The Ultimate Goal is Simple Living and Being the Simple Mom, Yes?
It seems like there is no rest for the weary, and the weary person is usually Mom or Mompreneur. Moms and Moms in business do it all, but who takes care of them? If you are a busy Mom & Mompreneur, you can learn to value yourself as a person and how to de stress with more simple living, and being the simple mom with scheduled personal time.
Simple living with personal time is a right of being a person. Each of us has the capacity to nurture others but that type of care takes its toll.
A car is filled with gas to make it run. Eventually the gas runs out, and your car won’t move unless the car is replenished with fuel. The same goes for you as the simple mom.
Emotional issues can develop when you don’t take the time to attend to them, not to mention the physical results of emotional neglect. Also, when the Simple Mom has personal neglect, she has business neglect.
The Simple Mom escape refuels the tank so that you can give to your family and kids, as well as yourself and business in equal measure. Don’t be ashamed to sit for fifteen minutes doing nothing.
Relaxing in a hammock under a tree is the perfect getaway from the pressures of the day. Reading a book for 30 minutes can also seem like heaven to many moms.
Here are 6 tips to help you learn The Simple Mom Living, and fit in much needed “Simple Mom” time:
Simple Mom Living #1. Laugh at regular intervals. Keep a funny calendar cube on your desk or subscribe to a daily joke site. Laughing releases pressure, and can lift your spirits significantly. It also keeps the abs tight.
Simple Mom Living #2. Take exercise breaks. When you get a few minutes, the last thing you want to do is exercise but getting a little physical activity in your day has far-reaching implications. Exercise helps you to think clearly and stretches the muscles. Also, pressure will drain away as powerful endorphins are released into your system. Do jumping jacks during a television commercial, or jog to the bus stop to pick up the kids.
Simple Mom Living #3. Get up early if you have to. When you have kids, the day begins at a hurried pace. Once you hit the ground running, there is no stopping you. Waking 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time means quiet solitude to drink your coffee, read a book, meditate, or listen to music.
Simple Mom Living #4. Turn ordinary experiences into major events. When you take a bath, add candles, bubble bath, quiet music and/or an inflatable bath pillow. Your regular bath has now become a spa level experience. If you watch a movie, turn out the lights, pop a bag of microwave popcorn and curl up on the couch.
Simple Mom Living #5. Use the Boy Scout motto. Always be prepared and you can spend more of your day in a relaxed mode. Fix lunches the night before. Make your business daily checklist. Iron clothes for the next day for the kids, and place backpacks by the front door, so kids can grab them on their way out.
The fewer things you have to do throughout the day, the calmer you will be with your family and kids, and not experience Mom burnout.
Simple Mom Living #6. Ask your significant other for help. Kids love their Moms, but time spent with dad is important too. Let them bond with dad while you go shopping for a new outfit, or root around in the garden. Since the time is yours, do whatever you like.
Moms and Mompreneurs, take care of you. Your health is important, and you family and kids would miss you if you were not around to love and be there for them. You owe it to yourself to learn living in a simple way, and you deserve a break from the daily hustle and bustle.
Try some Simple Mom Living with this relaxing video…
Now Simple Mom, let’s get to balancing family, kids and business, anxiety tips, and not comparing yourself to others.
Plus You as The Simple Mom Can Do All of This on a Budget!
Stress Management for The Simple Mom and Mompreneurs…
If there is one thing I know and deal with everyday as a Simple Mom in business, it is anxiety.
This stress felt through anxiety is just a fact of life and living in my opinion, but the trick is to figure out how to deal with it.
As a working Mom, you worry about your business ideas working, you worry about those sales coming in, you worry about your business partners being happy, you worry that you missed something, you worry that you are spending too much time on everything, and not with your husband, kids or family.
I really don’t know when I don’t have nervous knots trying to make everything go, but I try to take steps to counter the complexity to create a bit more balance.
I don’t think you can eliminate anxiety completely, being that it is a built-in response to protect you in dangerous situations, but you can find some balancing tactics as a counter-effect for your simple daily well-being as a Mom.
Anxiety is characterized as extreme reactions to fearful situations. When someone follows you into a dark alley, those anxious feelings of a racing heartbeat and sweaty palms give way to heightened senses, and a rush of adrenalin that can save your life. This is the fight or flight syndrome and that built-in protective response.
Everyone experiences panic or anxiety in small ways. Like the fight or flight example.
Here are some effective steps for managing anxiety…
Simple Living Tip #1. Get a good night’s sleep. During the sleep cycle, your body repairs itself. You feel more rested after several hours of restorative sleep, reaching the REM stage. Most people need eight hours a night, which varies within an hour or two each way.
Simple Living Tip #2. Exercise on a consistent basis. Exercise helps you to use oxygen more efficiently. It helps to get more oxygen to the brain. It also increases focus, which may help you see solutions to problems as a Mompreneur, rather than simply worrying about them.
Simple Living Tip #3. Meditate. Meditation is more than chanting mantras. Yoga is an exercise that involves quieting the mind and controlling your breathing. Simple mediation such as taking 5 minutes to clear your mind everyday can work wonders in the fight against anxiety.
