Being a mom is one of the most precious, rewarding and challenging jobs on the market. When you sign up to become a mom, everyone tells you the best baby equipment to buy, the best pediatrician to contact and the best preschools to start wait-listing your child on before they’re even born. What most forget to share, though, is the need for a mother to become a master juggler in order to survive the adventure of motherhood.
If you're struggling with keeping all of life's balls in the air, try incorporating the following four motherhood juggling techniques to not only overcome the challenges of motherhood, but establish the groundwork for a rewarding journey.
Make the Family Calendar a Priority
One of the biggest challenges of being a mother is juggling family, school, extracurricular activities and work commitments for everyone in the family. Carly Opheim, owner of an Elements Therapeutic Massage studio in Boise, Idaho, and soon-to-be mother of three, believes that having a detailed family schedule is one of the most important tools for moms to survive juggling all of the different activities of a family.
"If it's not on my calendar, it’s not going to happen," Opheim says.
Eliminate the Guilt Factor
Moms can be the worst offenders of feeling guilty for not doing enough for everyone, not reacting the best to every situation and not being able to solve everyone's problems or ailments.
In order to successfully juggle all of the obligations of motherhood, it's important to release the guilt factor from your mind and body by focusing on healthy and positive thoughts that can carry you to a more stress-free and pleasant mind space.
“We all have mental strains and stresses in our daily lives," Opheim says. "And if we don’t make a conscious effort to flush out these stresses, it will start affecting your mental stability and physical health.
"Making time for yourself is not about being a luxury. It's about taking the time to revive and rejuvenate your mind and body."
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Many moms feel like they have to be Wonder Woman and shoulder all of the responsibility of the family by themselves. However, having a great support system -- a spouse, relatives, friends or a mixture of all three -- can make a huge difference in successfully juggling your life and your family’s.
Asking for help doesn’t mean that you're inferior or less of a mother. Instead, it means that you are a master juggler and understand the importance of the age-old saying, "It takes a village to raise a child."
Make Mommy (Me) Time Mandatory
If you don't take time out for yourself, it can really show in the way you interact with your friends, spouse and kids as well as the way you approach your job and personal obligations. When life gets busy, a lot of moms automatically skip out on "Me Time."
One way that Opheim suggests juggling life's daily stresses is by scheduling personal workout time, relaxation and rejuvenation time, and girlfriend time regularly to not only make them a priority in your life, but to ensure that they happen on a routine basis. It's important for moms to regularly schedule Me Time to clear the mind, relax the body and melt stress away.
When the motherhood juggling act is in full swing, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all of the balls you have in the air. As a mother, it's important to keep everything in perspective and to remind yourself of these juggling techniques when life gets hectic. And remember, the only item on your calendar that you have control over is Me Time. So make the most out of your Me Time by taking the time to relax and rejuvenate. Your mind, body and family will appreciate it!