Working from home while the kids are at home? If there is one simple way to become insane, it’s this! I have five kids under the age of 8 and here is what I learned:

Manage your own energy first. As they say on the airplane: Put your own oxygen mask on first. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

In my house, it’s “Mom first”. This might sound strange, but I’m thinking: My kids deserve a mom who is well rested, in a good mood, and who is healthy and strong. I won’t achieve this if I’m tired and worn out. In the long run, it’s best for everyone in the family if I’m well.

So here is what I do: I prioritize my sleep. I quickly get rid of any negative people in my life. And I say no to anything that is taking my energy away.

Is the house always perfectly clean? Not necessarily…do I cook gourmet dinners for the entire family? Well…

Give yourself permission and do one thing today that helps you to feel better. Take a walk, take a nap, watch a funny movie, eat some chocolate. Let’s give ourselves a break from the mommy-guilt trap.

There is one thing I know for sure: If I’m well, I can take much better care of everyone else and that’s why my motto is: Mom first.