Re­al­ity check on ‘suc­cess’

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MUMS in the work­force must take a step back and re­alise they do not need to do it all to suc­ceed in life and work, a ca­reer coach ad­vises.

Mums also should take the time to ex­er­cise, plan a good diet and con­sult with a psy­chol­o­gist about time man­age­ment and stress tools if they find the work/life jug­gle too over­whelm­ing.

IB Coach­ing di­rec­tor Mery­dith Wil­loughby says too many work­ing women with chil­dren are re­ly­ing on med­i­ca­tion to keep up their en­ergy and get through the day.

‘‘ When you are rais­ing chil- dren and have a ca­reer; fa­tigue and ex­haus­tion is noth­ing new – busy and fran­tic be­comes the norm,’’ she says.

‘‘ While this pe­riod can be one of the most re­ward­ing in our life, it can feel over­whelm­ing at times be­cause of all of our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

‘‘ How­ever, it is just the way it is and most get through know­ing that it will not last for­ever.’’

Wil­loughby is call­ing for more dis­cus­sion among work­ing women about op­tions to deal with stress and pro­vid­ing sup­port to work­ers to en­sure it does not go unchecked. This would pre­vent it from lead­ing to other health prob­lems, such as burnout and de­pres­sion.

She urges women to pro­vide time for them­selves. They need to have a good diet and ex­er­cise as ba­sic ways of over­com­ing fa­tigue and restor­ing men­tal alert­ness.

‘‘( This) makes a huge dif­fer­ence, as do strong per­sonal boundaries and know­ing that we are just one per­son and that while we may want to do it all, in re­al­ity we can­not,’’ Wil­loughby says.

‘‘ Ther­a­peu­tic mas­sages and other holis­tic prac­tices can help.’’

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STRESS: Work­ing mums don’t need to ‘do it all’.

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