6 Ways A Working Mother Can Have A Great Start To Their Day

When you are a working mother, the domestic organization becomes a daunting task. Mounds of dirty laundry, school homework, hungry kids and breakfast-to-dinner meal planning make your head spin. Anticipating hectic hours at the office makes it even worse and doesn’t do much to make for a happy start to the day. So what can you do to reorganize your daily routine and make your mornings smooth – and peaceful?

Every working mother faces her own set of challenges and circumstances. A healthy morning routine, therefore, becomes incredibly important for a productive day.

Sometimes, I get asked how I ‘manage it all,’ which is simple enough to answer: I don’t. But making the most of the wee morning hours goes a long way towards a rewarding and stress-free day.

Forever chaotic mornings

When I was still new to this ‘working mom’ scenario, the only important thing I learned at the time was ‘mornings forever will be a bit more chaotic.’ If I thought that getting to work on time was a hurdle before the baby was born, then I didn’t know what was coming. I am naturally obsessed with anal-organization, setting everything down to its most minute detail. So, you can imagine how I approached our ‘new’ morning routine with an infant.

My son is growing up fast which means he’s becoming low-key unmanageable by the day. However, my day plan includes some key rules that help me keep my sanity intact and stay on track:

1. Become an early riser

As a parent, you are probably already waking up at a very early hour. Sometimes, however, even an extra 20 minutes can make things more smooth.

Figure out how much time you need to get everyone up, fed and dressed, then set your alarm accordingly. For me, those extra minutes are a blessing in disguise. On a pleasant morning, it means 20 minutes to play together or savor my milk tea, while a comparatively bad morning means I’m only 5 minutes behind schedule; hinting towards a rough day ahead.

2.Keep your breakfast healthy but straightforward

You don’t necessarily have to whip up an omelette from scratch – though scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast and fruit make a relatively simple and equally healthy breakfast. Oatmeal, cereal or yogurt can also do the trick.

If your kids prefer pancakes or waffles like my two-year-old, make a batch over the weekend and freeze them, then reheat in the microwave or toaster. Most of the time, I go for a packaged, frozen, whole-grain version; simplifying the breakfast routine even further.

3.Limiting time-consuming tasks

As crazy as it sounds, I have tried to eliminate anything that takes time in the morning. If it’s a shower, it needs to happen a night before. Before I hit the bed, my outfit and lunch for the next day are ready.

I have been trying to proactively think about which activities can possibly be done the night before and luckily for us, most of the things can be easily managed this way! I also pack my son’s bag and cloth diapers to take to his morning-babysitter the following day.

4.Get used to list-making!

I never realized that making lists would make my life so much easier. Balancing a 40+ hour work week, running a mom-blog and all of the other endeavors that flood my daily life can make remembering everything at 4 a.m. (time when I usually wake up) a bit daunting.

Therefore, write out your list of things that need to be done every day, stick it on the kitchen refrigerator or even on the bag itself and the daily hassles will ease out to a huge extent.

5.Watch out for unpredictable events

This might seem like a ‘duh’ thing to suggest, but it still amazes me how unforeseen morning events can be. A few examples from my house would include missing the alarm call, an unexpected feeding session that can’t wait, or the dress I laid out having an unnoticed stain.

Whether you are a stay-at-home child-bearer or a working mother, take your morning routine as a challenge to engage in every single day. If you don’t get it right today, you can always try again tomorrow.

6.Dole-out smart rewards – you deserve it!

If you manage to spare 10 minutes before heading out, do something fun. Read a light-hearted story, some quotes about love or play a quick game on the phone. Personally, I prefer reading a few pages of my favorite book coupled with a nice hot cup of raspberry green leaf tea. The extra kick you get from herbal drinks in the morning can keep your brain awake and fresh for the large part of the day.

In the end…

As I was writing this article, I was smiling. Mornings, unarguably, are overwhelming for a methodical mother. And if you have a fast-approaching deadline, I can pretty much guarantee that it will only get harder.

You might think that after countless hours of getting my kid (and husband) prepped up and ready to go, I would have it down to a science. Sadly, I don’t. Therefore, from a mother to a mother I would like to offer this single piece of positive advice: laugh. Blowing up the morning-waffle maker is kind of funny the first few times.

Let go of the mythical perfectionism and embrace flexibility with all your heart. Even if nothing goes according to plan, something or the other definitely will on another, better day.

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Resources

https://www.workingmother.com/blogs/millierainer039s-blog/handy-tips-help-working-mom-organize-her-home-and-life-better#page-2

 

The Close Connection Between Good Relationships And Health

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In the busy bee schedule that most of us have these days, there is little space for familial ties and close relationships. We’d rather remain sucked in our smartphones than connect in the real world. For instance, 57% of women in the US would gladly pick their phone over intimacy with their partner.

