ALL MOMS ARE WORKING MOMS. And now work, and home duties are blending. One minute you are emailing your boss, and the next minute you are cooking, waitressing, cleaning and homeschooling. You may be feeling like you need an escape.
Since we are all on lockdown due to the Coronavirus, an escape is not possible right now. However, there are things you can do to make managing this new way of living and working so that it is less stressful.
Get Help with Laundry
Why not outsource your laundry to Prestige Cleaners? Yes, we are still open, and we offer free home pickup and delivery.
Think about how much time you’ll save by having Prestige do your laundry and dry cleaning.
Visit https://new.prestigecleaners.com/services/free-pickup-and-delivery/ for more info.
Start thinking about other tasks you can outsource to family members. During a time like this, working as a team is essential.
You’re not the only one in the family. Start delegating basic chores that other members of your household can perform. Create a chore chart with names, days of the week, and times. Place it in an area for everyone to see and make sure others pull their weight.
Find fun ways to reward everyone who completes their tasks each day.
One of the tasks you can get help with can be to prepare meals that can be frozen and then reheated for a meal during the week.
Home-cooked meals don’t have to take hours. Block out time each week to chop and season meats for the week or pre-prepare items to store in your refrigerator and freezer. Get the whole family involved and in just a few hours, you could easily have two weeks of meal prep completed.
If you hate all things cooking, consider food delivery/meal prep companies like Foodpanda to lighten your meal-prep load. Companies like www.blueapron.com customize your menu and delivery all the ingredients needed to make healthy gourmet meals straight to your doorstep.
Learn How to Say “NO”
The biggest challenge for most working moms is saying, “no.” If saving time is a struggle for you, taking on more projects, activities, etc., will only add more burdens. If you can’t successfully include more on your plate, don’t take on more.
Saying “No” right now is a lot easier since you have been ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. However, it won’t be long before you return to the office, or someone from church or school is contacting you asking for volunteer work.
Now is the perfect time to start valuing yourself more, and that can begin with not giving away so much of your time.
When people start asking more and more of your time, simply explain to them you are in a phase of self-care so that you can be healthier physically and mentally. Practicing self-care is essential for busy moms.
Self-Care for Busy Moms
You probably think you are so busy you don’t have time for self-care. And you may be right. But that can’t stop you from meeting the needs of your mind and body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anyone else.
Busy moms can practice self-compassion by spending time alone. Yes, this can be done even when you’re home with family. Wake up or stay up when everyone else is sleeping. Spend time in your backyard. Turn your attic or basement into a mom cave. Or, take baths so long even the pets start to wonder if you’re okay.
Because, yes, you are okay.
Repeat Steps One and Two
Get help and delegate. Those are two of the best things a busy mom can do, especially during the Coronavirus lockdown.
It is 100% okay to ask for help. If you need to vent, contact a therapist, and have an online counseling session. Or, fix yourself and drink and skype with your bestie. If you need groceries, order them online and send your partner out for curbside pickup.
Prestige is here to help reduce your stress. While we can’t get your children to make their beds or clean their closets, we can make sure their sheets and clothes are in perfect condition when they do decide to complete those chores.
Give us a call today to discuss all the ways we can help you while you are working around the clock from home.