Simple Living Tip #4. Manage the worry. When you feel your pulse start to quicken, count backwards from ten. As you count, focus on the situation. What has actually happened? Resist the urge to read anything more into the situation.
Simple Living Tip #5. Find some relaxing activities. Stress can rob you of your energy. On a regular basis, do something you like such as gardening, painting, reading or listening to music.
There are some of us trying to be Simple Moms who have chronic anxiety, and the fear of the moment never subsides. If you suffer from anxiety attacks more frequently, the steps above can certainly help, but you may also want to seek the help of a professional.
Self-diagnosis of any type of physical or mental condition is unwise and can be dangerous. A professional psychologist can help you understand your anxiety and prescribe treatment or other effective techniques.
Anxiety is normal, and it helps to always remind yourself of that. If you dwell on it too much, you only create more anxiety, right!
Try using the counter measures and actions spelled out above more often, and you’ll discover what works the best for you as working Moms, managing a more simple and balanced living.
Simple Living Ultimate Stress Guide for The Simple Mom and Momprenuers: Bust It By Saying No & Not Comparing…
We all know our attitudes have so much power, if we can just learn how to shape them more effectively. The talk is easy, and the practice is much harder, but here are a couple more stress busting tips that can help you get to that positive outlook.
Living as Simple Mom #1: Learn to Say No
Living as Simple Mom #2: Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
“Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
Simple Living Mom Tips for Working Moms and Mompreneurs on a Budget…
When you’re on a budget, working Moms need realistic relaxation and stress busting tips…it’s not like those Moms we see on TV…
With that in mind, let’s get to our Ultimate Simple Mom Living tips…
On a Budget Ultimate Simple Living Guide for Moms: Be Positive and Express Gratitude
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie
This is one of those questions that working moms often ask themselves. How are you going to balance work, home, family and kids?
No one is perfect at this, and no one has the perfect formula. But, there are some good tips out there on how to balance these important elements of your life.
Here are 3 Simple Mom Living Tips for Balancing Business, Home, Family and Kids for Working Moms & Mompreneurs…
Balancing Biz-Home-Family-Kids The Simple Living Tip #1. Consider an in-home babysitter or mother’s helper
This one relieves that initial pressure you feel of juggling your kids and working, when your office is right there, and you have no separation to get real work done.
Mother’s helpers can be such a help with this problem. They come to your house rather than you having to drop your kids off with them. They are cheaper than a babysitter, and your kids still stay at home with you present. The mother’s helper can help out around the house, entertain the kids, or even run short errands.
This can give you real peace of mind, knowing you can keep an eye on everything, but get work done. Everyone wants a piece of your attention, which leads us to #2 in our tips.
Balancing Biz-Home-Family-Kids The Simple Living Tip #2. Organize your time
It helps to look at time as a big pie. If you take out a piece now, that’s one less piece you’ll have later. So divide up the pie.
You can even make a pie chart of your day if you want to, but hand-written checklists, a day planner or online calendar will work just fine. This might work best if you do it weekly rather than daily. It’s up to you. I personally do daily organization.
Also, you don’t have to do your pieces of pie in this order. Just because the business working tasks are listed first here, doesn’t mean they are the most important. If kids and family time is a bigger priority for you, then list it first.
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The Simple Mom Living List:
*First, list everything you need to do for your business that week, dividing it up into urgent priorities and not-so-urgent.
*Then estimate the hours that the urgent ones will take, and plug those hours into your work week. Those are the non-optional work hours.
*Then, plug in the less-urgent business activities (maybe using a different color), so that you know those are not absolutely vital.
*After that, make a list of household chores for that week– laundry, meals, errands, etc.
*Divide those up among the non-working hours.
*Take into consideration things like weekly events (church activities, dance lessons, soccer games, etc.) that will require more laundry.
*If you can, set the weekly household task list up to repeat each week to be on “auto pilot” and won’t require re-scheduling each week. If you set it, you save yourself planning time every week.
*Make another list of family time. Think about family dinners and game nights together? What about a date with your spouse, or, if you’re single, a date with a friend? Do your kids go to school? Do you home school?
*Schedule all of these social things into your calendar, and rearrange as needed. Try substituting a non-vital business working task to spend some extra time with your kids.
Balancing Biz-Home-Family-Kids The Simple Living Tip #3. Very Important!–Give yourself time off
Realistically, as working mom, you will be working day and night. All entrepreneurs know this, but your choice of stay at home work doesn’t have to be completely created and run by you.
You can choose a direct sales route for example, that is a bit more pre-packaged and done for you, instead of something completely from scratch.
Just giving you an honest and fair warning as a business from scratch fellow working Mom and Mompreneur;)
We all know that most people working in offices get weekends off. While you may not be able to spare two whole days every week, set aside free time one day a week, where you can rest and spend time with family.
Organizing your down time can be therapeutic. It’s OK that you have to schedule it in. Even if you can only schedule a few hours here and there, it is extremely important to do it for yourself and family.
You can balance your business, family and home as a Mompreneur or working mom. It just takes a little determination and organization!
~Courtney & Betina