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I have been a full-time work at home mom since 2011. I must admit that I love being my own boss and setting my own schedule, but at the same time working from home comes with downsides. I know I can’t be the only work at home mom that experiences downsides. Today I have decided to share with some of the things I encounter each day/week/month and share with you how I manage to keep pushing through.
It Gets Lonely
One of the biggest downsides of working from home is that it can get rather lonely. While I do have a break from the kids when they are in school, I still can’t go out and really interact with adults as much as I like because I have to work. It comes to a point where I am like, “do I go out with friends” or “do I stay here and make sure work gets turned in on time”. I will tell you the latter usually wins.
My Solution for Loneliness
Majority of the time, I try to finish up around 11 p.m. so I can spend quality time with my boyfriend. It helps because it gives me something to look forward to each night and it helps me push through my workdays. I have also made quite a few friends online that I chat with throughout the workday so I don’t feel like a hermit. I know it’s not the same as interacting with people face-to-face, but it works.
I try to make time during one weekday at least to get out and do something with a friend. Whether it’s lunch or a drink, I get out and get some fresh air to avoid going into burnout.
It Can Be Painful
Since I started my work from home journey, I suffer from back pain, migraines, and sore hands/wrist joints. I have tried countless things to help make it manageable. I’m a full-time writer, so I find myself sitting at my computer for several hours at a time, which obviously isn’t good. Because of my full schedule, I have to deal with the consequences.
My Solution for Pain
I have tried various products over the years to help manage the pain. I actually have a prescription for my migraines because they get so bad. Getting massages and taking more frequent breaks helps a lot since I do tend to sit for 5+ hours at a time, Taking breaks definitely helps a lot – even if it’s just a 15-minute break once every two hours or so.
Recently, I learned about a product called, “Spoonk” and I have been testing it out to see if it can help with my back pain when I experience it. So far, I would have to say that the experience with this is going okay. I love using the Groove massage ball when I am overly stressed. I have been using the acupressure mat to help reduce stress and tension too. I’m not too sure about the acupressure mat yet because each time I use it (yes I read the directions thoroughly for this one lol), it is slightly painful/uncomfortable.
The Groove massage ball can be used right at your desk. It works best when rolled under your feet or in your hands. It helps rejuvenate your mind and is doctor recommended for plantar fasciitis relief. Another benefit is it’s travel-friendly so you can take it anywhere and release tension/stress, get an energy boost or just clear your mind no matter where you are.
The acupressure mat helps stimulate the 6,210 stimulation points in your parasympathetic system, which helps reduce stress and tension. What I didn’t know is that acupressure can also help lower cortisol levels, help digestion, maintain an even heart rate, and help regulate your body temperature. The goal of acupressure is to open your blood vessels wider to force muscle relaxation.
These are a few statistics about Spoonk and the types of results it can produce following the completion of a clinical study:
- 98% of study participants experienced pain relief
- 94% of participants reported better quality of sleep
- 96% of study participants noted deeper relaxation was achieved
Another fact that makes me believe in Spoonk, and still willing to work on tolerating the acupressure mat better, is that it is doctor approved. Mark Hyman, MD said,
“Spoonk Acupressure mats provide natural and powerful back-pain relief and body and mind relaxation while improving blood circulation to every part of your body. Using an acupressure mat helps to increase your parasympathetic nervous system and get you into deep relaxation before sleep.”
The owner of Spoonk stands firmly behind her own product and experienced relief herself with the acupressure massage mat when she was pregnant at age 46. She had fewer encounters with insomnia and her mood swings were less intense.
It seems to be helping, with lower back pain, but it definitely isn’t doing much for the shoulder and neck area. However, I plan to keep testing it out for about a month and if it exceeds my expectations, you will definitely be seeing this brand mentioned again here or on my Instagram.
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Working from Home Can Be Unpredictable
As I mentioned earlier I love being my own boss and the flexibility that I have, however, working from home can be very unpredictable. You could have a client or sponsor cancel at the last minute, experience slow times during the year, or get sick and not be able to generate any income. This can cause stress and even sometimes drastic lifestyle changes may have to be made.
My Solution for Unpredictable Situations
I learned a very important lesson during my first year of freelancing, “Never keep all of your eggs in one basket”. It’s my motto now. No matter how much work I have, I continually search for more because you never know when someone is going to cancel an order and bills still have to be paid.
As a freelancer, I’m not guaranteed a certain amount of money each week. Instead, I have to build my network and make connections to bring in enough work. Anyone could cancel a request at any time, which is why it’s good to have an emergency fund. It’s also a good idea to always be on the lookout for more work — in addition to having multiple avenues for making money.
Closing Thoughts on the Downsides of Working from Home
Working from home is very rewarding. However, as with any type of job it also comes with downsides, as I am sure many of you can relate too. Once you create your work/life balance and a set schedule, it makes working from home much easier.
What is one downside of working from home in your opinion?