Today, I get the pleasure of sharing 20 Working Mom Sanity Saving Tips from an amazing group of Moms. Sometimes we forget that we need Mom-Mentors just as much as career mentors.
Finding a Working Mom mentor means that she may be just one step ahead and can help you navigate through the work-life challenges. I enjoy gaining insight from other Working Moms because it gives us that sense of a village. And as a Working Mom it’s easy to feel like you don’t have a support system.
My sanity saving tip has been connecting with another Mom at work. It helps to have someone else who just gets it. We can talk about work one minute and nap schedules the next. I encourage you to reach out and connect more with the people you work with; make an impact beyond a working relationship, be supportive and be kind.
Sometimes it’s the simple strategies that can have the greatest impact.
Melissa Uhles | Pen and Parent
What saves my sanity is saying “no” to things like playdates and school volunteer opportunities. To assuage any guilt about it, I dip into my secret mommy-only candy stash.
Tamara | Momma Making Moves
My best advice to any working Mom is to not be afraid to fail in front of your children. As working mothers, we strive to give our 100%, even when our attention, time, and resources are being divided between 100 different things. It is only natural that sometimes, just sometimes, things do not work out.
It can be hard to let our babies know that we did not succeed. However, instances such as these are how our kids learn how to deal with their own shortcomings in life. Watching us gracefully accept that sometimes. just sometimes, we let the ball drop on something, enables them to see that life is not always perfect or easy, and that is okay. These are lessons best learned by example.
Erin Sturm | Freelancing Mama
The thing that has saved my sanity as a working Mom is my meditation practice. Every morning, when my two kids are still asleep, I take 10-15 minutes to meditate. This practice makes me feel centered, calm, and ready to handle whatever the day throws at me.
Exercise is a powerful Mom tool and is 1 out of 5 habits to increase happiness – take it from some Mama’s who know!
Lauren | Simply-Well-Balanced
As a fulltime working mom with two small children, my sanity saver is fitting in a workout whenever possible. After the birth of my children, I neglected my health for few years and it had a major impact on my happiness.
Once I made exercise a priority again my joy came back and I had the energy I needed to be a great employee and mom. Since we are all short on time, I absolutely LOVE Tabata because you can get a serious full-body workout done in 20 minutes.
Emily | Moving Through Momhood
When I went back to work 4 years ago, one of the things I struggled with the most was finding time to workout. Working out was always a stress reliever for me and I needed it even more as our family adjusted to me working!
I found that doing videos at home was a great way for me to fit my workout in because I could squeeze a 30-minute workout in before work or after and not have to adhere to a gym’s schedule. I’m a fan of Beachbody’s TurboFire videos, but you can pick any video that you like! And reminding myself that even 30 minutes a few times a week is better than nothing also helped me to not beat myself up when I missed a workout!
For some Moms, their secret is in the schedules. When you have a routine, you have consistency and that is a must for raising little humans!
Jaime | For Every Mama
Being a working mom can be tough! My number one productivity tip is to schedule your weekly cleaning routine by completing one set of rooms daily. With just a little time each day, you can have a clean house by the weekend!
Heather | Very Anxious Mommy
As a wife and mom of two, I knew that starting a blog and working part-time from home while also raising two rambunctious children would take an enormous commitment. But no matter what it took, I was determined to find some type of balance to save my sanity.
For me, having my entire day scheduled out allowed me to get everything I needed to be done while also having mandatory personal Mommy time. Seriously, as silly as this sounds having a visual of my daily “To Do’s” kept me on task and allowed me to manage my time more wisely.
We are lucky to have some amazing applications right on our phones. They can make staying on top of your Mom Game much easier!
Tiffany | Taingled Web
I’m not sure how I managed to function without Evernote. It’s the one app I use on every device, every day to organize my business, my personal projects, and my household. I can clip web pages and annotate them, write notes by hand, create outlines for my next blog post, share project milestones with clients and so much more.
The best thing using Evernote has done for me is putting an end to the midday calls from my hubby requesting that I add something to our running shopping lists. Now all he has to do is open our shared notebook and write it in.
Lindsay | Hazel Baby Blog
Two words: sleep stories. Download the Calm app to your phone and it will change your life.
As busy moms, we often are so tied up with taking care of our business and our babies, that we neglect to get a good night’s rest – which is essential to our health and high functioning lifestyle. Using the sleep stories before going to bed helps me turn my brain off and get a full night of shut-eye (versus tossing and turning, or staying up too late worrying about the next day.) They also have them for kids so they can go to bed easier, too!
