Balancing Work and Motherhood: Tips for Working Moms

Being a working mother can be both rewarding and challenging. Juggling a career and family responsibilities can leave little time for self-care, which can lead to stress and burnout. However, with some planning and a few helpful tips, it is possible for working mothers to balance work and motherhood and prioritize their mental health and well-being.

Prioritizing Self-Care

One of the most important things working mothers can do is prioritize self-care. This means taking time out of your busy schedule to engage in activities that promote mental and physical health, such as catching up on sleep, eating a healthy, balanced meal, exercise, meditation, or spending time with friends. Remember that taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a necessity; it can help you feel more energized and productive.

Creating a Schedule

Balancing work and motherhood means identifying priorities and scheduling your time accordingly. By creating a schedule, you can meet your responsibilities without feeling overwhelmed. Make sure to set aside time for work, family and yourself. Once you find your balance, it will be easier to incorporate additional commitments.

Seeking Support

Working mothers should not be afraid to seek support. A support system can help working mothers feel less alone and more empowered to care for their mental health and well-being. This can come in many forms, such as enlisting the help of family or friends: remember it takes a community to raise a child, it is okay to ask for help. You could also consider hiring a babysitter or joining a support group of mothers with children of similar ages.

Communicating with Your Employer

Communicating with your employer is also important for balancing work and motherhood. Many companies are beginning to recognize the importance of work-life balance, and may be willing to make adjustments to support working mothers. Be honest about your needs and limitations, and see if your employer is open to flexible work arrangements, in-house day care facilities, flexi-hours, work from home days or other accommodations.

Being Kind to Yourself

Remember that no one is perfect, and it is okay to make mistakes or feel overwhelmed sometimes. Be gentle with yourself, be forgiving when things don’t go as planned. You can better prioritize your mental health and well-being by being kind to yourself.


Balancing work and motherhood can be challenging, but with some planning and a focus on self-care and support, it is possible to find balance and prioritize mental health and well-being. Remember to be kind to yourself and don’t hesitate to seek support when needed.