Being a mom is literally the best job I’ve ever been blessed with. It’s such a joy to care for and raise my sweet little girls and they bring such joy to my heart every single day. That all being said, I should also mention that being a mom is also the hardest job I’ve ever been blessed with. There’s nothing easy about feeling like you’re a fish out of water during those newborn days and there’s nothing easy about trying to teach your 7-year-old what to say and do when they’re being bullied at school. Each age and stage comes with it’s own multitude of difficulties and it’s just all about enjoying the moment you’re in and navigating through it all with a little bit of confidence. You know, fake it till you make it, right?
My other job, as most of you know, is a Registered Nurse. I’ve been an RN for going on 4 years now this month. I worked so hard to become a nurse and faced so many struggles along the way, but all of that hard work and all of those hoops I had to jump through were 110% worth it. Being a nurse is a lot like being a mother and speaks perfectly to my Myers Briggs personality type: ESFJ. Both jobs just suit me and who I am through and through. Caring for people is kinda my thing and I get a lot of fulfillment by doing so.
Now, being a nurse and a mom together, while it’s fulfilling my need to care for others, doing both day in and day out can be extremely draining. I find myself getting a little burnt out at times between the constant chores, running Alea to activities, meal planning and prepping, running errands, my commute to work, working with sometimes difficult patients and the occasional workplace drama. Y’all, sometimes I just plain forget to care for myself and that is not okay.
This year, one of my resolutions was to stay on top of things at home and become more organized with how I run my home and keep things organized during the work week. Also, I’d love to make more time for myself and the things that I love to do.
I despise saying that “out loud” because I feel like it sounds so selfish and I’m scared people are going to think that I don’t want to spend time with my kids or I don’t want to care for my patients. That is the case at all. I just completely believe in caregiver stress and it’s so easy to fall into that as a mother and as a nurse.
1. Use a Planner & Make Lists: I’m a big believer in calendars and planners and all the lists! My life would literally not run normally without all of the above. I write out the activities, bills due, and meals for the week, along with my work schedule and sometimes Cory’s work schedule, too. It just helps to have it all down on paper and when it’s in my planner I’m far less likely to forget to do something important.
2. Meal Plan & Meal Prep: I’ve been meal planning and meal prepping very consistently since August and it’s something that’s just become a normal part of my weekend. It takes a good couple of hours, but it saves me time during the week to have my work lunches made, some veggies roasted for Mckenna, ground beef browned for things like spaghetti sauce or tacos, and lunches ready for Alea for school. And the best part? You do dishes all at once and that means less dishes during the week, too. Also, utilizing the planner tip above, make sure to write down what you’ll be making for dinner each night. Just needing to think about what I’ll make for dinner causes me too much stress during the work day and makes me more likely to make something quick and easy with less satiety and nutrients potential than a healthy home cooked meal would.
3. Lay Out Your Clothes for the Week: As a matter of fact, it’s even more helpful to lay out clothes for everyone. I have organizers similar to this one in the girls’ closets and I place an outfit in each of the slots so they have their outfits all laid out and ready to go for the week. I also do the same with my scrubs. I wear the same color scrubs everyday and picking out my work clothes isn’t that big of a deal, but having them all ready to go so I don’t even have to think about it makes a huge difference. I just love when my Smitten Scrubs are perfectly folded & ready to go for the week!
4. Wake Up Earlier: I know, I know. I can hear the groans. You’re a mom and you’re tired. Why would you want to wake-up earlier, right? Well my friends, I started waking up around 4:15am to get my workout out of the way and that leaves me with a little extra time to do a quick chore like put away laundry or empty the dishwasher before I leave in the morning. Not having to do those dishes or put away those clothes when I get home from work? That’s the best! And that means I get to spend more time with my girls before bedtime.
5. Break Up the Chores: One thing that really stinks about being a working mom that works outside of the home, is that a lot of the chores that I need to get done every week end up getting done on the weekends. My weekends are precious time that I’d much rather spend with my girls, relaxing, or on activities that I find much more enjoyable than vacuuming and cleaning toilets. (So basically any activity!) I try and do a few loads of laundry during the week and I also try to stay on top of the dishes. Since we have two dogs, I also vacuum every other day. It probably doesn’t seem like much, but it decreases the amount of time I’m spending on those chores during the weekend!
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always feel so sane, but the tips above really make a difference in my life and really help me to stay on top of things. I hope that you find a takeaway or two from those tips and can help make your days a little easier and your weekends a little more relaxing.
Now let’s talk about the scrubs you’ve been eyeing throughout this post! These scrubs are my new favorite. Hands down. I’ve talked about these scrubs on the blog HERE and HERE, but this style is completely rocking my world. I feel like I’m wearing pajamas– super soft, comfy pajamas that I can actually leave the house in without getting the side eye. If you need to wear scrubs at all for your profession, you should definitely check out the Smitten Scrubs brand. The fabric feels like it will last and hold up well and being that they are made by Landau, that I wear regularly, I know that the fabric won’t fade– and that’s huge when it comes to the navy blue pants that I’m required to wear for work.
These Smitten Scrubs also come in a large variety of sizes to fit any body size and shape and I love that they’re not only cute and fashionable, but they’re also extremely functional as well! Perfect for any nurse, vet tech, dental hygienist, nursing assistant and essentially all of those that are lucky enough to get to wear scrubs to their job everyday! If you’re hoping to find yourself a pair, head over to their site and check out their store locator to find some near you or you can order online, as well!
Are you a working mom? What are your secrets to staying sane through all the hustle and bustle of your work week?