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How to Balance Work and Family Life

Every working mother knows balancing life can be pretty challenging. There is so much to do, and not enough time. In this day and age there is an unspoken expectation to be the perfect wife, mother, cook, house cleaner, employer/employee, etc. It can get overwhelming, and quite frankly it is not possible to do everything perfectly. There are ways to make your life more enjoyable, even though it may be hectic at times. Here are some simple tips to help achieve a happier, more balanced life from Susan McGalla.

First off, it is very important to let go of ideas of perfectionism. This, and guilt will only get in the way of living your life the way you want to. The truth is that there is no such thing as “perfect” and feeling guilty of every little thing will just hinder you from moving forward. Everyone makes mistakes, it’s okay.

Are you mindlessly doing draining tasks that suck up your time. You know, those things you do that leave you questioning why you agreed to do it in the first place. Well, maybe it is time to let go of these things, and do something more worthwhile.

Make sure you start your day on a good foot by prepping things at night like your kid’s lunches, or school clothes. This way you can have a smoother morning by not jam packing everything into a few hours. A relaxed mother is a happy mother.

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Take time off from technology. It can be addicting and may be hard to rip yourself away from it, but just do it. It can free up your mind to focus on other things. This flows into the next tip, meditation. It is great for relaxation and can help keep you balanced and calm with what life throws at you, especially if you can do it on a regular basis.

With all the demands of life you have to take care of yourself. This includes downtime where you don’t have to worry about anyone else but you. Take a walk through a park, or participate in a solo activity that brings you tranquility.

What else helps you relax? No, I’m not talking about that pint of chocolate ice cream you bought the other day. I’m talking about physical exercise. It releases endorphins into brain that help relax you and make you feel good. Who doesn’t want to feel good?

When it comes to the little everyday tasks you do, try to be more efficient at them. Maybe delegate some to your spouse, or purchase things online to save time and hassle. This will simplify your life and make things easier.

Susan McGalla is executive consultant and American businesswoman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Susan McGalla has worked with well known companies such as Wet Seal Inc. as the chief executive officer and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. as the president. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Mount Union College.

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