Today, let’s talk about something incredibly important: supporting
ourselves mentally while juggling the beautiful chaos of being a working
Being a parent is a superpower, but it’s essential to remember that
taking care of our mental well-being is equally important.
Here are some tips to help you stay mentally strong and rock your
parenting and professional roles like the superstar you are!
1. Prioritize self-care
Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Take time for yourself, whether it’s reading a book, or enjoying a
hobby. Not only do you deserve it, but recharging is essential in order
for you to sustainably show up and have the impact that you desire to
have both at home and at work.
2. Embrace the power of gratitude
Start your day by acknowledging
three things you are grateful for and writing them down. This is a great
way to direct your focus away from scarcity and towards abundance.
Speaking from experience, this takes one minute to complete and can be a
total game-changer in terms of how you start your day! Remember, what
you focus on expands, so start your day with an attitude of gratitude!
3. Connect with fellow working parents
Surround yourself with a
supportive community of like-minded parents who understand the unique
challenges you face. Share experiences, offer advice, and lift each
other up. Together, we are unstoppable!
4. Celebrate small victories
In the evening, write down three
‘victories’ from the day. Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements,
no matter how small. Whether it’s completing a project at work or
successfully managing a hectic day, give yourself a pat on the back.
Keeping a victory log is a surefire way to sustain your motivation,
highlight your progress, and propel you towards continuous growth and
5. Practice mindfulness
Take a moment each day to be fully present in
the moment. Whether it’s through meditation, deep breathing exercises,
or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, allow yourself to recharge and
find inner peace. Stepping off of the hamster wheel known as life
(daily, even if only for a minute) is critical. It allows you to feel
grounded, connected and present, which is important both at home and at
6. Ask for help when needed
Remember, it’s okay to ask for support!
Reach out to your partner, family, or friends when you need an extra
hand. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey, and there’s strength
in seeking help. It takes a village.
7. Embrace imperfection
Let go of the pressure to be a perfect parent
or employee. Remember that if you’re doing your best (given what you can
control and your current energy levels and resources), that’s all you
can ever ask of yourself! Embrace the beautiful messiness of life and
give yourself grace. You’re doing an incredible job!
So, dear working parents, remember to prioritize your mental well-being.
By taking care of yourself, you’re setting a wonderful example for your
little ones and showing the world what a true superhero looks like!
Thanks, and happy leading folks!
Coach MJ | High-Performance Leadership Coach