the compass of sanity

fridays are my day away from work. i think of them as my lungs. they allow me to breathe, reflect and survive. i couldn’t recommend highly enough working four days above full-time for a working mum. anyway my friday sometimes absorbs the work i can’t fit in during the other four (my doctoral studies), sometimes it’s the space for getting all those things done upon which family life depends, but once in a while, it’s a day to claim for pure enjoyment. a couple of weeks ago was such a day, the sun was shining and i grabbed my day off and took off for a lovely walk along the beach.

as i walked, i thought about what keeps us workingmums sane (most of the time). i decided it was four things, the social, physical, creative and intellectual. no great surprises there. i was thinking how being a working mum provides plenty of opportunities to engage with these four points of the compass – the social, connections with other parents, work colleagues and of course friends. the intellectual – well the day-to-day juggling of workingmumdom presents enough of that, before you add the intellectual challenges the workplace might present. the physical – well for me running, swimming and walking are critical to my sanity and tempered stress levels. my guess is that this might be an area many workingmums sacrifice, but i reckon is so critical. and finally the creative – well perhaps we need to work hard to achieve that, for me it’s about making stuff – the constant stream of birthday cards provides ample opportunity for that. for others i guess music or writing is their creative kick.

anyway, if we can tick all these four boxes to some extent each week, then surely that helps us to survive, indeed relish the busy lives we inhabit.

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  1. * Linda Ryall says:

    These words ring so true with me. Just having a day to do with as I want really keeps me sane. Sometimes those days are action packed but sometimes I do very little but always feel re-charged at the end of it. Roll on Friday!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 5 months ago
  2. * fcownie says:

    especially a sunny friday 🙂
    thanks for your comment linda 🙂

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 5 months ago

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