As a busy mother, there are always things to do and no enough time. You know, from clingy toddlers, picking kids from school to preparing meals, and holding video meetings for your stay at home business. How do you get quality sleep when juggling such crazing schedules? Well, it is no secret. Even a super mom needs regular quality sleep. Otherwise, you risk getting a burnout that can lead to an emotional breakdown. Then, what are your secrets to getting a work and home life balance that has room for ample rest?
Here are 15 quick tips:
1. Stay Organized
Yes, you can achieve some me-time and enjoy your favorite self-care activities if you are organized. It’s the only way to put sanity in a packed day. Then, decide beforehand what you consider as priorities. Things like going for your early morning jog, creating a one-on-one quality bonding time with kids, and going through your business goals for the day. Then, identify those less demanding tasks that you can delegate. Such duties include minor repairs around the home, gardening, and pet cleaning.
2. Keep Time
As you organize your day, plan to work with a timetable or calendar. It will help you know what jobs are more demanding and which ones you can do on your way to another task. Time consciousness also applies when it comes to sleeping time.
Never carry your unfinished work to your bed. Switch off the lights when you sleep. Or do a guided meditation for deep, quality sleep.
3. Know Your Limits
As busy moms, we tend to overdo our duties to express our affection to the ones we love. In the process, we neglect our needs. When things do not work out as we expect, we tend to shift the blame to ourselves. This cycle is not healthy for a fast-paced lifestyle. Know when to say no. Yes, it is okay to acknowledge your limits. After all, we are but humans.
4. Set Clear Boundaries
How do you keep boundaries between your work and social life? It gets complicated when you have to work from home or around your family. Then, know what you value the most and strive to protect it. Minimize your time on social media. Instead, determine the number of hours you want to be working each week. If need be, get to your home office and close the door behind you. Let your colleagues know that they can only contact you within some specific times. Finally, not everyone will take your boundaries well. Then, explain your intentions to those you will affect first.
Now, setting boundaries is about deciding what to accept and ignore when working or doing house duties. But, compartmentalizing is about having a mindset that focuses on what you are doing. You force your mind to exclude any other thoughts that are not related to what you are executing at the time. For example, as you sit down to help your kids with homework, do not allow your mind to deviate from other tasks awaiting you. And, should this happen, remind yourself to concentrate on the homework, even if it is for the next half an hour.
6. Empower Your Kids
Next, are your kids old enough to help with routine chores? If so, assign and rotate cleaning, gardening, and babysitting tasks to them. Try and make it fun so that they can enjoy helping out.
Plus, throw in some rewards for chores completed in the shortest time, with the least wastage, and beyond your expectations.
7. Communication is Vital
As you make your home and work schedules, know how to communicate them effectively to the persons involved. Hence, if you plan to have lunch out, let your family know so that they can make plans to be available. Likewise, if you expect to finish on the team project in a week, your team members should work within this set deadline.
8. Make Use of Smart Technology
Now, with the likes of Alexa-enabled home appliances, you can take advantage of your gadgets’ digital capabilities to multitask. For example, opt for cookers with digital timers and notifications. That way, you can use your smartphone away from home to monitor your food and come home to sizzling hot ready to be served. The same case applies to Amazon Echo for multitasking, SmartRope Rookie for fitness, and Ring Video Doorbell for shopping.
9. Invest in Self-Care
When juggling work and home life, we should guard our physical, mental, and emotional health. And, a busy mom may never see the logic for sparing some time for self-care. That is until we encounter a massive breakdown. Then, start your day with meditation and some exercise to get your metabolism running. Next, keep a journal that helps you express your conquests, challenges, and aspirations.
Once in a while, plan to pamper yourself. It can be something as simple as a homemade facial routine. Find time to socialize beyond the home or work confinement. And practice your hobby.
10. Work with Your Spouse
Remember, your spouse is your immediate helper. Then, take this chance to work with your spouse to achieve a life-work balance. For example, when you need to concentrate on a work deadline, your spouse can be out on a picnic with the kids. Likewise, take turns in feeding the baby at night. It will give you a chance to enjoy quality sleep with a baby in the house.
11. Childcare Helps
A busy mom must find a reliable child care facility as soon as possible. For, you need some time to rest and re-energize away from your kids. Then, start searching for a daycare facility near you. Then, begin interviewing nannies as you look for one who can fit in well in your family. Once you identify a nanny with the attributes you want, start working with her on a part-time basis.
12. Maintain a Bedtime Routine
At the end of an exhausting day, it is tempting to grab a snack and jump into bed. Then, you end up lying awake for a while, replaying the scenes of the day. But, if you want to experience deep, quality sleep, have a regular bedtime routine.
It can be a ten-minute session reading a book, meditating, or relaxing in a scented bedroom. These short moments will relax your mind in readiness for bed.
13. Turn off Your Phone and Devices
We live in a time when social media features in all facets of your lives. It can easily rob you of some quality time with your family and spouse. Then, know when to keep your phone, tablets, and other electronic devices off. In particular, never carry your phone to your bed. Put it in a silent mode until when you plan to wake up.
14. Create The Ideal Bedroom Ambiance
A long day juggling family and work duties can leave you drained. Then, your bedroom should feel inviting and soothing. But, when was the last time you de-cluttered your bedroom? Get rid of things you no longer use to create room for ample ventilation. Also, incorporate dim lights with a timer to get you to a sleeping mood faster. Finally, invest in an ergonomic bed, mattress, and pillow for your comfort.
15. Find Coping Mechanisms
Finally, as busy moms, you may tend to snack many times during the day instead of having a hearty meal. Or, you could be bingeing on food, alcohol, or cigarettes when under a lot of pressure. Such habits are harmful to your health. Then, find a support group or a way to rest when the going gets too hard. For example, you can join a social forum for other busy moms facing similar challenges.
It is possible to manage crazy work schedules while looking after the wellbeing of your family. Once you achieve the balance, the experience can be quite fulfilling. Use the above tips to get you in the right direction. Then, go at your pace. Only you understand what you can and cannot accomplish.