Balancing Work and Family Life
It’s hard to work when you already have a family. Sometimes you are torn between staying at home whilst you have a responsibility to feed your family too. It’s challenging because you are managing multiple commitments and sometimes it’s overwhelming.
Work-Family life balance is always an issue for almost every family. Here are some ways to help your family cope.
1. Setting our Priorities
With a lot of things that demand our time including work and family, it is hard sometimes to juggle several roles and goals in our existence. Being successful at work means you also have a successful and healthy couple relationship and be an engaged parent. For there are only 24hours a day, we must think about our values and set some priorities based on those values.
2. Plan and do things ahead
Weekdays are the busiest when we are working. We can ease stress if we plan ahead. Create a family calendar that can be posted on your fridge or working station so you can see on how you are going to manage the week. Preparing meals in advance and putting them in the refrigerator or freezer can help. You can also involve your children while doing this activity.
3. Work in flex hours or part-time hours if possible
Working in a flexible hour can produce efficient output and it also releases stress to a household. And If it’s possible, consider working part-time. It may sound like you are earning less but it may regain your quality of life again.
4. Limit after work involvements
It is important that we set boundaries between work and family. Limit the number of activities with your co-workers or friends after work. Learn to say “no” and let go of the guilt instead do things with your family like baking, cooking, exercising, and biking.
5. Take time for yourself
It is also a priority to make time for yourself even when you are tired. You can enroll in a fitness class and you will see that you let the stress out. Have one movie in a week while eating popcorn or your favorite snack. Get some vitamin D while walking on a Sunday morning together with your child or spouse.