who offers encouragement, support, and a listening ear. Surrounding yourself with positive influences who believe in your abilities will boost your confidence and help you navigate the challenges of parenthood.
Remember, prioritising self-care is essential, not selfish. Embrace these self-care practices and be kind to yourself, knowing you're doing a fantastic job in all your roles. Don’t wake up one day and lose who you are besides being a parent. You are a remarkable person with passions, dreams, and the resilience to balance it all. Embrace self-care, find moments for yourself, and continue being the fantastic person you are. You've got this!