5 Tips for Self-Care as a Work at Home Mom

Self-care? What is this conundrum? If you’re a mom and you’re nodding, I feel you sister friend. 

As a work at home mom, I often find myself in this weird gray area. Most days, I feel like I’m halfassing my job as a career woman and as a mom. But, with time, I’ve learned to value myself and embrace both of my important roles in our family. Here’s a few tips and lessons I’ve learned for self-care while in the thick of the daily grind.

1.) Dress Yourself in Real Clothes

Yep, I try my best not to pop a squat in my office chair in last night’s pajamas. I try to splash my face and on a good day, even put make-up on! I try to change into an ‘outfit,’ even if said outfit is a t-shirt and a pair of shorts or leggings. (Hello, momiform!)


It helps to start my days on a high note and I feel like I’m superwoman! I tell myself that I can tackle all of the items on my never ending to-do list. (It never happens.) But, hey, it’s the little things that make the most positive impact on self-care, right?

2.) Feed Yourself

Once the husband is off to work and the kids are at school or off doing their activities, it’s easy for me to hole myself up in my home office all day. I end up drinking cold coffee and forget to eat a proper meal because I get so lost in work. Sometimes, hours fly by without even me realizing how much time has passed.


Eating and eating well is so important for self-care. These Lean Pockets are my go to choice for a satisfying lunch and it keeps me going for the rest of the day.


In addition, Lean Pockets taste so delicious, with no artificial flavors, and come in a variety of flavors! On today’s menu is the white meat chicken, broccoli & cheddar. Mmm, so, so good!

3.) Making Things Easier for Yourself

I’m lucky that I can use my lunch hour to pick up my oldest at preschool or run a quick errand. But, it doesn’t give me much time to enjoy a nutritious meal. Lean Pockets is a great way for me to eat a hot, fulfilling lunch that is a great source of protein, made with 100% real cheese, and no artificial flavors. Prep time is quick and eating it? Well, they are so tasty that they don’t stand a chance with me!


4.) Give Yourself Grace

Half the week, our house is a mess, there’s dishes piled up and loads of laundry to be washed or folded. Sometimes, I get a second wind after my work day is over and the kids are down for the night. Those nights are the nights that I end up tending to most of the housework. But the rest of the time, I’m trying to get some QT with my husband or getting to bed early to catch up on those ZZZs that I’m still lacking. And that is okay. I’ve learned not to feel guilty. As much as I try to run a tight ship, making sure I eat properly and have nights off is crucial for self-care.

5.) Laugh at Yourself

I’ve learned that most of the stuff that stresses me out, really isn’t all that important. All of the chores and little annoyances isn’t what life is about. I’ve learned to laugh at myself and to enjoy the moments, instead of letting it all just pass by. Enjoying each day, the time with my kids and husband; those are the things that matter. And laughter? It’s just so, so good for my soul. I need to do it more. Laughing at myself and with myself is so important. It’s a great stress-reliever and brings a spark to my days.

Happy Thursday, friends! Take care of yourself and enjoy the sweet things in life!

Don’t forget to use this coupon for $1 off of 3 packages of Lean Pockets! Go treat yourself to a tasty meal!

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47 thoughts on “5 Tips for Self-Care as a Work at Home Mom

  1. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    I need to work on the ‘clothing’ part! I’m always working from my jammies or yoga pants sans makeup. But I feel so much more ‘ready’ for the day when I actually put some time in to getting dressed and groomed! Great post!

  2. Taylor Speikers

    So true! The hardest one for me is remembering to feed myself. I get the kids fed and go right back to work some days, but I’ve been trying not to do that anymore as of late. Great post!

  3. Ceci

    Self-care is SO important, and I think I’m failing miserably at it right now! Thanks for the great tips. I’m pretty good at getting dressed every day, but for me, doing something with my hair makes a real difference, so I’m off to find a comb!

  4. Kate

    These are great tips! There really is something to getting dressed in real clothes instead of wearing jammies all day (I am guilty of this for sure!)

  5. McKinzie

    It is so easy to forget about yourself when you are trying to take care of the kids and run your business! I love the idea of having easy lunches planned. I’m the worst at lunch!

  6. Falon

    I so feel you on the half-assing! It’s hard to do two jobs well at the same time! Getting dressed is a big thing for me (and something I don’t do often enough!).

  7. Savannah

    Oh, I miss hot pockets!! Before we went gluten-free, I used to eat them alllll the time-so quick and easy. I’d love to see them come out with a gluten-free version!! Taking care of yourself, as a mom, is so tough-especially when you throw work into the mix!!! Giving myself grace really cuts back on my stress levels though! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  8. Aly Funk

    Yes to all of those! I’m so guilty of staying in my pjs or not getting out of my ‘momiform’ on most days. These are great tips!

  9. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Excellent tips! I’ve been working from home for over a decade and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I used to always get dressed first thing, but when the kids are home for the summer I find myself going into lazy mode with them and working early in PJs for the first few hours of the day 🙂 Love the tip to give yourself grace!

  10. Jennifer Hamra

    Good post. It took me a couple of years to finally get this. I understand now why it’s important for me to take care of myself, especially since I am home with my children. I homeschool my teens and toddler and sometimes it’s so easy to stay in my PJs or lounge clothes. But I created a schedule for myself and it’s really been helping.

  11. Adaleta Avdic

    We forget some of the simplistic things because we get into a mode of just working through everything, and we forget to feed ourselves. At least that’s me sometimes! I’ll look at the clock on days I work from home and be like OMG it’s noon I should be making my 2nd meal of the day not my first! xx Adaleta Avdic

  12. Bonnie

    This is great! I’m just starting my own business at home and could use some direction. Those Lean Pockets look incredible! Thanks for the tips and coupon!

  13. Kelsi H

    I think people are quick to judge the “shower and put some makeup on” kinda tips, but I am 100% in agreement with you. Also, that jalapeno chicken lean pocket looks delish!


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