On Wednesdays We Wear Pants


Life as a full-time work-from-homeschooling-mom with an essential worker husband has been, well, it’s been interesting. Our life feels so unstructured, so chaotic, sometimes fun, sometimes stressful. That yearning for structure is why, on Wednesdays, we wear pants.

Shortly after my third baby was born, I began my life as a work-from-home mom. Juggling an infant, and a toddler and a preschooler while working was a difficult task, but I was 100% up for the challenge. Now, a year later in our new shelter-in-place normal, I’m also having to homeschooling my kindergartener on top of everything else, and I feel like I’m right back to square one.

Not on Wednesdays, though. On Wednesdays, we wear pants.

One day a week, we can get dressed, with nowhere to go but our living room, and our backyard. Sometimes the kitchen (okay, okay, a lot of times the kitchen). Why Wednesday? Probably because Wednesdays are my work meetings. Probably because it’s my rest day after a long Tuesday. Mostly, because it works.

I won’t lie. Getting ready for the day is not an easy task for someone who struggles with anxiety. Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe. I take my temperature, and check my oxygen, and then I know it’s just anxiety.

Having a set daily schedule, with set daily tasks seems nearly impossible, uncontrollable – but I can actively choose one day a week to wear pants.

So, that is exactly what I do. What are you doing for self-care these days? Comment below!


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