Words of encouragement for working moms who are feeling the grind
Far too many working moms are feeling the grind, and they need some encouragement to stay the course.
Being a working mom means you are constantly on the go and have little or no downtime. It can be tough to live this way, especially if you feel unappreciated. So, for working moms who are on the edge or feeling the grind, know that you are not alone.
While this may not be much of a consolation, I want you to know that I see you, and I hear you. If you feel like the grind is getting to you and you need a little boost, you will find some in this post.
Ready for a little pick me up? Let’s look at some words of encouragement for working moms.
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1. RECOGNIZE THAT EVERYONE NEEDS SOME ENCOURAGEMENT
Maybe you already know this, but if you don’t, I want you to know that everyone needs some encouragement. It is not a sign of weakness if you are struggling as a working mom or you are in need of some motivation.
The fact is, lots of moms were pretty excited when they began this journey, but along the way, reality set in, and they realized how challenging life as a working mom can be.
I know many of you love your jobs and your families but you struggle to find the right balance. This can cause you to feel like a failure, and that can be discouraging.
So, if you find yourself in a place where you feel unhappy or discouraged, know that it is totally normal, and you just need to find a way out of it.
But, the first step is to recognize that it is okay to need some encouragement, and it’s okay to receive it when it is given.
2. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WORKING MOMS: LIFE IS BETTER BECAUSE OF YOU
Have you ever considered what your family’s life would look like without you? Whether you recognize it or not, you make life better for your family.
It doesn’t matter whether your income is a small or large part of your family’s income. Your contribution is invaluable because it makes life a little (or a lot) more comfortable for everyone.
It’s easy to think that what you are doing is not important, but that is not true at all. Being a working mom is making a difference whether you can see it or not.
Sometimes, when I feel a bit discouraged, I remind myself that I am making a difference and doing what counts. It helps me to put things in perspective. Of course, it helps if you feel appreciated by those around you. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen for everyone.
Some working moms don’t get the appreciation they deserve. They are taken for granted, or worse, made to feel like they are not doing enough.
If you are a working mom in this situation, I want you to look inwards and appreciate yourself. You are doing a good job, and you should feel proud of yourself.
3. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO A PERFECT JOB
I know there are some of you who are perfectionists. You are not happy unless things are done a certain way. You have set a standard for yourself and anything less is unacceptable.
Let me give you a friendly piece of advice from someone who has been there and done that. Being perfect is not a prerequisite for a happy or fulfilled life. You can bring so much peace and joy into your life if you learn to relax just a little bit.
Now, for the moms who feel inadequate because they are not perfect or think they are doing a poor job, know that you don’t have to be perfect, and you are good enough.
With that said, let me say that this doesn’t mean you should stop trying to improve your life. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set goals or aim for something better. You should!
Goal setting should be a big part of a working mom’s life because it keeps you motivated, and can help you manage your time.
When I talk about perfectionism, what I am talking about is putting yourself under unnecessary pressure. Trying to be like someone else or doing things the same way as another mom, even when it’s unrealistic for you.
Working moms are at different stages of life. Some have young kids and babies, others have older kids. The same advice probably won’t work for all these moms. So, always tailor your expectations and demands to suit your circumstances.
Don’t set goals you know will be hard to achieve or have unrealistic expectations. They only lead to disappointment and a feeling of failure. Always, always, set yourself up for success and not failure. That’s one of the most important rules for a busy working mom.
So, go ahead, set goals, find ways to make your life better, keep improving, but know that you don’t have to be perfect or have all the answers to do a great job.
4. YOU HAVE WORKED HARD TO BE WHERE YOU ARE
When I think about words of encouragement for a working mom, I think about some of the things I’d like to hear from someone else. And, this is one of the things I’d like to hear.
Yes, I worked hard to be where I am today, and I shouldn’t forget it or take it for granted.
If you are feeling the grind, feel overwhelmed, or are thinking of quitting, you gotta remember how far you have come. Think about all the sacrifices you made to get where you are today.
