Everyone would tell you that being a mother is very rewarding. It certainly is, but it is also VERY tiring. It is a role/job/privilege, whichever way you see it, that is mentally and physically draining. It is especially brutal for new mums going back to work.
I remember how unprepared I was when the blog and my business took off months after I launched it. Lauren was about 9 months old at the time and I was still breastfeeding. From mere writing and working on the business plan whenever I had the time, suddenly life picked up a notch and I had client meetings, projects to manage and deadlines, and I remember the feeling of always rushing to get home to see my baby daughter. Life as a new working mum was full on and quite frankly, overwhelming.
I've been a working mum for more than five years and I've gotten the hang of it now. Let me share a few tips on how us mummies can stay productive without burning out.
Tips for new working mums to ease fatigue:
Take frequent breaks
I know this sounds impossible. Life as a working mum is stressful. That's why we need to be mindful to take mini breaks throughout the day to de-stress. Not only does stress use up a lot of energy, it's also harmful to our health. Chronic or long-term stress may make you feel fatigued, unable to concentrate and irritable for no good reason.
Some of the things you could include are leisure walks, unstructured play with your children, practising mindfulness activities like colouring, reading or simply listening to your favourite music. Whatever relaxes you will improve your energy. And oh, remember to laugh! Laughing is the best way to beat stress!