Only a few decades ago, the direction ones life would go was determined by ones gender. Men were expected to pursue a career, while women were expected to take care of home and family. Both genders missed out on a the other slice of life. Men missed out on the pleasures of rocking their baby boy to sleep, or helping their daughter with her homework, while women missed out on the boost of self esteem experienced when giving a presentation to a room full of people, or simply getting a thumbs up from the boss for a job well done.
But now, in today’s fast paced world, the evolution of both technology and of the thinking of mankind have made it possible for both genders to go for the whole package- a chance to balance home and family.
Yet, with taking on more comes a whole lot more personal stress and neglect of our own weight and overall health. How should one manage it? Stephanie Benefits, an RN at Primary Children’s Hospital Neonatal unit in Salt Lake says “It’s about being present where you are. When you are at home, be at home with your family and leave work at work. Don’t take it home with you. When you are at work, be at work.”
But in order to do this, make sure you have a good support system so that you are prepared for emergencies that may come up at home while you are at work. Think ahead.
Are you stressed about your appearance? Consider making a new dieting action plan this spring. The US News recently listed the best weight loss diets for 2015.
What are you going to do about that teacher appreciation day when the kids are at home but your scheduled to work? What are you going to do when your baby gets sick and the daycare or babysitter wont take her? Planning ahead will save you a great deal of personal stress when the crisis time comes.
Other tips for striking a balance between work and family include:
- Exercise: Exercise is well known as a way to keep ones mind and body healthy. People who exercise get sick less often and are better able to manage stress and anxiety. There are all kinds of unexpected benefits like a boost in memory as well. If it sounds like too much to take on all at once, consider by starting small. Park farther away from the entrance when going somewhere or take the elevator instead of the stairs, and build up from there.
- Prioritize: While managing a career and a family, there will always be things that one would like to get to, but simply can’t. Prioritize what matters, and work on those things first.
- Delegate the rest. Last but not least,
- Have a good support system in place.
Achieving balance in one’s home life and ones work life is a constant teeter totter act, and is a work in progress. Using these steps can work as a guideline for getting and staying on track so one can manage the personal stress of having it all.