Life is busy, and many mothers must juggle work, raising children, household duties, and more. To help you achieve a proper work-life balance, here are some helpful tips.
Only Work During Your Scheduled Hours
Start by only working your scheduled hours. Do not stay late and put in volunteer hours. In the state of California, overtime pay is required after eight hours and a 40 workweek. Many employers take advantage of this, even with part-time jobs. Try to be productive if your job is part-time or full-time. Do not take long breaks, talk to others for long periods of time, interrupt others, and waste time. Strive to get the job done in an efficient manner and leave at your scheduled time.
When there is a problem, a discussion with your boss or supervisor might clear the air. Do your most important tasks; use technology to accomplish work, too. Leave the social media for later when you go home. Always do your best and tackle menial jobs with some enthusiasm. Even the most creative work has menial tasks that need to be completed. Take short breaks, walk around for a few seconds, and take walks on your lunch break if you can.
Exercise As a Family
If you have a family with children, you should try to exercise regularly. Try to find an exercise that everyone enjoys. Walking or hiking in parks or nature centers is a great way to spend a few hours with the family. You can pack a lunch and take a walk or hike at the same time. Biking alone or with the family is another way to get out in nature. There are many safe bike trails that you can ride on without too much traffic. Playing a sport the whole family likes, like volleyball, soccer, softball, bocce, or basketball, is another way to exercise together. Find something that you and your family can do in the colder months to keep moving even indoors.
Find a Fun Activity Your Family Can Try Together
Try some fun activities with your family that you can do in the warm weather and winter. Try learning to play some board games, or learn to play cards. They are activities you can do all year long. Watch some movies together or TV shows and make it a family night with popcorn and other snacks. Grow a garden in the warm weather or care for potted plants inside the house. Prepare some meals as a family and share the responsibility. These activities contribute to healthy living.
Try to find some activities you can do in the warm weather and winter that are active. Buy a membership at a gym or pool so the family can exercise together. Try bowling, ice skating, square dancing, or other group activities. Archery is one of the safest sports to practice when it is taught by professionals, and it is even taught in some schools. They have archery parks and ranges for practicing. Perhaps archery is a family activity for you. In 2020, the Archery Trade Association had 17.6 million recreational archers!
Take Time For Self Care
Self-care means getting enough sleep every night, eating healthy meals, and taking time to exercise. Do not overload yourself with activities you do not enjoy. Learn to say no to others when necessary. Self-care is important to stay healthy. Overextending yourself can lead to anger, anxiety, and burnout. Learning to cook meals at home is a good hobby and a way to connect with others. Buy books or get them from the library to read. Learn to relax by meditation, yoga, or an exercise routine.
Talk About Your Work and School Days At the Dinner Table Every Evening
No matter what your job, talk about your day at work, at home, and let the kids talk about their day at school. Whether you work in manufacturing, which accounts for 8.5% of the workforce in the United States, the food industry, the automotive industry, education, or the medical industry, everyone can learn something new and interesting. Discuss problems and solutions at the dinner table some evenings, too.
Overall, a balance between work and self-care is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Try some of these suggestions to achieve a better balance so you can enjoy both time at work and at home with your family.