I’m going to share a secret with you: I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. We’ve all been there, I’ve been in one of those ‘blah’ moods. Between sleep regressions and being blessed with a lot of work lately, I’ve been very busy lately. Some days, it can be difficult to find the motivation it takes to run a business, be a great mom/wife and keep our household running smoothly. The temptation to stay in bed, snuggle with our little guy and watch cooking shows is real. I’ve found a few ways to get out of this ‘funk’ that have really worked and have helped me to stay motivated as a work at home mom.
5 Ways to Stay Motivated As a Work At Home Mom
Go To Bed. This is the number one thing I struggle with. I have always been a night owl, but working until 11 PM and then expecting to get up and be productive at 5 am when Levi gets up is ridiculous. I can’t keep that pace up for long and being exhausted isn’t good for anyone, especially when I need to be focused.
Remember Your “Why”. It’s so easy to become focused on our work or the housework that needs to be done, dinner that needs to be cooked, etc. that we forget our ‘why’. Why did I become a work at home mom? To spend more time with my family and be a better mom/wife. Why do I work so hard? So my family can have a better life. When I remember to focus on my ‘why’, it’s easier to unplug and spend time with my family. Remembering my ‘why’ helps me to prioritize and stay motivated.
Be Easy On Yourself. I’m also horrible at this one, I push myself really hard, which can be a blessing and a curse. When I’m exhausted, I tend to keep pushing through. I’ve learned that allowing myself to rest, have some downtime, take some time to myself or ‘have an off day’ is key to being productive overall. No one can be everything to everyone, all day everyday, and as moms, we need to learn to be easy on ourselves. We also need to take some time to ourselves, go shopping, take a drive, get a pedicure. When we are refreshed and taking care of ourselves, we are better people.
Eat Healthy. When I eat like crap, I feel like crap. Plain and simple. I’m adding more protein to my diet, drinking more water and just watching what I eat overall. I’m learning to see food as fuel for my body and that is helping me to stay healthier and more motivated. I’ve also started taking vitamins routinely as well.
Listen to Your Body. This one ties in with everything above, but I’m learning to listen to my body. When my back is hurting, I’m less productive. When we are in pain, we just don’t function as well as we would otherwise. Since becoming a mom, I’ve struggled with back pain. I also struggle with knee pain from time to time after working out. Both of these can make me less motivated, not only as a business owner, but as a mom and a wife. Luckily, I have Biofreeze® Professional as my ‘secret weapon’ against pain. I’m learning to listen to my body and when I start to feel pain, I apply Biofreeze® Professional, so that I can get back to doing what I love quickly. Biofreeze® products are safe, effective non-systemic pain relieving products that I keep nearby all the time. Since I am constantly on the go, it doesn’t make sense to try to carry a bag of ice around, but Biofreeze® Professional products are as effective as ice and don’t create the mess! If you are a busy mom that struggles with back pain or sore muscles, I highly recommend using Biofreeze® Profesional so that you can stay motivated and get back to doing what you love! In addition to being available in stores, Biofreeze Professional is available from healthcare professionals, as an optimized, longer-lasting and smoother application product.
How to do you stay motivated as a work at home mom?
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