5 Survival Tips for College Moms

Loretta Jane

Pursuing a degree and raising children requires creativity and lots of patience. Whether you have a partner to help you out or you're going it alone, mom guilt can be overwhelming, yet the desire for a better future drives you to complete your educational goals. Wanting to do better for your family is the reason most moms choose to return to school, and that's a reason to feel proud. However you've managed to balance the demanding tasks of raising a family, providing an income, and attending school, there are some things you can do to help keep you balanced.

1. Make Time for You

You're being pulled in many directions as everyone is demanding of your time. For the sake of your mental health, get some alone time each week. What that alone time looks like is up to you. Maybe it's meditating in your bedroom for an hour every day, or perhaps it's going for a walk on your lunch break to get fresh air. The importance of "me time" will vary by person, but whether you're naturally a social person or not, giving yourself that time can allow you to reflect and recharge which allows for more quality time spent with your family and on your school work.

2. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

There will undoubtedly be times when you don't feel like you're up to the task of more school work. This is a path you don't want to follow. If you feel yourself starting to let go of the dream, focus on what that online masters in industrial engineering means for your future. What does your future look like once you've obtained it? There was a reason you decided to pursue it, so don't give up. The reward for completion will benefit you and your family for the rest of your life.

3. Get Plenty of Rest

Getting plenty of rest includes getting enough sleep. If you feel like you're constantly moving to keep all the pieces together, eventually you're going to crash. Rather than staying up late to write that paper, how about you wake up early. You're more likely to go to bed at a decent hour when you rise early, but when you stay up late, you still have obligations to meet the following day that cause you to lose quality sleep.

The benefits of a good night's sleep are well documented and impact your life in numerous ways. People deprived of sleep have poor focus and are more likely to gain weight. They are also at greater risk of depression and heart disease. All of these things could prove detrimental to your academia and your parenting. Make sleep a priority.

4. Do Things That Make You Laugh

Sometimes moms get so busy they forget to laugh. Laughter is good for your health. It improves your mood and it changes your perspective. What were you doing the last time you had a good laugh? Was it lunch with a certain friend, or seeing a movie with a favorite actor? Maybe it was a messy craft with the kids, or all of the above. Think about what makes you smile and make sure you incorporate those times into your life. School is serious business, and sometimes your mind needs to switch gears.

5. Diet and Exercise

You've always heard the importance of diet and exercise. Experts don't just tell us these things because they have nothing better to do. They really work. Try to fit at least 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise into your busy schedule. You'll feel more energized to tackle the tasks that lie ahead. And remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Eat a good balance of protein and vitamin rich vegetables.

Taking on a college degree while raising children is no easy task, but if you provide yourself with the right balance of healthy activities you'll be better equipped for success.

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It mostly depends on the educational perspectives and goals. I'm a single mom with 2 kids. My elder son was 3 when I started my academic career as an associate professor. And I was at college when I gave birth to him. A month ago I started my first project at the UC San Diego Design Lab and still I manage my time with the kids and education. I have a to-do list for each day and a weekly schedule of home errands and social tasks.

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