However, this is where we are sadly mistaken. While phones and daily hustle add to the burden on our plates, close connections take it off.

Reading BrainTest reviews might punch an information crater in your knowledge bank. However, healthy relationships are more critical due to their close connectivity to health. All good relations work as a buffer for stress and are tied to longevity. They also boost mental well-being and reduce health concerns including a cut in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Slashes the risk of premature death

A lack of healthy relationships runs parallel with an increased risk of depression and early death. A study confirmed that the odds of early death due to a lack of strong associations inclined by 50%. Such an impact can be roughly understood as the risk carried by puffing 15 cigarettes a day.

The importance of a healthy relationship is also a piece of the dementia puzzle. In fact, socially active life is an essential marker to prevent dementia. A passive social life chips in 2.3% risk of developing this mental condition. Social isolation adds to the psychiatric glitch by lining up anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Declines loneliness

Forging close ties that keep you company is as important as the other activities marked on your to-do list. Solitude can increase the likelihood of functional deterioration, as well as, premature death. From a pool of 1,604 participants, a study showed that loneliness swelled the likelihood of early death in people by 45%. It is in comparison with those individuals who enjoy good company and companionship in their close ties.

Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician who headed the study further clarified, “Lonely people aren’t taking the extra step of talking to their doctor or their kids. If you don’t talk about it, nobody’s going to know.” Research also connects loneliness with coronary heart disease, dementia, restlessness, depression, weakened immunity, and a decline in cognitive functioning.

Reduces stress

Healthy relationships also cushion the impact of stress. Not only do these ties help to deal with stress, but also bring down stress levels. Good relations prevent adverse reactions to stressors that usually include disturbed gut function, coronary arteries, immune system, and insulin regulation.

In this regard, a happy marriage is applauded for curbing stress along with other long-term health benefits like a healthy heart. Research indicates that committed relationships encourage a drop in the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. It also signifies that unpaired people are more sensitive to psychological stress relative to coupled individuals.

Stress, however, is a natural by-product for caregiving daughters who account for 16% of the US population. Caregivers cannot afford the luxury of good health including emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Over time, vigor deteriorates with poor health jumping from 14% to 20% from the first year to five years of caregiving.

Better heart health

Evidence favours close familial ties due to their health benefit of improved cardiovascular health too. A study highlighted that women with satisfying marriages show a waning risk of cardiovascular diseases compared with less satisfied married women.

It was found that healthy married relationships diminish the odds of a heart attack. In fact, one study considers the impact of the quality of marital life on health and immunity. A clear indication of this was found with poor healing of wounds in couples that have a dust-up. A professor of psychiatry and psychology, Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, elaborated this, “Wounds on the hostile couples healed at only 60 percent of the rate of couples considered to have low levels of hostility.

Trims depressive symptoms

Blooming bonds also provide an antidote to depression. A growing body of evidence suggests that friends can help in coping with stress and fighting diseases. Intense love is viewed as a token of improved health.

A study found that its participants recorded a 40% sink in moderate pain by looking at a loved one’s picture. The same research also showed that severe pain slumped by 15% by doing the same.

Another research work verifies that emotional affinity between grandparents and adult grandchildren lowers depressive symptoms in both. These inter-generational relations also widen the knowledge spectrum of youngsters, as grandparents boast a wealth of wisdom and experience. At the same time, the older generation gets a window into the younger generation. A study linked thriving grandparent-grandchildren relation to diminished behavioural and emotional problems too.

Healthful behaviours

Healthy relations also set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle by promoting a proper diet, discouraging smoking, and encouraging exercise. Strong ties also instill a sense of purpose that further extend life expectancy. People with an active social life tend to push each other toward healthful eating options and motivate physical activity.

As such strong relationships serve as a social support system that keeps you on a track to physical and mental health well-being. Marriage, in particular, is applauded as a good alliance in this context. George Ploubidis, the reader in population health and statistics at University College London, adds to this. He says, “Married people tend to smoke less, drink less alcohol, and eat more healthily. Having a joint income also helps, and relationships can provide a buffer against the stresses of major life events.”

Final words

All in all, there is a very close connection between good relationships and health. Conflicted bonds can take a toll on one’s immune system and mental peace. An anxiety-ridden relationship can ante up the vulnerability of heart diseases with marital strain enhancing the risk of heart surgery by 2.9 times.

On the other hand, strong, sturdy bonds can add years to your life, improve mental health, and save you from several diseases. In fact, social isolation falls among poor health contributors, in tow with high blood pressure, no exercise, and smoking.

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Resources:

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships