No, this isn’t an article about losing weight, going vegan, or anything along those lines – although there is merit in them (if that’s your thing).

This article is about staying sane, and staying happy. Here are five things you can do for yourself to help you keep things ticking along at home and at work (even when you don’t enjoy every part of being a working mum).

1. Chill out

This is quite subjective, so only you will know what you like to do when you relax. For some mums, escaping into a good book is just the perfect way to chill, but for other that’s the last thing you want to do after a day of reading documents and email…more reading seems like punishment! You’re might be watching some car-crash TV; head off to YouTube and have a good laugh at the X Factor rejects, or Britain’s Got ‘No’ Talent video clips.

2. Do some exercise

Whether it’s yoga, or going running any attempt at exercise when you’re stressed and unhappy will release feel-good hormones into your body (endorphins), which will help to perk up your mood.

3. Have lunch with friends

A good gossip over coffee or lunch with a friend or relative can take your mind off things. Remember the good old days when you’d sit for hours chatting and having a laugh? Well, schedule some time in; you never know, you could be helping someone else out, too.

4. Have a lie-in

Sometimes, sleep deprivation over a long period of time can start to show strains in our moods. In a survey by Mother and Baby magazine, 82% of working mums said that lack of sleep affected their performance and output at work. Also, 550% of mums in the same survey said that tiredness made them irritated by their baby, and 70% felt irritated by their baby’s cries.

So, sleep is important to your wellbeing. If you’re really struggling, negotiate a lie-in with your partner, so you can recharge your batteries. If that’s not possible, it’s time to call in the favours: godparents, aunties and uncles to the rescue… or pay a babysitter.

5. Time to get away

Sometimes, a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. You can either go with your other half, as a family or alone; you decide what will be most beneficial to you. They might appreciate you more when you come home, or you may miss them so much that you start to enjoy spending time with your family again.

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