Leading Firefighter Melanie Fox has been a firefighter with Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade for 16 years, while also juggling the demands of being a partner and mum to three children aged under nine.
Like many busy women, Mel’s day starts with getting herself and her children ready. This also includes packing school lunches, feeding the dog, and then cleaning up after the morning rush.
“After spending time with MFB’s Fire Investigation and Analysis unit, you end up a little obsessive about checks before you leave the house,” says Mel.
While on nightshift, Mel’s days are filled with running errands, swimming lessons, house jobs, cooking, walking the dog and collecting kids from school – all before a 6pm start at the Burwood fire station. But thankfully it’s not all nightshift.
“My routine regularly changes,” says Mel. “And, while we all have different schedules, it’s important to reflect on your own daily experience and how you prioritise your own health amid the pressures in your life.
“Sometimes even small actions throughout the day like staying hydrated, getting rest and making time for your physical health can change your health drastically.”
Mel’s message to all women to remember; “it’s the little things we do for ourselves that count the most.”