I’m one of those moms that is always worried about my kids when they aren’t with me. It’s not that I would leave them with anyone I don’t trust but I’ve never been big on daycares. Accidents do happen and lets face it, not every place does a background check (even thou they should). Thankfully I’m able to work from home so I can be with my kids. Even thou this is my choice and it’s what is best for my little ones it can be easy to go crazy being home and working. I came up with a list of things that help me keep my sanity. Hopefully it can help you too.
One of the many perks of working from home is you don’t have to spend money on new clothes and you can work in your PJs if you so please. However, I’ve learned that it’s not always good to wear your yoga pants 24/7. By dressing up even just once in a while for work will make you feel like a new person. I don’t mean full business attire but a nice pair of jeans, a blouse and some lipstick works wonders for your mood.
Set Rules for your Family:
Let your kids, spouse and any other family members know that you are working and not to be bothered. If the kids have a problem it’s ok for the other parent to handle it. Working is stressful and raising kids is stressful, you don’t want to combine the two. There is a time for work and there is a time for family.
Make Time for yourself:
Just like there is time for work and family, let there be time for you as well. When you work from home it can really feel like you’re working 24/7 because really you are. You’re working when you’re taking care of your family by making their food; doing laundry and cleaning then you go into your office and work for your job. What happens when you’re always working? You’re going to lose it! So take time for yourself doing something you enjoy. You’re important so take time for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.
Get Out of the House:
No one should be stuck in the house every day all day. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the comfort and convenience of being at home but don’t forget there’s a great big world out there and you need to be enjoying it. Go for a walk. Take a long drive. Just be sure to get out of the house and live.
Take Time to Unwind After Work:
When I worked in an actual office building the drive home wasn’t always fun but I appreciated it because I used that time to unwind after a long day. You should always have down time when you first get off of work so you can transition from work mode to home mode. Instead of just be forced from one to the other. When I first get off of work I either call a friend on the phone or watch a short video on YouTube before I go out and deal with the kids.
Have a Nice Workspace:
Your workspace doesn’t have to be a full-blown office like the ones we see on Pinterest but it should at least be aesthetically pleasing. Now I’ve seen some swoon worthy offices but I don’t need all of that. Make sure you have a comfy chair and pretty things on your desk. It wouldn’t hurt to have fresh flowers once in a while either. Do whatever it takes to make your work space a place you will love to sit down at for a long period of time so you won’t be tempted to get up all of the time.
Do you work from home? If you have any advice you’d like to share with us leave a comment down below.