As a wife, mother, and someone who works full time it seems like I am always on the go. I often wonder how families make this work and think about all of the things we do to fit it all in – and we only have one child! Juggling schedules can be tricky. If you’re lucky, your place of employment offers a flexible work schedule, so you don’t have to be there from 9-5, and you may even be able to work at homes at times. This helps, but how do you make sure that you have time for you and the people who matter most to you in your downtime. WebMD posted an article back in 2013 with five tips on how to do this. For the complete article go to: http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/protect-health-13/balance-life?page=1 . Here’s a quick recap:
- Build downtime into your schedule.
When you plan your week, make sure to pencil in quality time with your family and friends or schedule an activity that helps you to recharge, like a massage. These activities can give you something to look forward to during the week.
- Drop activities that sap your time or energy.
If there are activities that fill up your time or people in your life that bring you down, don’t waste your time on these activities or relationships. Social media can be a huge time sink as are negative people in your life.
- Rethink your errands.
Household chores and errands are time consuming. My husband and I already divide the errands in our house. For example, he does the grocery shopping, and I do the laundry. If one of us cooks, then the other one does dishes. I often spend a whole day (or at least a morning) cleaning house and have considered hiring someone to clean so I can spend more time doing things I enjoy. WebMD lists some other ways you can outsource some of these tasks:
- Order your groceries online and have them delivered. Check out http://www.peapod.com/ !
- Hire a neighborhood kid to mow your lawn.
- Have your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office.
- Get moving.
Although it’s hard to fit exercise in when life is crazy, getting regular exercise can actually increase your energy levels so you are better able to keep up with all the activities. I always tell people to put it on your calendar and treat it like a meeting. Also, pick a time a day that you are more apt to do it. I’m a morning person, so I get up at 4:30 or 5am on some days. I also bike to/from work a couple of times a week. Whatever it is you do, make sure you enjoy it.
- Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way.
Although we’d all like to change our behaviors overnight, it’s important to remember to set realistic goals, make changes slowly, and take time for you. Changing behaviors doesn’t happen overnight. Think about what you want your priorities to be and start with some small changes that you can do to make that happen. Take time to relax and clear your head to help reduce stress as well.