Take Time Out
Being a Mum is a busy occupation, whether
you mix it with business or not. It is very easy for Mums to run around after
everyone else day after day, unless they consciously decide to look after
Looking after yourself just means making
some time for things you want to do; it might be five minutes with a coffee and
a magazine every day or a whole day shopping once a fortnight, it might be a monthly dinner with girls friends or a
weekly dance class. As long as it is for you, then it is a valid use of your
Remember that even a few minutes can
refresh you enough to go on.
Mums are also people and entitled to some
peace and happiness in their lives, but if you find it hard to believe that or
follow through on your own happiness, here are some other reasons why you
should take some breaks for yourself.
You can only work for so long before you
get tired. Once you are tired, it is easier to make mistakes and not absorb
information. Obviously, it will then take you more time to rectify your errors
and get back on track.
Any aspect of your work that requires
physical repetition (eg looking at a screen for hours, typing, bending over a
craft table, smiling at customers) will lead to those muscles becoming
strained. Taking regular breaks gives those muscles a rest and makes sure you
can work effectively for longer. Without breaks, you may last three or four
hours without a problem; taking five minutes breaks throughout the day could
let you work well for eight or nine hours.
Doing the same tasks day in and day out
will stagnate your mind. To be creative and think of new ways to do things, you
need to experience variety in your life.
Thinking about something totally different,
be it admiring a beautiful garden or reading a fiction book, will freshen your
mind. It is surprising how a solution or new idea will pop up during a quick
break after hours of trying to find one at work.
Creativity is important in every business;
it is creativity that will find you new ways to market yourself, to carry out
procedures and new directions for your business. Donít leave creativity to the
artists and craftspeople, all business people need it.
Do you want your daughter to grow up and
wear herself out without enjoying life? Do you want your son to expect such
things of his wife?
Now is the time to teach them how women can
look after themselves without being selfish or neglecting their family. Your
children will watch you and absorb your behaviour and attitudes as appropriate
for Mothers, so make it something you want them to copy.
Next time you think of staying up to
midnight to do the ironing and make school lunches, think about alternative
ways of doing things. Maybe you can get the other family members to help more
at home or change your priorities; is it more important you get time out or
have the house spotless all the time?
If you work around the house, with the
children and in your business all the time, you are going to get emotionally
and physically worn out. This is likely to lead to you feeling unwell and
catching more colds and illnesses.
Then what? You either have to struggle on
feeling worse or the family and business live without you for a few days.
By taking breaks and getting help where
possible, you will keep healthy and happy. Regular breaks can keep you out of a
sick bed, which is good for everyone.
Have you ever been stuck talking to someone
with only one topic of conversation? Boring and tiring isnít it?
If you spend all your time working and
rushing around for the kids, you risk becoming just as boring to other people,
including clients. Conversations are more lively and interesting if you have
read a book, seen a movie, been to a new place and so on. Even a walk around
the block will give you something to talk about it, although it may just be the
It is very hard to give and give to others
and not become resentful if you donít have your own enjoyments and releases.
On a purely business level, if you work all
the time and have no fun, you may not be so cheery with customers and miss out
on building good will with them. BY giving yourself time to relax, you maintain
a happier state of mind and will attract more word of mouth advertising.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
business, as well as doing other business documentation projects. You can see
her site and services at www.wordconstructions.com