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It’s a misnomer that moms that work from home have loads of free time. In fact, most of the moms who I know that work from home still work a 40 hour work week. In many cases, they actually work MORE for the simple fact that they never really leave work. Personally I have weeks where I’ve probably worked 60 hours. Then there’s taking care of kids and the house. It’s a lot.
It’s 2015 and it’s time to embrace some self care ideas for work at home moms.
1.) Get dressed.
It’s easy to stay in your jammies all day when you work from home. I confess I totally have. But taking a shower and getting dressed actually serves two purposes. One of these is so you feel fresh and ready to start your day, and the the other is if you do have to run an errand or have a last minute client meeting, you are ready to go!
2.) Say no.
I mentioned that one of the challenges of working from home is that people assume you have lots of free time. It’s okay to say no to coffee dates and visitors. If you wouldn’t say yes if you worked at a desk outside of the home, it’s okay to say no from your home office too.
3.) Don’t skip lunch.
I confess, this is something I do accidentally. One of the things about not having coworkers (because the kids and cats don’t count) is there is no one there to stop by your desk and ask you to join them for lunch. I still want lunch to be easy to prepare and taste good. One of my new lunch go tos is Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® soup. It takes minutes to heat on the stovetop (you can microwave it too, but that’s not preferred) and the flavor is delicious. Cooking it on the stove not only forces me to step away from my laptop, but also to serve my Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® soup in mug or bowl – so I feel like I’m getting lunch and not just snacking on a box of crackers.
4.) Take 5 minutes throughout the day.
Take 5 minutes to stand up from your desk or laptop and stretch and breathe. Do this several times a day. Not only is it relaxing but it’s really important. Sitting all the time is hard on your body, and sometimes that little five minute stretch can help you refocus.
5.) Close the door.
If you have a separate office in your home, at the end of your work day, shut the door. If you don’t have a door, close your laptop. Walk away and spend time on your or your family. At least for a few hours. You deserve the break.
You can find Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® soup at Walmart in the soup aisle. If you want to try it, make sure you print out the coupon on my sidebar too! It’s always good to save!