Working from home is a great way to stay home with your kids or pets, enjoy more rest time, or even enjoy hobbies, while still supplementing the family’s income. On the flip side, it can be challenging to be a mother and an employee at the same time.
The Ten Tips
Your stress level will rise quickly when you have deadlines to meet or phone calls to make while your little ones are acting out. Implement a few of the ideas below to prevent Work at Home Mom Burnout.
Don’t Overwork Yourself
Don’t work more than you have to. Money isn’t everything. Your family needs a happy and sane mom and you need to stay healthy for yourself and everyone else. Just think, if you aren’t healthy and are overwhelmed, what do you have to offer your family?
Create a Schedule
Create a schedule or to-do list both for work and your personal life. Just realize that you won’t always get everything done and don’t worry if you don’t. There’s always tomorrow.
Schedule a Routine Errand Day
Designate an errand day. Spend one day a week running around town getting everything done for the week. This is when you will grocery shop, drop things off at the dry cleaner, go to the post office, and do anything else you need to do.
Don’t Forget to Enjoy Life
Enjoy your kids or pets or hobbies. Take some time to play with your loved ones every day. Have a picnic lunch in the garden, take them on a little field trip or just play catch for a while. You’re a work-at-home mom because you want to spend time with your kids or pets or because you like time to have hobbies or rest more. Work and house chores can wait while you play.
Go on Dates
Go out on a date with a partner or friend. Make date night a regular occurrence and connect with your significant other. If you are currently single, choose to date yourself, run a bath or take yourself out for a nice meal, and show yourself some love.
Don’t Forget Adult Conversation
Have lunch with a girlfriend. We need some adult conversation every now and then. Make time to stay in touch with your friends.
Make a Call
Call a friend. If you are having a bad day, call a good friend and just talk for a little while. You’ll be relaxed and rejuvenated when you get back.
Pencil in Exercise
Get some exercise. Go for a walk, join a gym, or try a Pilates class. Exercise will not only keep you in shape, but it’s also a great stress reliever.
Dance, Dance, Dance
Play some upbeat music and dance around the living room. Who cares if your kids and the neighbors think you’ve lost it? You are having fun and are releasing all that build-up of physical energy.
Don’t Bury Yourself
If you own a business, stick to one until it more or less runs itself. Don’t burn yourself out by trying to run several businesses at the same time.
Start implementing a few of these ideas today and watch your stress level go down. You will prevent work-at-home mom burnout and get to enjoy life more. Your family will appreciate spending time with a fun and relaxed mom. That’s what it’s all about – spending quality time with your family, pets, friends, and yourself.