Society has always expected women to be superhuman – without ever giving them credit for it. Back when the woman stayed at home and the man went to work, women were expected to bring up (multiple) children, cook, clean, save, and basically run the entire household. Let’s not forget that women were (sometimes are) considered the natural repositories of cultural and religious knowledge and they are expected to pass these on to the future generation, intellectually and biologically.
Today, a woman is liberated enough to have her own career but woe betide the one who tries to have both. Few couples are truly partners in life, where both parties work equally and in harmony to bring up a family. In most cases, the woman now shoulders the burden of succeeding in her career in addition to taking care of her family. How is this fair? The stress of all this can be unbelievable so here are a few suggestions on how to de-stress:
Take a Break from the Kitchen
Sure home cooked food is the best but there’s gotta be a limit to the time you spend in the kitchen around those pots and pans. Once in a while, throw in the towel (literally) and let someone else do the cooking. One thing you can do is call a meal delivery in Melbourne service and order your favourite dishes from a restaurant or somewhere else, if you don’t want to eat out or order fast food. Not all restaurants will agree as some have strict policies against shared deliveries, but it’s a good idea to keep the numbers of some which do.
Simplify the Chores
If you feel that things like cooking dinner and doing laundry are chores (for some they are like tranquilizers) then you can take steps to simplify the process. There are services that do healthy home delivered meals where you get all the ingredients fresh and prepped with instructions on how to cook. All you need to do is light the stove and let the fire do the talking. As for laundry, there are plenty of cheap laundromats that will take in a load, wash, dry, and press it and have it back to you in no time. Sure, these things cost money, but the reward is more time for you to pursue other, maybe more important things.
Establish that you’re Human
Like in the hilarious Bad Moms, most moms forget that they do not have to do everything on their own. Unfortunately, once you start it takes a superhuman effort to get yourself out of the vicious cycle of doing everything for everyone, feeling exhausted, being blamed for the one tiny thing that goes wrong and then overcompensating next time by working even harder. If you haven’t done it already, then do it now: step back. Admit that you’re only human, that you need help, and that you need a break from time to time. Take one day of the week and refuse to do anything except feed and clean yourself, then watch the hilarious mess they will create as your partner and kids try to recreate your magic themselves. They will definitely appreciate you more afterwards.