Dear moms, here’s how to strike a work-life balance

Work life balance can become a struggle for mothers while managing a child, a family and a career. Here are 5 ways to care for yourself too!
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Mothers must take out 'me' time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Ritambhara Bhalla Published: 21 May 2022, 19:34 pm IST
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A woman’s journey to motherhood is believed to be the most blissful event for her. It certainly changes her life, and the pregnancy and childbirth journey evoke the deepest love, tenderness and patience in her heart. It’s the time in her life which reinforces the strength that she is capable of. In terms of emotions, it’s a mixed bag. While there is happiness and fulfillment, there is lots of anxiety and emotional stress too. And when it comes to working moms, they often end up wondering how to strike the work-life balance.

Different sides of motherhood

Some mothers are certainly quite possessive and overwhelmed once they embrace motherhood, while others are calm and composed while understanding every situation. But that usually happens with females who have experienced enough to be uncomplaining. Most new mothers try to be a ‘superwoman’, and it can impact their mental health.

New moms face multiple struggles – be it physically or emotionally. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

In the journey of becoming mothers and in the quest to achieve perfection, most women end up stretching their limits. In general, women are more committed professionals and want to attain perfection in their work, but also wish to remain doting mothers and wives. While they aim to brush shoulders with men around them, but they are judged at both fronts, at home as well as at the workplace.

How well a woman has been able to strike a balance between home, work, relationships and her own self is laid as the benchmark for her success. In an attempt to match with the set goals, most women tend to lose perspective to their happiness, peace and harmony.

In Indian society specifically, the mindset is that family comes first and the mother is the pivot of every family. If she is unwell, the entire household is shaken. Most often than not, females and specifically, new mothers don’t realize how important her health is and get their bodies overworked. So, all mothers need to be aware of their health issues before it is too late. It would not be wrong to say that only a healthy body can harbor a happy mind, and only a positive mind will be able to bring out the best in you, both as a mother and a professional. Hence, once the priorities are set, half the battle is won for mothers.

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No matter how tough it may seem, try to strike the right work-life balance. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Tips for mothers maintain a healthy work-life balance

1. Diet

The daily diet should be as healthy as possible. Avoid junk food and keep fruits as an integral component. Fixing time for the meals and eating dinner early is a good habit and this discipline will help you find a work life balance.

2. Find me time

Find some time for yourself. Just be with yourself for 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week. It is best to use that time in exercising and meditating. If not, just follow what your heart says.

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Keep stress at bay by taking some time out for yourself. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Pursue a hobby

Develop a hobby or a passion again, something that has been put in the backseat since you’ve become a mother.

4. Exercise

Exercise not to just lose weight but to remain fit. It helps to release happy hormones and brings out positivity. This way, you will be able to keep the stress of work life balance away.

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Exercise is non-negotiable. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Be realistic

Set up only realistic targets for yourself and your kids. Learn not to overpower them with your aspirations and dreams, and take things in the stride.

Nonetheless, life is not meant to be perfect and beauty also lies in imperfection. It’s the mess that brings out happiness in our life sometimes. So, all mothers should remember that.

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Dr Ritambhara Bhalla Senior Consultant - Gynecologist and Obstetrician, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chandigarh ...Read More

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