Some of the key themes emerging from this article include:
1. Create a work-life balance
According to Maria Evans, remove the expectation that ‘balance’ is attainable. Instead, focus on work-life ‘integration.’ To do so, set a schedule for yourself and your kids, and declare an end to your workday. Predictability and routine creates calm in our nervous systems.
Don’t forget to schedule in time for self-care, too!
2. Take time for yourself
Designate 10-minute breaks in your day where you mindfully take time for yourself, suggests Evans. This could be a walk outside in the sun, a quick meditation, or mindfully sipping on that warm cup of joe. Importantly, make sure you mute your phone or email notifications – this time is for you!
3. When you begin to feel burnout, manage it
Graber insists on setting boundaries between your work, children, schooling, and self-care. If these boundaries become blurry, take a moment to notice why this has happened, and consciously reinforce them.
4. Address feelings of guilt
You may be feeling guilty that you are not sufficiently available for your kids because of the many responsibilities that you may be juggling. To overcome this, Evans and Graber emphasise the importance of quality time. Schedule in a couple of minutes of mindful, quality time with your child. Stay present and focus on connecting with them in whatever way they choose. The amount of time you spend together is far less important than how you spend it.
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