This week’s Friday Favorites continues with our wellness theme, today it’s mental health- particularly for women. I’m getting a little personal here, but that’s okay…I’m an open book.
I’m sure that you’ve heard about “Work-life balance.” Have you attained it? If so, congrats. But if you’re like me and many moms out there, it’s a constant battle.
I recently read Jen Berson’s blog, Work-Life Balance is Bull$h*t. There, I Said it. All I have to say is that she rocks! Here’s how she starts off the piece: “Alright, unpopular opinion time: There’s no such thing as work/life balance. Anyone who says they have achieved the perfect balance in their personal & professional lives is full of BS.” -Jen Berson.
Thank you Jen! Finally, someone who speaks the truth. Now us moms don’t have to feel like we’ve failed because we’re constantly striving to maintain this so called “work/life balance.” You know what… it’s hard and we need to stop trying to be perfect.
Jen is the owner of Jeneration PR and a mom. She has the same struggles that we all have. What I loved about her blog is that says for us to stop focusing on what we Aren’t doing, and pay attention to what we Are doing. She is so right. Imagine if you wrote down everything that you did that day versus didn’t do. Focus on the positive. Focus on what you have accomplished that day.
As moms we put so much pressure on ourselves. We feel that we should look and act a certain way, have the perfect birthday party for our kids, volunteer at school, make meals with organic, grass fed, non-hormone, and gluten free food etc. At work we tell ourselves that we have to be the best. We strive to achieve perfection.
Jen goes on to say “Instead of constantly seeking a perfect 50/50 balance between the work that you do and the life that you lead, make a commitment to stay present and focused on wherever you are and whatever needs your attention in a given moment.” -Jen Berson. Perfect, stay in the present. It’s hard, and for me it’s really hard. But, I’m doing it and it’s made me a better mom and business owner. I suggest that you try it too. To read Jen’s full blog, click here.