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.
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.
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.
Take care of yourself and enjoy the sweet things in life!