In our modern chaotic world, the juggle of career, family and life has become increasingly complex, especially for mothers. We are constantly trying to do it all and be it all, but are often left feeling inadequate, burnt out and as though we're spinning endless plates. Can you relate?
This can be especially challenging for working mothers, who must balance the demands of a career with the responsibilities of motherhood and home life.
The pressure to be a perfect mother, a successful career woman, and a supportive partner can be overwhelming. It's all too easy to fall into the trap of trying to do and be everything, and ending up feeling like we're not doing anything well. It's important to remember that we can have it all, just not all at once. And I don't know about you, but I've found that in accepting this, there's a sort of peace to operating from that place. One step at a time.
One key takeaway is to prioritise self-care. (I know, right? But, hear me out...) It's easy to put our own needs on the back burner when we have so many other responsibilities. However, taking care of ourselves is essential for our overall wellbeing and our ability to juggle all of our responsibilities (I won't bore you with the plane analogy of putting your oxygen mask on first). This can be as simple as carving out some time each day for exercise, meditation or even, a relaxing bath. And if you find yourself scoffing at that (I know I have done in the past), then that's okay - how about aiming for 5 minutes of non-stimulated time without your phone, a little human running around or a partner, just for you to take a breath? Or a pee on your own is always the hallmark of a good day in parent land - let's be honest.
Another key takeaway is learning how to say no (and not feeling guilty or like a terrible human in the process!) We simply can't do everything, and it's important to recognise our limits. Saying no to certain commitments or responsibilities can be difficult, but it's important to prioritise and focus on what truly matters. You, your health, your family, your friends and your work (because those bills won't pay themselves unfortunately!)
It's also important to communicate with our partners, colleagues and friends. We don't have to do everything alone. By communicating our needs and delegating responsibilities, (even though it can be hard to do), we can share the load and reduce the stress of trying to do everything ourselves. It takes a village as they say. Personally, I'm still waiting for my village, anyone else?!
Finally, it's important to recognise that it's okay to ask for help. Whether it's from family, friends or hired help, there's no shame in needing assistance. Seeking support can be a sign of strength and a way to ensure that we are able to juggle all of our responsibilities effectively.
Here's the thing, there's no such thing as balance. Life isn't balanced, but if we aim for harmony, like that of an orchestra - there's different instruments at different tempos and playing different parts of the melody, but together, that's where the magic happens.
If a mother's juggle is on your mind, or of someone that you know, then why not share the following shows we have on for you next week:
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Join us for the 45-minute Cuppa on just that. Our "Mums the Word" masterclass in the lead up to Mothers Day is an opportunity to connect and explore the challenges of balancing work, personal life and parenting.
Laura Piccardi will be sitting down with Dr Rebecca Ray on the art of effective communication, managing guilt, creating a support network, alongside practical tools for achieving a fulfilling balance. Investing in this masterclass will not only support your wellbeing, the mothers in your team, but also boost productivity and engagement at work.
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