There is no doubt that planning and lists can keep a Mom from completely losing her mind. Whether it’s implementing a weekly meal plan system or creating to-do lists to tackle life, these Mom’s share their best tips.
Lexie | Mommy Home Manager
One thing that drives me crazy is when I look around my home and cannot believe what a disaster I have allowed it to become! Breaking up household chores into small, attainable lists each day really helps us, busy moms, to stay on top of things at home.
Toni | Dr. Toni DDS
As a mommy of two, full-time dentist and Navy Reservist I make a list at the beginning of every week to stay productive. I divide my to-do list into Personal/Self-care, Work, Home, and Navy on Sundays to prepare for the week. Each day I try to accomplish three things on my list so that I am productive without overwhelming myself.
Kayleigh | The Pigeon and the Peacock
Can you relate to the “5 o’clock fog,” where you have had an exhausting day and now no idea what to make for dinner? This was me – and it meant we were spending too much on eating out, making quick but questionable frozen meals, and wasting food since I didn’t have a plan to use it in time.
Enter Thrive Life – groceries to my door, freeze-dried so it won’t spoil, and pre-chopped, ready to throw into any dish! I’m making dinner in 20 minutes now without any planning in advance! The best part is, it’s saving me time and money, while not sacrificing on taste and quality!
Lisa | Lisa Tanner Writing
Since I switched to an annual meal plan, I’ve saved so much time and brainpower! The kids no longer ask me what’s for dinner (or breakfast or lunch…) because everyone knows. I’m no longer rummaging in the cupboards at five o’clock trying to find something to cook. It’s definitely been a sanity saver!
As a Mom, you know that mornings can set the tone for the balance of the day. These Mom’s know that having a simple strategy can save you from the morning chaos.
Brenda | Paper Heart Family
My 2-year-old is usually very clingy in the morning if she’s awake and it makes getting my 2 kids and myself ready a challenge. On the weekend, I lay out my clothes and their clothes for the entire week, and I cook a big batch of waffles or pancakes and freeze the leftovers.
I also use dry shampoo on days that I have a clingy toddler on my hip, and my hair looks fresh and amazing! A little preparation like this helps me start off my day calmly.
Katelynn | Chapstick and Sweatpants
My number one, absolute most critical part of the day that without it I wouldn’t be able to function: waking up an hour earlier than everyone. Yes, I know, an hour less of sleep but you’ll thank me later. In that hour get yourself ready and drink your coffee in peace, it’s like heaven on earth.
Moms, this one is a must. We need to replenish and keep that sense of oneself to give our best self to Motherhood.
Stephanie | Steph the Bookworm
As a working mom, I find that I give nearly all of myself to work and my son. It leaves little time or energy for myself. To keep my sanity and to unwind, I make sure to read every night before bed, as reading has always been a huge part of my life.
It’s so important to not lose sight of our own identities and our own interests after becoming moms!
Alicja | Just Redefine
I was thinking that being everywhere always helps my family and makes me more productive at work. Couple years of frustration later I learned – there’s no way to please everybody!
The two keys to success are great organization (shocking, right?!) and giving yourself a break when your body tells you to. My philosophy of “day almost off” saved me more times that I want to admit. Reader’s Digest version: for one day you are doing only stuff that, dramatically speaking, determines your existence!
Laura | The Mindful Mom Blographer
My biggest sanity tip for working moms is to schedule time for yourself every single day. During this time you must do something you enjoy doing, and this does not include anything on your to-do list!
If you are having trouble finding the time, start small – I started with 10 minutes a day by implementing 5 easy steps. Even this small amount of time can make a world of difference to your sanity and mental health.
Getting back into a work pattern certainly presents its challenges but with a little advice from these Moms, you’ll have a stronger mindset.
Nicole | The Professional Mom Project
My advice to a new mom going back to work is to give yourself grace. We aren’t perfect (no one is) and that’s OK. Sometimes you’ll be an awesome mom and other times you’ll be a hot mess.
The same goes for your work. Some days will be amazing and you’ll be 100% on point but other days, not so much. That’s OK. Be kind to yourself. You’ve got this!
Nicole | Hearts and Hiccups
When you go back to work after maternity leave, it is going to be HARD. Added to this, you will have people telling you what to do and how to do it, with regards to raising your child. Trust your instincts and stick with your decisions.
You will never realize the superpowers you have always possessed until you have to balance motherhood AND a career. You can do it!
I’m happy that all these Moms were able to contribute to this post. In the absence of a physical village, we are navigating our tribes online and it’s helpful to get real advice from real Moms who are just one step ahead.
Do you have a sanity saving tip? I would love to hear it, leave a note in the comments♥
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