We’re on a mission to provide an affordable channel to boost your mental health. So, each week, we’re checking in with our community to see how they’re working on their mental health and their goal towards happiness. We invited to Natasha Black, Life Coach to give us some tips and advice on how to keep a work-life balance.
Q: “I love spending time with my little girl but I am hoping to spend more time to work on myself again. It’s hard to find balance between work, family and ‘me’ time. When my life is out of balance, I become very tired and very moody. So, how can I get the right balance without having mum guilt?”
A: “It certainly is a juggling act with family, work and self-care. A helpful thing to remember is, to look after your family and function well at work, you need to have your cup full. If it is not, they are not getting the best part of you, or something will always suffer.
I understand very well how mum guilt plays out, however, the more we know how regular self-care feels for our wellbeing, we are less likely to go without. I started with little bits of self-care and extended it over time. Then I understood how it made me function better as a mum, wife and business owner and the guilt disintegrated.
We need to look after our emotional wellbeing like we brush our teeth every day. If we don’t brush our teeth, we get cavities. If we don’t self-care, we get burned out or sick. Self-care is a priority that most go without, as most feel that by going without, we are serving others more powerfully and selflessly. But really, it is being ‘self-less’ to not self-care. So, make your care a priority and schedule in a piece of ‘you’ time now. Start with achievable amounts once per week and then increase as needed.”
If you’re currently struggling with work-life balance, feel free to reach out to Natasha at www.natashablackco.com