Listen guys. I will never pretend that I am one of those mythical full-time working moms who has their sh*t together. I’m not. And I never will be.
And that’s OK.
I have two jobs, a husband, three kids, three pets, and a household. I absolutely love my life, but I often feel very stressed out that I am always working in one way or another.
But life is work, isn’t it? Our bodies are always working, even while we are sleeping. Our cells never take a break. If they did, we’d be dead.
So maybe the key to less stress is changing my perspective on what I have going on in life. Maybe the key is hitting the lottery and running away to some Caribbean island. Maybe the key is some minute detail that is staring me in the face, plain as day.
I honestly don’t know what The Answer is. I do know that something in my life has to change before I get job burnout on life itself. The best way I know how is to chip away at it, a little at a time.
I have been working on minor ways to lessen the stress of everyday life . So, here are 3 things I have found thus far that make my life seem a little easier:
1.Stay Organized. Everyone organizes differently. For me, I like lists. I make lists for EVERYTHING. And I like things to have their own places. Train tracks in one box, hot wheels cars in another. Bills in the bill pile, junk mail in the trash, wallet and keys by the door.
No matter how you organize things, if you know what you need and when you need it, and where something is when you need it, you will find yourself just a smidgen less stressed.
2. Don’t avoid tasks. Do a little bit everyday.
I am the worst when it comes to laundry. I will avoid it and avoid it, until I am drowning in a mountain of clothes and the family is out of clean undies. I am finally figuring out that if I do one load a day (or every other day), I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I haven’t cried over a pile of smelly laundry in a couple weeks!
3. Take time for yourself. We all know it’s hard, but even if it locking yourself in the bathroom and plugging your ears for a minute, it’s important.
Close your eyes, take a few solid, deep breaths, and count to 10. Put your headphones on and watch something on Netflix. Take a whole day and go to the spa. Whatever you can make work in your life!
What ways do you stay sane in the big balance of work and life? Let me know in the comments section!