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 half-assing 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 are my 

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

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. I try to stick to a normal routine as I would if I’m working in the office. Taking the lunch hour break even while working at home is crucial to keeping my sanity. Don’t forget to eat lunch! Eat while the kids eat and make sure to keep hydrated, too.

3.) Making Things Easier for Yourself

Time blocking and giving myself regular breaks throughout the day actually helps me to work more productively. Busy doesn’t equate to quality. I make a to-do list that is achievable at the start of the day. Be it work, be it home stuff, be it kids activities, making sure to have a block of time for each part of my day helps me to stay on task and focused for the work day.

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 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.

It sounds simple enough, but it’s really easy to forget during the chaos of the work week. 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!

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

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  1. Kim wrote:

    Yes to all of these! I have found getting dressed makes such a difference in my mood. And grace – always that! Great post!

    Posted 8.18.16
  2. Kiki wrote:

    I agree with all of these! I get dressed up and put on make up every single day. And I have to try these Lean Pockets! xo

    Posted 8.18.16
  3. 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!

    Posted 8.18.16
  4. 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!

    Posted 8.18.16
  5. dress yourself!!!! that is SO true!! i find that if i don’t make my bed, and dress myself, i am so much slower in the day. i also forget to feed myself lunch most days… yikes, i am not a good example of how to be a WAHM!! 😉

    Posted 8.18.16
  6. Pamela wrote:

    I think the biggest thing for me, is giving myself grace. We all tend to beat ourselves up a little too much.

    Posted 8.18.16
  7. Lauren wrote:

    I work outside the home, but I always love to read how work from home moms do it!

    Posted 8.18.16
  8. Laugh at yourself is key – and a fresh pair of leggings always feels so good 😉

    Posted 8.18.16
  9. Ceci wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.18.16
  10. Casey wrote:

    These are all great but love #5 laugh at yourself! You have to be able to do that!

    Posted 8.18.16
  11. Kate wrote:

    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!)

    Posted 8.18.16
  12. elisha wrote:

    ahh! these are SO SO good!! Thank you!

    Posted 8.18.16
  13. Stacy wrote:

    Getting dressed and eating proper meals goes a long way!!! Great post!

    Posted 8.18.16
  14. McKinzie wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.18.16
  15. Oh man… I don’t really do any of these, but I sure need to! I may start with getting dressed… does it count if I put on new, clean pajamas? 😉

    Posted 8.18.16
  16. Amber wrote:

    Love this!! It’s hard not to get caught up in the mundane when you work at home! Thanks for these great tips!

    Amber | http://www.everydaydame.com

    Posted 8.18.16
  17. This is great! I especially love the tip about getting dressed! I do that even as a SAHM Mom and it really helps me feel more accomplished!

    Posted 8.18.16
  18. Self care? What’s that?

    So hard for us blogging mamas. I’m all for QUICK self care.

    Posted 8.18.16
  19. Haha love the “halfassing” part, i am right there with you!

    Posted 8.18.16
  20. Great tips! Putting on real clothes and a little bit of makeup helps me so much.

    Posted 8.18.16
  21. Falon wrote:

    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!).

    Posted 8.18.16
  22. Great tips, I never work in my pjs – I always on real comfy clothes. xx

    Posted 8.18.16
  23. Neely Moldovan wrote:

    These are great tips I will be a work at home mom next year!

    Posted 8.18.16
  24. Amanda wrote:

    Love the “give yourself grace” reminder!! Definitely need to do more of that!

    Posted 8.18.16
  25. Savannah wrote:

    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

    Posted 8.18.16
  26. Aly Funk wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.18.16
  27. Kecia wrote:

    I’m bad about forgetting to eat sometimes. My work just consumes me! Having something easy like Lean Pockets is great!

    Posted 8.18.16
  28. 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!

    Posted 8.19.16
  29. 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.

    Posted 8.19.16
  30. I am really good about feeding myself but dressing every day before I start working is something I need to make a priority.

    Posted 8.19.16
  31. Mary wrote:

    These are perfect tips! I think it’s something that can be used for all women.

    Posted 8.19.16
  32. I need to learn when to turn the computer off and to put my phone down. But is hard when your just starting your blog!

    Posted 8.19.16
  33. Kristen wrote:

    I totally agree with dressing yourself. I always feel like a blob when I don’t get ready!

    Posted 8.19.16
  34. 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

    Posted 8.19.16
  35. Corina wrote:

    Laughter is so therapeutic! I’m so glad having a kid has given me so many moments to burst out laughing. Kids can be hilarious!

    Posted 8.19.16
  36. I love your tip about getting dressed! Such a simple task, but definitely something I put on the back burner. I’m pretty sure my hair is in a “mom-bun” 95% of my day!

    Posted 8.19.16
  37. Suzanne wrote:

    Yes! I have to change out of my pjs to feel even the slightest bit productive 🙂

    Posted 8.21.16
  38. Such great tips and all so true!! Great round up girl.

    Sara Kate Styling

    Posted 8.22.16
  39. Lindsey wrote:

    great tips! I am not a mom yet, but I can totally relate to some of these!

    Posted 8.23.16
  40. Bonnie wrote:

    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!

    Posted 8.23.16
  41. ashley wrote:

    These are great tips, even for just a new mom. I need all the self-care I can get because I definitely don’t think about it regularly

    Posted 8.25.16
  42. Cait wrote:

    great reminder we all need!

    Posted 8.30.16
  43. Erin Ruoff wrote:

    I need to start getting dressed. haha Yoga pants are not dressy enough!

    Posted 8.30.16
  44. jessica wrote:

    Giving yourself grace is SO IMPORTANT, but also the hardest for me to remember! I’m so hard on myself.

    Posted 9.1.16
  45. Trista wrote:

    Love these tips! And that Lean Pocket looks sooo yummy!

    Posted 9.1.16
  46. Kelsi H wrote:

    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!

    Posted 9.5.16
  47. That’s great advice to a lot of moms, even if they aren’t working

    Posted 9.22.16
  48. Toia Barry wrote:

    This is SO good! Wearing real clothes while blogging (my work) has been my goal for a while but I still end up rolling over to the desk in my PJs. LOL! All great tips!

    Posted 2.16.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      So glad to have you here!

      Posted 2.17.17
  49. Toni wrote:

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It’s always useful to read content from other authors and use a little something from their websites.

    Posted 3.2.17

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