If you are a working mother, chances are you are neglecting your health. Here are 8 ways you can strike a balance between work and health.

Waking up in the wee hours of the morning, preparing breakfast, helping the kids get ready for school, then in turn getting ready for work, hectic work schedules and finally driving back home to spend the last few hours of the day with family. This is a typical day in the life of the urban Indian working woman.

If a woman aspires to work and have a family life at the same time she is bound to face this schedule day in and day out unless she has a very strong support system. Amidst the hustle and bustle of work, how much time do women have to take care of their own health and personal needs ? Not much I guess. And in meeting her work goals, her family commitments and so on, she many a times compromises her health. It’s depressing to know that many of my own friends and colleagues have become victims of thyroid problems and diabetes.

It’s a known fact that due to work related stress, many women become victims of diabetes, thyroid problems and breast cancer (putting off breast exams) in their mid thirties. This is alarming. Does that mean women have to compromise on their health in order to work or are there alternatives ? The good news is that by making essential lifestyle changes, we can reduce the risk of diseases and improve our overall well-being.

Relaxation techniques

Beginning our day by relaxing ourselves gives us clarity of thought and sets the right mood to jumpstart the day. We’ve commonly heard about yoga, and meditation that works wonders; however listening to our favourite music or having a hot cup of tea by ourselves can also be soothing to our nerves. I’ve seen many who turn to spirituality and begin the day by reciting a short prayer. So choose what is most relaxing and what works out best for you depending on your work schedule.

Healthy diet

A working woman hardly gets time for herself, so making healthy diet choices is the most challenging aspect of her life. Can that be taken care of ? And the answer to that is ‘Yes’. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So fuel up your breakfast with a variety of food products that are high on nutrition value. Oats, cereals, muesli tossed with nuts and milk is nutritious. It doesn’t require  much time to prepare. Eating fruits can be another great alternative.

Lunch can include rotis/rice with vegetables or non vegetarian like chicken or lean meat. Sandwiches loaded with your favourite veggies can be another good option. Night can be concluded with a light dinner with bread and soup loaded with vegetables or Rotis with Dal and vegetables. Steamed food is gaining popularity too as it’s less time consuming. Steaming food like vegetables and sprouts keeps the health quotient high as it retains all the nutrition value.

One pot meals are just one preparation that contain all the required nutrition. So it’s less time consuming and it can be refrigerated too. Have a quick look at some of the one pot meal preparations in this article One-Pot Meals : Less Mess, Less Stress!

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Note : The post was first published in Women’s Web.