5. Ask for help and reach out to other parents
Communicate with your colleagues, especially those with children. There are so many parents of young children but a lot of them are probably not communicating with each other. Try to build relationships with them so you can support each other.
You could even set up a parenting network with your colleagues to share advice and help each other find solutions. You could also reach out to friends, family and neighbours for support with childcare or to set up a car-pooling system.
Along with this, try to open up if you’re struggling. Looking after our mental health and stress levels are so important, especially when you’re a working parent. Talking to someone is the best place to start – whether that’s a trusted colleague, your manager, a mental health first aider or someone in your HR team.
6. Establish clear boundaries
Making sure you disconnect from work as much as possible when you’re at home is hugely important for looking after your wellbeing and managing your stress. This means sticking to your set working hours and turning off your email notifications when you’re not working.
Although it often doesn’t feel enjoyable, commuting to and from work can actually help you to separate your work and personal lives. It gives you some much needed time to switch off from work so by the time you get home, you’ll be ready to give your family your undivided attention.
If you work from home, it can be a bit more difficult to create that separation. However, you could try to go for a walk before and after work or pack your work items away at the end of each day to help delineate the boundaries between home and work life.
Most importantly, for successful work-life balance, give whatever you’re doing your full attention. When you lead a busy life, remember that the quality of the time you spend in a specific area is much more important than the quantity. When you’re at home, try to be present with your children and make the most of the time you get with your family.
More information on Mental Health Awareness Week can be found here.