This is a guest post by Martine De Luna of Dainty Mom:
I’ve been a work-at-home mom writer for the past year and half. I think my job rocks: I get to keep house, cook my family’s meals, be with my son and husband (who also works from home), set my own business hours, and do what I love, that is, write for a living.
For a natural homebody like me, this arrangement is ideal.
However, it comes with a caveat: When working at home, the lines can easily get blurred between work and necessary “down” time. This is especially true for me as a writer; my mind is usually working non-stop – churning out content, copy and creative projects for my clients.
I need to relax, unwind and recharge my constantly working brain.
How to Relax as a Work-at-Home Mom
I’ve learned that I need time to relax in order to function more efficiently in my writing, my housework, and as a wife and mom. In order to achieve this, I’ve had to change up a few things at home.
Here are some of the ways I balance working at home with relaxation, which I believe have made me a better worker and homemaker.
1. Create a stress-free bedroom. If you are a mom who works from home and lives in a small space such as an apartment or condo (like me), your bedroom is more than just a place to sleep; it’s a place where you can totally unwind, meditate, read a book, or listen to music.
Make it stress-free:
- Keep your bedroom almost totally bare-bed, a dresser that’s pretty yet functional, maybe a
corner seating area, a few throw pillows on the bed; just the essentials.
- Hang up a few beautiful photos on the walls.
- Use subtle lighting, scent the room with essential oils, and choose cool, relaxing hues for your beddings. Each time you step into your room, you’ll feel more relaxed immediately.
2. Create relaxing spaces within your home. Let the corners and key areas of your home reflect a relaxed mood.
- Keep your countertops in the kitchen almost totally bare, except maybe for a happy bowl of fresh fruit or a coordinated display of storage jars.
- Try putting fresh flowers in your dining room or living room; they have a way of softening a room, giving it a more relaxed
- Only keep what’s essential on your desk or work space-your laptop, planner, maybe a dock for your mobile phone; keep papers, files and office supplies neatly in the desk drawers.
3. Give yourself a daily “time out” from work. Each afternoon, I put my computer to sleep and give myself 30 minutes to relax. I read a book, take a power nap, give myself a home facial, pray, or call in for a home service mani-pedi-the list is endless.
Give yourself a “time out” by doing something that relaxes you. Make sure you plot it on your daily agenda so that you don’t
forget to clock out for some “me time.”
4. Schedule regular “time outs” with the family. Schedule downtime with the family as well. In our home, a “time out” from work can mean reading with our toddler or playing blocks and puzzles with him, or taking after-dinner dessert trips as a family once a week on a weekday.
These established times during the work week help us reconnect as a family, and are a respite for me and my husband since we both work from home.
It’s important to establish a routine of relaxation and de-stressing when you’re a work-at-home mom (or dad!). Strive to create relaxing spaces in your home, and take necessary breaks from work. Not only will your work week go by more productively, but you’ll also be creating a more peaceful, purposeful home for your family to enjoy.
How do you create a space and routine that is peaceful and productive for you as a work-at-home mother?
Photo: Amorette Dye
About Martine De Luna:
Martine De Luna is a freelance writer and editor, newbie blogger-for-hire, and work-at-home wife ‘n’ mom. She’s passionate about simple living, healthy eating and intentional parenting, and blogs about practical and inspirational aspects of being a work-at-home mom over at The Dainty Mom.