Are you working your tail off every single day with little to show for it? Are you starting to feel burnt out with this whole WAHM thing? If so, you need these 3 Strategies to Proactively Battle Burnout!
We work harder than just about anybody, and some days, being a Work-at-Home Mom can be just TOO MUCH. Whether you’re a WAHM Network Marketer, a WAHM Freelancer, or a WAHM Entrepreneur, we WAHMs are more prone to burnout than any other type of worker simply because the boundary lines between work and home aren’t just blurred – they’re non-existent! We work IN our homes, accomplishing everything from laundry to line item reports, dishes to deadlines, and crying children to complaining clients.
Be forewarned, mama: burnout is coming. It happens to the best of us. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your business is to be prepared. Familiarize yourself with and use these 3 key strategies to proactively battle burnout well.
Battle Strategy #1: Plan time for regular breaks.
We all know it’s important to take breaks, but we have a tough time actually doing it. If we don’t want to be forced to slow down because of burnout breakdowns, we need to proactively schedule in time to slow down as we go.
Bonus: Making time to slow down and be more purposeful in how we go about each day is GREAT for our mental health. If anxiety & depression are a part of your reality, this strategy is even MORE important!
But don’t stop with just instituting a daily walk around the block for some fresh air. Battling burnout requires a plan to take regular breaks daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.
Whether you decide to invest in a tomato-shaped timer to guide your pomodoros each day, or if you get up and stretch on the hour every hour, you’re working, it doesn’t matter. The point is to simply make sure you are taking breaks.
Learn to batch your tasks, so there are natural breaks in your workflow, and you’ll have an easy way to squeeze in those breathers. Bonus points if you can fill your break time with an activity you really love!
There’s a reason God commands His people to honor the Sabbath Day and keep it holy (Exodus 20:8). He knew we needed a built-in day to rest! Be sure you’re taking advantage of that one day off per week.
On whatever day of the week you have decided to take your Sabbath, do anything necessary to avoid working. Ask your husband to drag you away from the office, if need be. Tell your kids they get ALL your attention for the entire afternoon. (They’ll hold you to it!) Or get everyone out of the house and do something fun together.
Protect your Sabbath with everything in you!
Read more about why the Sabbath is SO important for us moms — and how to protect it well — in this post!
See if you can take one WEEKDAY off per month. Focus on rest, enjoy time with your kiddos, or do something enjoyable.
Pencil in a monthly spa date with yourself to take a long soak in the tub, complete with bath salts, oils, and whatever other forms of pampering that sounds luxurious to you. You can relax and soak alone — or invite your hubby to join you and get in some quality time with him, as well! (I feel quite certain he would NOT object! ;)~ )
(If you need some inspiration, these DIY recipes are some of my favorite body products for some good, old-fashioned pampering! And many of these detoxifying remedies not only help our bodies recover from everything we’ve put ourselves through that week, but they also feel positively luxurious both during AND after. SO NICE!!)
If you were working in a job outside the home, you would accumulate vacation days. Do the same for yourself now! Whenever you finish a project or earn some income, stash away a small percentage in a vacation fund. Then, whenever you’re ready to take that time off, you a) have funds to take a trip or do something fun, or b) cover your expenses while you’re relaxing at home and not actively bringing in income.
Make it your goal to take a minimum of 1-2 full weeks off each year. If you’re able to stash away more money, take more time off. Every family needs a vacation together – time to make memories, deepen relationships, and get away from the daily grind.
Determine your focus.
In each of these regularly scheduled breaks, be sure to determine a specific focus for your time off. Will you pray? Fast? Worship? Spend time with your family? Relax and pamper yourself? Get some much-needed sleep?
On the monthly or yearly breaks, will you take a few hours or days as a “business retreat” to evaluate, re-focus, dream, and plan?
Whatever it is, decide on the purpose for each break BEFORE you take it. Knowing how to spend your time will help you know what NOT to do, as well. (And will keep you away from burnout-inducing activities so you can truly regroup.)
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As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.