Balancing Work, Family and Yourself


Guest Blog by Gabriel Patel

It’s every mother’s dream to work and still be able to stay home with her children. While it can truly be the best of both worlds, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. As a matter of fact, running your own business from home is a lot more difficult. 

You’re juggling all the demands of motherhood with entrepreneurship, and that’s no walk in the park. Even if your job is a side job—a gig job—it requires a lot of work, coupled with your responsibilities to your family. It’s no wonder you find little time left for yourself. But the old saying is true: you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

Besides having amazing sportswear for women, like sports bras and athleisure that makes you look as good as you feel working out, SoloWomen also has a lot of good advice for helping you live your best life, right now. Here, they offer some tips on how you can and should put a little self-care into your day.

You Really Really Need Your Sleep

In order to maintain good health, have both energy and mental alertness, and keep stress and depression at bay, adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. And if you’re tired and need a good 20-minute power nap in the middle of the day, try a “coffee nap.” Have a cup of coffee or any caffeinated drink, then lay down. When the caffeine kicks in 20 minutes later, it wakes you and you feel less groggy than if you’d fallen asleep without the caffeine and slept longer.

Just Like You Tell Your Kids, Eat Your Veggies

Did you know that fruits and vegetables help produce serotonin? If that word sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s the chemical in your brain that makes you happy. You also get it from eating dark chocolate, but right now we’ll stick with the fruit and vegetable source. Those foods also boost your immune system and if there’s anything a parent of small children needs, it’s a robust immune system. Seriously, our children are walking, talking, germ factories and if you don’t want to catch everything going around the pre-school, a hearty immune system can act like a suit of armor. Remember the old, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” It’s really kind of true. Fruits really do boost immunity.

Take Time to Exercise

We hear you now, “But SoloWomen, it’s like I never sit down!” We get that, really. But you need a real workout that includes cardio and stretching. And no, running up the stairs to reach for the toy that went behind the washing machine isn’t the same thing. 

Scheduling a time each day that’s exclusively your workout time will soon become your favorite time of day. It’s just you and your body, and maybe a few friends if you take an in-person or online class. The important part is, you make it a task like any other you put on your calendar. It can be Zumba with a group or Yoga and Pilates on the bedroom floor or a variation of both. But it should be the same time each day and as long as you’re not sick, don’t skip a day. 

And dress it up. Make it not just a feel-good, but a look-good time of day. The right clothes not only facilitate your workout like the right leggings, but you’ll feel better about yourself when you know you’ve taken the time to look your best. And that goes for new or expecting mothers too. 

Take a Load Off Your Mind

Having a business structure that requires less paperwork, less liability by keeping your personal and business assets separate, and even having a lower tax burden can go a long way to easing any business stress. By registering your business as an LLC, you get all those benefits, plus you can do it yourself. Just be sure and check the rules with your state since they vary state-to-state.

It’s unrealistic to imagine you can “have it all.” But having your own business and getting to spend more time with your family can sure feel like it. Just don’t forget to take good care of the boss—you

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