My Most Popular 2012 Blog Post: Lowering Your Stress Load, One Working Mom’s Ideas
My most popular 2012 blog post was Lowering the Stress Load: One Working Mom’s Ideas, with nearly a thousand page views. This particular blog post got a head start on the others in racking up page views because it was posted on January 6, 2012, so it had all year for people to find it, but I’m still pleased to see others found it interesting enough to look at. It’s not surprising, given that balancing work and family life remain one of the biggest challenges working parents face.
Many of my own suggestions written for this post in January 2012 were linked to my New Year’s resolutions. In giving myself an honest assessment of how 2012 went with these ideas – I have cut back on the higher caffeinated lattes and we are eating at home a lot more frequently these days. I try to cook one large item (e.g. lasagna, pan of enchiladas) on Sunday that we can “eat on” during the week to take some of the stress out of cooking an evening meal on days I am downtown.
The volume of email coming in continues to be a challenge to manage – I am doing a new round of “un” subscribing for the New Year. I am also trying to work more efficiently, searching out ways to better manage social media, keep tasks under control, and trying to use down time to get work done, instead of staying up later.
I can’t say I did well at getting back to the gym in 2012 – my efforts were half-hearted, but staying more physically active (and going back to the gym on a regular schedule three times a week) are on the list again for 2013. I have found that our local Methodist congregation’s daily email morning devotionals are one of the easiest ways for me to retain my spiritual anchor. Scheduling “stuff for me” has worked to some extent – although I did bail on book club a few times this year just because I wanted to spend time with my family (but thankfully I didn’t ditch book club because of work obligations).
Perhaps the greatest challenges we face as working parents are:
(1) to say “no” occasionally to things we don’t really need to be doing or don’t have time to do, and
(2) to opt for the simple route, rather than the most complicated.
Ami Neiberger-Miller is a public relations strategist and writer. She is the founder of Steppingstone LLC, a virtual and independent public relations practice near Washington, D.C. that provides public relations counsel, social media advice, writing services, and creative design work for publications and websites (portfolio). Ami blogs frequently about media relations, social media, public relations and other issues. She also reviews books on her blog about public relations, nonprofit life, work-family balance and social media practice. Follow her on Twitter @AmazingPRMaven.