A recenty study by Cigna found that women in the workplace are more stressed than men, and that caring responsibilites are one of the roles heaping pressure on working women. So far so not very surprising. BUT! the most alarming part is the rate at which working women’s basic self care needs are not being met - with women noticably more likely than men to lack quality sleep and a healthy diet for example.
Naming things in a meaningful way is hard. Babies, pets, types of lego bricks that your 5yo is desperate to find but you have no clue what a ‘flat glowy two-er with a slidy-part’ looks like (in case you’re wondering, in our house that’s this but in translucent neon yellow).
This 5 year old little lovely is Super Lady. Super Lady comes out on special occasions, like parties, or when called upon to face big challenges, like y’know tasting barley for the first time or using a noisy hand drier.
We’ve all been there. Life is busy for us parents, some would say organised chaos. Stuff going wrong is an inevitable part of day to day working parent stress. But with a few subtle changes we can try to head off problems before they happen. But what can we do?
We’re all familiar with the idea that unless we look after ourselves as parents, we’re not gonna be the best we can be for our little ones. But is it realistic to simply order yourself a time out to ‘take time for you’, ‘take up a new hobby’ or ‘implement a luxurious nighttime skincare routine’?