How to stay healthy while working
Tips and tricks for working parents
Working parents are expected to do it all. From being the primary caretaker of your child to working a full-time job, you have no time for yourself. But what happens when you’re constantly exhausted and unhealthy from neglecting your personal needs? Working with limited time for yourself can be detrimental to both your health and your family. Fortunately, there are ways to stay healthy while working and maintain a balanced lifestyle as a parent. Read on to know more!
Have a work-life balance
Too much of anything is bad. However, too much of nothing is nothing. This is especially true when you are juggling work and parenting. It’s easy to get caught up in the “have to” aspects of working and parenting that you forget to take time for yourself.
It’s important to create a schedule in life that allows you to take time for yourself while still maintaining a regular schedule of the things you “have to” do. You don’t have to completely change your schedule or completely remove work from your life. Instead, simply find ways to incorporate some kind of “me” time into your schedule, like taking a bubble bath or relaxing with a good book. Find activities that allow you to be alone with your thoughts and allow you to recharge. This will help you to avoid burnout and maintain a balanced lifestyle.
To ensure you don’t forget about yourself and take too much time for yourself, create a “me” reminder on your phone. This way, you will always have something reminding you to take care of yourself.
Plan your day
Having a plan for your day can help you to stay organised and prioritise your tasks. It can also help to keep you on track when you’re trying to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. You can create a daily plan for yourself by breaking your day down into sections such as eating, sleeping, work, and so on. It can also help to write down any tasks that may have previously been forgotten about or that you may have delegated to your assistant, colleague, partner, or another family member.
Planning your day is especially helpful when you have a lot of responsibilities that can’t easily be delegated. For example, if you have a work-related trip that will take up a significant portion of your day, planning ahead can be extremely helpful. You can also use planning as a way to stay organised during a hectic day. For example, if you know that you’re going to be running from meeting to meeting without a lot of time to prepare, planning ahead can help you to stay on track as you can have lunch prepared or pre-ordered.
Parenthood often comes with a great deal of stress and uncertainty. The best way to cope is to be physically and mentally healthy. This can be accomplished by eating well and exercising regularly, taking time for yourself, and having a support system. It is also important to plan your day, plan ahead to cover the little things (like charging your phone), and use your breaks wisely in order to stay on track with your work and social life.
Hope these tips and tricks for working parents have given you some thoughts on how to change your lifestyle. But also the confidence that what you are facing is nothing new. Many others out there feel the same and you are very much capable of being an amazing parent with a successful career and a healthy lifestyle. Start small and build up!