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March 7, 2012

Calling All Working Moms: How to Battle the Midday Slump

Working Mother magazine February/March 2012

Working Mother Feb/March 2012

What working mom doesn’t crave more balance? This month, Working Mother magazine speaks to that issue with tips for staying awake and engaged at work.

Mommy guilt is no stranger to the working mom, mainly because we lack the golden ticket to a guilt-free land: balance. We crave that perfect balance between the family we’ve built and love and the career we’ve cultivated. The main problem? There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and even if there were, we don’t have the energy to make them work for us.

There are no easy answers to this conundrum, as the February/March issue of Working Mother magazine pointed out to one reader who asked if working from home could realistically “alleviate the typical challenges of at-home and working moms.” This stay-at-home working mama will simply echo the magazine with a resounding “No!” and look for ways to creatively carve out balance and reenergize with the rest of you.

In every issue, the parenting magazine offers insight into making the most of our time with family at home, and they always include one section titled “How to Have a Better Workday.” This issue offered up some oh-so-simple tips for everything from fighting the yawns to staying engaged on the job and conquering the workplace.

1. “Lighten your lunch.” Stress may lead us to reach for pasta and other comforting carb-filled foods, but these will only weigh us down in energy (and on the scale). The answer: small, high-protein, low-carb meals and afternoon snacks will help with the waistline and keep you alert right through that mid-afternoon slump.

2. Step into the sunshine. Having trouble sleeping at night but can’t stay awake during the day? Perhaps your internal clock is off. The answer: Get some natural light each day. It’s an easy and “instant pick-me-up,” according to the magazine, and it also helps regulate your sleep cycle.

3. “Jiggle the thermostat.” If your office is too cold, people become restless; too warm, and well, you’re all half asleep. The magazine suggests keeping the thermostat temperature between 69 and 73 degrees. (Take this article into the office as proof to stubborn coworkers!)

What are some of your secrets for staying alert and getting the job done?



About the Author

Kara Gause
Kara Gause
Kara Gause is a junkie for TV, film, pop culture, and health food--in that order. A Yankee girl happily transplanted in Nashville, she spends her days as a freelance writer juggling the needs of her twin toddlers, two Bassett hounds, and one fantastic husband--in that order. Read more of her day-to-day shenanigans on her blog, MasterofWhat.com.