Being a mum is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things I've experienced. It's no secret that mums are incredible at multitasking and juggling the demands of family and business. In fact, for many of us, it's the driving force behind us deciding that now is the time for us to start our own businesses and take things into our own hands.
But I know that at times we can feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and burnt out. I've been on a long and winding journey of self care, and what I've learnt as I've nurtured myself through anxiety and as I've juggled my family around work and a loved one's ill-health, that prioritising self care and our personal development is crucial.
I've experienced first hand, and supported my clients in seeing how useful coaching can be to help us gain perspective and achieve our goals. Today, I want to share some practical tips that you can use to life coach yourself as a busy mum, especially during the school holidays.
Prioritise Self-care and Personal Development
Mums often put themselves last, but it's vital to prioritise self-care and personal development. Self-care can be as simple as taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk in nature, or practising mindfulness. Personal development can be taking an online course or attending a webinar. By investing in yourself, you set an example to your kids that taking care of yourself is important and necessary.
Create a School Holiday Action Plan
The school holidays can be exciting, but they can also disrupt your work schedule. Creating a school holiday action plan can help you balance your business commitments and quality time with your children. My School Holiday Action Plan course is an excellent resource for mums running a business during the holidays. It covers topics such as weekly planning, time blocking, to-do list management, productivity hacks, daily routines, and fun activities with the kids, plus, it's free.
Identify Your Goals and Priorities
As busy mums, we have many responsibilities competing for our attention, and it's easy to get sidetracked. By identifying your goals and priorities - not just in business but also in life - you can stay focused on what matters most. Take some time to reflect on what you want to achieve in your personal and professional life. Then, create action steps that will help you achieve those goals.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help you manage stress, stay present, and increase focus. The practice of mindfulness can be as simple as taking deep breaths, meditating, or being mindful during daily activities such as brushing your teeth. In a moment I'm really enjoying, I like to take in my experience with all of my senses. If you're standing on a beach this might mean watching your children, hearing the waves break, feeling the sand, tasting an icecream and smelling the sun tan lotion. There are moments like this I look back on which are treasured memories, but you can do this just standing in your garden. By practicing mindfulness, you increase your ability to manage stress and anxiety, which helps you to perform better as a mum and entrepreneur.
Celebrate Your Wins
As mums, we tend to be critical of ourselves and focus on what we haven't achieved. It's essential to celebrate your wins, no matter how small they are. Celebrating your wins helps you to feel accomplished and confident in your abilities. Please promise me that you'll make a habit of celebrating your wins, no matter how small they are.
Being a busy mum can be daunting, especially during the school holidays. Life coaching can be a fantastic resource to help you gain perspective, set goals, and achieve success. The above tips might be the first step for you in really thriving this school holiday. Remember to prioritise self-care, create a school holiday action plan, identify your goals, practice mindfulness, and celebrate your wins. You've got this!
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