Being a working mum can be quite stressful. Whilst it feels like you get the best of both worlds, sometimes it can be a real struggle as you seem to be constantly rushing around trying to do a million things at once.
When I am at work, I make my time count and get through as much as I can during my working hours because when 3.59pm comes around I know I need to leave at 4pm sharp so that I can catch my connections to be back home for 5pm to takeover from my mother-in-law. This usually means a bit of a mad dash to the station to hop on the tube, then a train before picking up the car and negotiating traffic to get home.
Once through the door “mum mode” takes place. The boys are usually already fed (thankfully) so it gives me some time to catch up on what they have been up to at school and nursery, help with reading/homework etc before a quick play, bath, story and bed time.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there. I then cook dinner for Mr H and I before finally sitting down to
relax for a couple of hours catch up on blogging/social media. This is my routine for the week and it’s certainly busy and can sometimes be quite hectic.
Manage your everyday stress
Stress affects us all and usually by the time we recognise it, it’s too late – we have already shouted at our children/lost our patience. However, there are devices that can help us manage stress.
PIP is a personal stress management tool. Used together with apps it lets you measure, understand and help you learn to manage stress levels.
The PIP measures emotional stress through heart rate, respiration and perspiration. By holding the PIP biosensor whilst accessing one of PIP’s apps (either on your smartphone or tablet) it can measure your electrodermal activity (EDA) so you can see and control your stress levels. Regular use of the PIP device allows you to train yourself to manage and modify your behaviour which can improve your health and well-being.