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You Know You Need A Better Work/Life Balance When…

More mums than ever are returning to work and juggling a seemingly superhuman daily schedule.  So how do you know when you've got the balance right?  

You daydream at work about taking naps with your toddler…

If you’re falling asleep at your desk then make sure you don’t skip that breakfast boost before you run out of the door.  ‘Try scrambled egg on wholemeal toast, says nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed. ‘This will provide you long lasting energy because the carbohydrates in wholemeal foods are released slowly.’

When going to work feels like a holiday…

Secretly feeling relief when you leave the house in the morning is normal – every mum needs a break at some point, so enjoy it and you'll appreciate time with your baby even more.

 Coffee is pretty much the only thing keeping you upright…

You went to bed just before midnight, now you’re up at 2am for a late night feed. And again half an hour later. Now its 6am and you’ve got to get up for work so mombie brain kicks in. Zoe Hellman, nutritionist and head of public health at WeightWatchers, agrees that eating right is key to de-zombification. ‘Focus on foods that will nourish you, and give you lots of sustainable energy and a good complexion,’ she says. ‘Whizz up fruit and vegetables into smoothies and soups and store them in the fridge for simple, healthy snacks. Low-fat yoghurt, couscous and eggs are your nutritious friends.’

You’re working but constantly on the phone to the nanny…

Yes, you know what's best for your baby, but as long as you don't have reason to be worried and you trust your nanny, you'll save your sanity (and hers) by letting her do her job - occasionally. She may not do things perfectly, but if you try to do everything yourself – or from your desk on a conference call - you’ll just get stressed, so breathe and let her help you out. #emosh 

You’re calling your baby ‘boss’ and your boss ‘baby’…

Gone are the days of that awkward moment when you call the teacher ‘mum’ but getting the chief confused with your child in conference can be mortifying.  #awks 

You’d rather go to sleep rather than have sex…

Up all night and not getting lucky?  As a working mum, resting your head on the pillow means only one thing – sleep.  But juggling kids and a job doesn’t need to spell the end of your sex life.  ‘Reconsider intimacy – you don’t have to have full intercourse,’ says sex and relationship author Dr. Yvonne Fulbright, founder of website Sexuality Source.  ‘A quickie during naptime is often recommended and if that works for you, then great.’

When you get emotional at the smallest thing…

Powerpoint presentation reduced you to tears, and your boss thinks you’re an emotional wreck?  You need to learn to juggle your hormones as well as your work and home life.  ‘The increase of empathy mothers experience is something that can’t be underestimated,’ says clinical psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg. ‘Throughout pregnancy, and immediately after birth, your brain undergoes some enormous changes. While it used to be thought 
that motherhood had a detrimental effect on mental function – so-called  “baby brain” – it seems that, actually, it purposely rewires to make us better at multi-tasking, and to enhance our natural empathy and motivation to care.’

You need to be creative but all you can think about at work is your toddler’s missing comforter…

‘A half-hour swim at lunch to think outside a work environment can be more productive than two hours at your desk trying to have that light-bulb moment,’ says Clare Hopkins, co-founder of beauty brand Balance Me. ‘I also bounce ideas off other people, even those in different industries, because they can show you how to approach something in a fresh way.’
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?  Let us know in the comment box below.

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