Superhero’s guide to balancing work, parenting, & sanity

October 8, 2023

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In the whirlwind of modern life, we often find ourselves wearing multiple capes – as parents, professionals, and guardians of our own well-being. It’s a heroic endeavour, no doubt, but even superheroes need a break from time to time. In this ultimate guide, we’ll explore some lighthearted, practical strategies to help you maintain your superpowers while preserving your sanity and embracing the delightful chaos of balancing work and parenting.

1. The Power of the Pause: Freeze-Frame Your Way to Zen

Imagine yourself in the midst of a comic book action scene, where every moment is a whirlwind of activity. Now, freeze the frame – take a mental pause. Whether you’re racing against deadlines at work or chasing after little ones at home, a moment of zen can work wonders. Sneak away for a brief respite, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let your thoughts land softly, like a superhero making a slow-motion entrance.

2. Time-Traveler Tactics: Stretching Time Like a Pro

While you can’t manipulate time itself, you can certainly stretch it to your advantage. Think of time-boxing as your trusty time-traveling device. Set clear boundaries for work, play, and self-care. During focused work intervals, channel your inner productivity wizard. But when it’s playtime, don’t be afraid to unleash your inner child – build pillow forts, engage in silly dances, and let your imagination run wild.

A woman in bed working on her laptop attempting to balance work and parenting while her daughter draws on a notebook beside her.

3. Multitasking: A Myth and a Comedy

Multitasking, the illusion of doing it all at once – it’s more like trying to herd a group of unruly cats. Embrace the hilarity of it! There will be moments when you find yourself answering emails while pretending to be a spaceship captain. And that’s perfectly fine. The universe has a way of throwing rubber chickens into our juggling acts, so why not have a good laugh about it?

4. Delegate, Don’t Deflate: Superheroes Have Sidekicks for a Reason

Even superheroes have sidekicks for a reason – they share the load! You don’t have to be a one-person show. Call in reinforcements – the grandma hotline, your partner, or trusted apps. Allow the laundry to pile up for a day and opt for a movie night instead. Remember, it’s a team effort.

5. Laughter: Your Secret Weapon Against Villainous Stress

Laughter is your ultimate anti-villain serum! Make silly faces, tell knock-knock jokes, or dance like nobody’s watching (even if little eyes are giggling). It’s your golden ticket to instant bonding, stress relief, and living life in glorious, hilarious colour.

6. Self-Care that’s Super-Cool:

Your Batcave? It could be a relaxing bubble bath. Your Bat-Signal? A good book that takes you to another world. Your secret weapon? A little “you-time.” Don’t just save the day; save yourself too! Sneak in short bursts of self-care – a soothing cup of tea or an impromptu dance party while the kids are napping.

In the ever-evolving story of balancing work, parenting, and mental health, remember that you are the author. Embrace the chaos, celebrate even the tiniest victories, and always keep a sense of humour close by. Your superpower isn’t perfection; it’s being an extraordinary, wonderfully flawed, and authentically you. So go ahead, Super Juggler, and rock that balancing act like the true superhero you are!

Looking for some more tips about returning to work? Check out more on the CAKE blog for our contribution to The Wellness Collective in a new approach for mums returning to work.

A superhero’s guide to balancing work and parenting.


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