Being a working mom is a challenge because it entails balancing your responsibilities at home and at work. The pandemic has made the dual roles of a working mom more challenging, especially if you work from home because you have to supervise your children attending online classes.
When you ask a working mom to describe a typical day in one word, chances are she will spell it this way:
T-I-R-I-N-G. With so many things to do, left and right, it may take every effort to maintain a work-life balance. Medicare Plus understands the struggles of our “ilaw ng tahanan” that’s why we have come up with the following tips to help working moms get more energy the healthy way:
Caffeine which is often used in soft drinks, chocolates, energy drinks, coffee, and tea can give you a quick jolt of energy. However, if you’re not careful, you might get too dependent on it. A triple-shot latte or a bottle of energy drink can give you a much-needed pick-me-up to get you through a busy day but too much caffeine can make you restless and disrupt your sleep. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), up to six hours of gulping a caffeinated beverage, half of the caffeine that you consumed will still be in your system. To avoid losing more energy because of sleepless nights, it’s best to cut back on caffeine and set a caffeine cut-off around 2 or 3 pm.
When you’re tired, exercising might be the last thing on your mind. But did you know that engaging in regular exercise can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance? When you exercise, oxygen and nutrients flow to your tissues which enables your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. Regular physical activity improves your heart and lung health. As a result, you have more energy to do your daily tasks. Find a physical activity that revitalizes you and do it regularly. It can be biking, brisk walking, jogging, jump roping, dancing, or engaging in sports.
Staying on top of things at work and home can be quite exhausting. You can combat fatigue by taking a 15 to 20-minute nap. You’ll be surprised what a short snooze can do to your energy levels. According to WebMD, a power nap will not only boost your energy level but also improve your memory, creativity, and cognitive skills. So next time you feel a need to recharge, take a power nap instead of leaning on caffeine.
Don’t let tough days bring out the worst in you. When you feel overwhelmed by your overlapping responsibilities and things are weighing you down, take a pause.
Spending at least 10 minutes for yourself each day can uplift your senses. Whether it’s simply taking a shower, focusing on your breathing, making yourself a snack, watching TikTok videos, or having a quick chat with a friend, a simple pause can help prevent outbursts due to frustrations and reset your attitude.
Spend quality time with your husband by scheduling a date night. You may ask a relative, friend, or nanny to watch over the kids while you and your hubby relax and recharge. If there’s no one available to take care of the kids, you can put the youngsters to bed early and enjoy a nice late dinner with your hubby. You can watch a movie together and even enjoy a glass of bubbly.
If you’re a single mom, set a date night with your amigas. Take a break and reconnect with your close friends. Indulge in good food and chika-to-sawa. Spending time with great company will surely re-energize you.