Whether it was trying to find a job, finding a reliable babysitter, going back to work after only two weeks of maternity leave, or doing everything you can to juggle work and family responsibilities, you have made a lot of sacrifices to keep your life together.
That’s what you have to remember when you feel discouraged. You did what you had to because you believed it was worth it. You need to keep believing that.
Believe that everything will work out for good and your labor won’t be in vain. That’s what I tell myself when I start losing my sense of purpose. What I am doing has a lot of meaning, and I worked hard to get here.
So, wherever you are in life right now, remember you worked hard to get where you are. And, if you are in a place you don’t like, remember, you can also work hard to go to where you wanna be. If you need some motivation, check out Simple Ways to Boost Your Working Mom Motivation. You will find lots of tips for staying motivated.
5. YOUR GOALS AND NEEDS MATTER TOO
As a working mom, I try my best to do a good job, which means I often put my needs last or postpone some of my goals. While that is fine within reason, it becomes a problem if I totally ignore my needs or forego everything that is important to me.
Wanting to care and provide for your family is admirable, but it needs to be balanced with self-interest.
Lots of moms are plagued with guilt for one reason or the other. They feel guilty for working, not spending enough time with their kids, or missing some school activities.
Unfortunately, when you are working with limited time, it’s impossible to do everything or be everywhere. Sometimes, you have to say no to your family so you can devote some time to your goals or interests. Your goals or needs are valid too and you don’t have to feel guilty about them.
If you have been neglecting your needs or your goals, then it’s time to make changes. You can’t be truly fulfilled or happy if your needs are not being met. So, the next time you feel a pang of guilt for taking care of yourself or spending time or money on yourself, remember that your needs matter too and you are smart to pay attention to them.
6. YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK
As far as I am concerned, moms are the most resilient people on the planet. Kids are pretty resilient too, so I guess it is a close call.
Working moms put in a lot of effort to keep life running smoothly. They often have to bounce back from lots of disappointments and failures, yet they don’t quit because they take their responsibilities seriously.
I have had days when I felt so tired and stressed. I didn’t know how I would get through the day, but I did because I realized that I am stronger than I think.
It is the same for you mama. You are stronger than you know. Yes, you have to believe that. Even when you feel like you have reached your breaking point, you still have a lot of strength you can draw on.
Don’t feel discouraged because things are not going as planned or as well as you’d like. You have what it takes to keep pushing on and fighting for your dream.
So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath, take a break if you can, and get back in the fight because you are not done just yet.
7. IT’S OKAY TO LOVE YOUR JOB
I have been in discussions with other moms about why they work and if they’d rather be stay-at-home moms. I find these discussions interesting because you get to hear a myriad of opinions. Of course, they can get heated too.
Some moms enjoy their jobs and can’t imagine not working, while others would rather stay home with their kids because they want to raise their children and don’t want to miss out on any milestone. Both options are valid and you shouldn’t have to explain or defend your choice.
Now, for the mom who loves her job, it is okay to do that. You don’t have to feel guilty or justify your choice to others. If you think you are a better mom if you spend some time away from your kids, then go for it.
You have worked hard to get where you are, and as long as you enjoy your job or enjoy working, there’s no reason to stop.
I know it can be hard if you are facing some opposition because of your career. However, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your career goals. Just find a way to deal with the opposition (if you can’t completely ignore it), and keep on being a fab mom.
You are living your dream and you shouldn’t be made to feel guilty about it.
Closing thoughts on encouragement to working moms on the edge
The life of a working mom is not always easy, but it can be an enjoyable and fulfilling one.
Lots of working moms feel a little discouraged because of how challenging life can be, but a little encouragement can go a long way.
If you are a working mom who feels tired and discouraged, I hope after reading this post you feel uplifted and motivated.
Just keep doing what you are doing, make changes to improve your life, don’t feel like you have to do a perfect job, and remember, you have worked hard to get where you are.
Stay encouraged mama!
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