As a working mother who loves riding horses, it can be challenging to find the time to balance all three. Between work, taking care of your children, and riding, it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. However, with a little bit of planning and prioritizing, it is possible to make it work – most of the time.
Planning your week
Scheduling your time is key to try and fit everything into your week. I like to start each week working through my work schedule, and childcare commitments, and then scheduling in my time to ride my horses around this. Planning ahead has helped me keep more consistent with my riding.
But as always with horses (and kids) things comes up, and the best laid plans can fall wayside. So, try and be flexible and don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t make everything happen. And something I like to remember – Consistency doesn’t mean you’ll never mess up, consistency means you’ll never give up.
I honestly would not be able to fit everything in without help from friends and family. You don’t have to try and be super mum all the time, it is ok to ask for help and ask a family member to help with the kids so you can fit in your riding.
One of the best things to come out of lockdowns, was the ability to work flexibly in many roles. Talk with your manager and work out what works best for you – this may be riding early before work, or finishing work early in order to ride after work. I quite enjoy my days where I work from home and squeeze a ride in during my lunch break.
Let Go of Guilt
Finally, let go of any guilt you may feel about taking time away from your family for yourself, your job, and your horses. It’s essential to take care of yourself and doing something you enjoy can help you have a more balanced and healthier lifestyle.
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