Reality check on ‘success’
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.’’
STRESS: Working mums don’t need to ‘do it all’.