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Unlock the Power of Self-Care: How One Overwhelmed Mum Found Balance and Energy

Updated: Jun 3, 2023

As a physician and coach for working women and mothers, I help my clients avoid burnout and overwhelm by creating a personalised plan that prioritises self-care, time management, and goal setting. My target audience consists of professional women who want it all: a thriving family life, a successful career, and personal fulfilment.

**Client Success Story** - *Names and details have been changed to protect client confidentiality*:

Let me share Sarah's story, a hardworking medical professional and single parent of two delightful primary school children. Sarah would drop her kids off at school every morning before heading to work. Due to her demanding job, Sarah's parents or sister would often pick up the kids in the afternoon. A babysitter would look after them until Sarah made it home. Sarah would rush back just in time for bedtime stories, kisses, and cuddles.

However, Sarah felt guilty - she couldn't make it to her children's daytime school events or after-school activities. So, she let her kids stay up later than usual, even though she was exhausted. On her days off, Sarah would cram in as many activities as possible to make up for her absence during the week. It's no surprise she was running on empty. With little time to exercise or cook healthy meals, she gained weight and felt self-conscious.

When Sarah came to me, she was on the verge of burnout and felt like she was failing as a mom. I asked her to keep a diary of her week, tracking everything, including time spent with her children. To her surprise, she found out she was already devoting plenty of time to her kids - but she was neglecting herself.

We identified the real problem: Sarah needed to prioritise self-care, rest, and sleep. We worked on setting boundaries for her kids' bedtime, creating a wind-down and sleep routine, and establishing a regular wake-up time. With improved sleep, Sarah became happier and more energetic and even started an exercise routine.

You see, work-life balance isn't just about juggling responsibilities; it's about finding joy and fulfilment in life. It's about having more of the things that give you an emotional reset and replenish your capacity to give. It's the type of self-care that goes beyond skin deep, revitalising your soul and reigniting your joy of living and giving.

Take a moment to think about your own life. Are you prioritising what truly matters? Work-life balance starts with taking the time to figure out what you want and making it happen. Begin with small steps and build up to your end vision – no need to make drastic life changes. Just start by giving yourself some of your time instead of waiting for permission or a crisis to finally do something about it.

So, if you find yourself in a similar situation as Sarah, struggling to balance work and family while neglecting your well-being, remember you're not alone. Small changes can lead to significant improvements in your overall quality of life.

If you need guidance on improving sleep or finding that work-life balance, I invite you to book a *free Work-Life Flow call* with me. Let's explore together how I can assist you in achieving a more harmonious life, just like I did for Sarah. Don't hesitate to take this step towards a healthier, more balanced, and fulfilled you.

Let's make your success healthy and happy!

Dr. Masi

Disclaimer: The information and advice provided in this blog and associated Wix articles and posts are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The views and opinions expressed are those of Dr. Masi Njawaya, Herself Health, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any organisation or medical institution. While Dr. Masi Njawaya and Herself Health strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, readers are encouraged to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalised advice regarding their specific situation. Any reliance you place on the information in this newsletter and associated Wix articles and posts is strictly at your own risk.

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