4 Tips on Self Care for a Working Mum

Balancing being a career woman and a mum can be incredibly tough and time-consuming, and often it doesn’t seem like there is any time left to focus on your own self care. However, if you don’t fit in a few spare moments within the day to address your needs and put yourself first, over time,you’ll find that you won’t be able to function at one hundred percent anymore. This will have a knock-on effect on yourability to workand run the household, not to mention having a negative impact on your physical and mental health. With that in mind, here are some simple tips for self-carewhich you can utilise, even as a working mum.

Listen to your body

When you’re running around all day, going from school runs to work to home and around again, it can be really difficult to find the time to take care of yourself properly.

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However, it is vital that you take good care of yourself as that is what will enable you to continue working at such a fast pace. Listen to your body: remember to stop and eat if you feel hungry, to find times for a moment’s peace when you feel a headache coming on, and to enjoy some fresh air if you’ve been cooped up in the home or office all day.

Remove unnecessary distractions

Sometimes it can feel like there is notime in the day for the 101 different things you need to do, but you might find that by removing certain distractions, you might free up some of your time. Do you find yourself checking Facebook at your desk, or scrolling through Instagram in the mornings? You might not notice it, but a few minutes on social media here and there can actuallyamount to taking up a lot of your time over the day. Spending too much time can also be bad for your mood and concentration levels, so consider cutting back on your technology time If you can.

 

Do something fun

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When you become a parent, your kids immediately become your priority, and it’s easy to forget that there is more to your identity than being someone’s Mum. However, it is really important for you to try and reclaim the activities which make you happyso that you don’t start to feel run down or undervalued. Every now and thendo something for yourself, whether that means grabbing some cheap London theatre tickets and heading out to a show for a few hours, or just simply taking a bath which lasts more than 10 minutes.

 

Ask for help

You can’t be wonder woman 24/7, and there are going to be days when you feel like you are struggling. In these moments, don’t shut yourself off and pretend everything’s okay; instead, ask for help. Whether you call on family members for aid, book a babysitterfor a break, or book into to see a counselloror join a support group, justremember that you don’t have to do everything alone.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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