Photography by Margarita Karenko
Since the beginning of the year I’ve been working as a stylist at Try Tuesday the online styling service at M&S. The job is amazing and it’s great to be working again but going back to a full time job was a complete change not just for me but for the family. So I thought I would share a few tips that help me get through the working week along with being a mum.
Firstly, I have a great support network including my mother-in-law who takes care of the girls whilst we both work. It puts my mind at ease as they love being with her. So tip number one if you have friends and family willing to help out with kids accept the offer, even if it’s just for an hour to give yourself time to work, recharge or whatever.
Plan your outfit the night before
Feeling put together is important to me and gives me confidence to do my role. If something doesn’t feel quite right then I won’t feel good all day. So plan it the night before so you don’t spend the morning throwing your entire wardrobe contents on the floor. Plus trying to get out of the house on time in the morning with children is not always easy so you need to make life as easy as possible!
Get an online food shop
Planning your meals for the week ahead just takes the hassle out of what to have for dinner! Factor in snacks and extras for kids too, so your cupboards are always full.
Shower in the evening
I simply don’t have time for a shower in the morning so I wash my hair the night before work. Plus it feels good to wash off the day and de-stress!
Find time for yourself & your partner
Being parents often feels like being in a tag team, especially when there’s more than one child. When one sleeps the other is awake, when one is eating the other one is having a meltdown and so on. Each day is tiring and so it’s important to take time out just as a couple and have the odd date night. It’s also just as important to have time to yourself even if it’s just a walk, or a bath when the kids are in bed so you have time to be with your own thoughts and recharge or take up a hobby that you love. This will make you a better partner and parent and benefit your own mental health.
Hope you found this useful, or course life is a balancing act and there are times when routine and pre-planning goes out of the window, but for the most part these little tips have made my life easier.