5 Tips to Maintain a Work-Life Balance... with Newborns
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Trying to maintain a work-life balance is something that can be very hard to do in the first place even for those who do not have children. However, when children are added to the picture it can make things even harder - especially newborns.
So, if you are someone who has just had a new baby you will find these five tips to maintain a work-life balance with newborns very beneficial.
Schedule Family Time into Your Schedule
Newborns need a lot of attention. However, at the same time we understand that not all parents are able to work from home so they can have flexible schedules while being able to be with their kids at the same time. For those who go to office jobs you can also adjust your schedule to fit your needs.
For example, if you have one day off a week and alternate weekends you could schedule those days to spend to with your newborn then on the days you work you could schedule in two to three hours for your newborn each day that would be interruption free. Besides, when babies are newborns it is very important that parents get their bonding time in with them.
Get Rid of Your Time Wasting Activities
When you have a newborn they should be your first priority. Children grow up way to fast so if you do not spend a good amount of time with them when they are babies you are going to regret it when they are older because you have missed out on all of the special memories.
If you have activities that you participate in that add no value to your life drop them. For example, if you hang back at work every day for an hour gossiping with your co-worker you are participating in something that adds no value to your life and missing out on valuable time that could be being spent with your baby.
Get Help with Errands
If errands are taking away too much time for you and your newborn it may be time for you to rethink them. For example, you do not always have to cut your grass sometimes you could allow the neighborhood kid to do so. Not to mention the fact that if you have other friends or family with children you guys could trade errands from time to time. For example, one week you could do the shopping for both you and your friend so they could have time with their baby and the following week they could return the favor.
Studies have shown that exercise can give people the energy and motivation that they need to make it through the day. So, if you are someone who has been finding yourself too tired to give your newborn the time that they need and desire try exercising and you will find your energy level increase. Instead your baby tiring you out you will be the one tiring your baby out.
The most important way that parents are able to balance their work and home lives when they have newborns is remembering to take time out to relax and have some “me” time to them. Without relaxation you will find yourself stressed and in some cases parents even find themselves dealing with depression.
Strictly working and taking care of your family is something that can be very unhealthy because we all need time when we can unwind. This may be something as simple as taking a shower that is longer than five minutes or reading a chapter out of your favorite book.
Just do not neglect yourself.
Author Bio: Charles Henry works for RentersInsurance.net a company that specializes in renters insurance within the state of Florida. Charles knows how hard it is to balance work and personal life with a newborn first hand.