How to Find Work-Life Satisfaction During the Holidays

As a mom focused both on her career and her family, you’re used to juggling responsibilities. Not only do you have to stay on top of work throughout the day so you have time to pick your kids up in the afternoon, but you also have to balance the needs of your family and your co-workers in specific ways.

However, the holiday season presents certain challenges that working moms may feel are too numerous or too difficult to overcome. After all, the end of the year usually brings a lot of stress with it, and you should take a step back to consider just how best to get through this hectic time of year.

Combine schedules
A lot of working moms tend to divide their attentions between work and family throughout the day. Between certain hours, kids are allowed to call them only with emergencies. However, planning for the holidays might require you to take a bit of a different approach, ABC News explained.

Combining holiday shopping and downtime at work can be a great way to knock out two birds with one stone. Instead of waiting around for a co-worker to return an email, try to do some quick Google research on potential gifts. You should also order these earlier in the day so they’re delivered to your home earlier and well ahead of Christmas.

Put on a brave face
Between hosting family get-togethers, buying presents and still managing to keep yourself going at work, the holidays can seem like the furthest things from cheerful. However, The Grindstone blog urged harried working moms to put on a “grin and bear it” mentality. Sure, the holidays can be chaotic, but they’re over before you know it. 

Take time for yourself
Though the holidays are a time for family and friends, it’s important for you to take time for yourself. Taking a few minutes every day to think about what you are grateful for and what you look forward to in 2015 can make a hectic holiday season a little brighter.

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