In today’s world, women have more opportunity than ever in the workforce. While decades ago it was rare for a woman with young children to work, today it is actually quite common. Despite this, there are still several issues and problems that working moms encounter. Commitments at home and at work can lead to high levels of stress or cause you to become overcommitted, which could potentially cause you to burn out. Luckily, there are several things you can do to help counter some of these issues.
One of the major issues facing working moms is time management. Most mothers strive to maintain high standards for childcare, and often feel much more comfortable doing it themselves as opposed to hiring someone. Moms in the workforce, however, may find that they have too many commitments at work to be able to take care of their children at the same time. Trying to do both can be impossible at times, even if you have excellent time management skills. If, somehow, you are able to balance both, it is likely that you are not setting aside any time for you or your spouse. This can cause problems in your relationship and also cause you to burn out.
Another issue working moms encounter is high stress levels. This is especially the case if you have young children at home. Young children need a lot of attention and care. It can be difficult to provide them with this, however, if you are working 40 hours a week. This is especially the case if you are trying to earn a promotion at work or just received a new position and are trying to show that you earned it. This can lead to a significant amount of stress, which can cause health and mental problems.
Lastly, working moms often feel extremely overwhelmed. In one study, a mom typically spends double the amount of time she spends at work at home on cleaning, childcare, and chores. If a mom works 40 hours a week, for example, that means she is spending another 80 hours essentially working at home. This can easily cause you to feel extremely overwhelmed, as it leaves barely enough time for sleep, yet alone personal time for just you or for you and your spouse. Even if you have excellent time management skills, it is incredibly difficult to fit everything into one day, which leads to high levels of stress.
Luckily, there are several solutions that can help you manage some of this stress. The first thing you need to do is plan. If you are working a full-time job, it may be a good idea to have your children enrol in daycare, or have another family member (such as a parent) come and take care of them. If you can afford it, you may want to hire a nanny or cleaner, which can help take some of the household responsibility off of you. If you are dead set on raising your children yourself, however, it may be a good idea to cut back on work, especially if your partner is working a full-time job. Having a solid plan in place will go a long way in helping manage your time effectively.
It is also important to exercise. This includes maintaining a healthy diet. High stress levels and the feeling of being overwhelmed can cause you to eat poorly and stop taking care of yourself. Going to the gym even 3 times a week and eating healthy can go a long way in ensuring you feel great every day.
Lastly, you may need to refocus. If you notice that you and your partner barely talk during the week because you are so busy, try to schedule a time every night, even if it’s only half an hour, to sit down, relax, and talk about your days. This can go a long way in maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner, which will in turn help lower your stress levels.