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Mind Matters | Doing my best

Mind Matters | Doing my best

Balancing work and home responsibilities can be difficult but it’s something I strive for every day. The stress often gets to me. I want to effectively navigate the challenges of balancing work demands while being available for my children. I want to ensure they have a healthy and supportive environment for their overall well-being. What can I do?

 Answered by Rishav Koirala, researcher and physiatrist

 Balancing work and supporting your children at the same time can be a real challenge. A smart strategy is to figure out your priorities and set clear boundaries between work and family time to keep stress in check.

Quality time with your kids matters more than just quantity. Doing activities together that build a strong connection and help your kids grow emotionally is important. Take care of yourself too. Make sure you exercise, do things that relax your mind, and get enough sleep too. A happy and healthy parent can provide better support than a stressed and irritated one.

Open communication with your children about your work schedule is key. Being flexible in how you handle work and family is important. Share responsibilities at home and work, and build a support system of friends and family who can lend a hand when things get overwhelming. Look for new ways to blend work and family life when possible.

If things get tough and you are unable to deal with it, family therapy can be a helpful option. When things seem to be going out of control, seeking advice from a professional shows your commitment to personal growth and your family’s well-being.

It’s not just about managing time but understanding what matters to you. Good communication, flexibility, and having a strong support system are the keys to finding a balance between work and supporting your children.


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