Becoming a stay-at-home mom has been the best decision of my life and you may love it too! You may be overjoyed by the though of being home with your kiddos, thinking of all the fun activities you’ll do. But after a few weeks or months (or even years) of being a stay-at-home mom, you start to feel isolated and lonely from not being around anybody else.
As parents, we are selfless because we give everything to our children. But no doubt, we lose our identity getting caught up in the joys of our baby. Seeing family and friends work outside of the home, socializing and what not, it can be a bit daunting. I wanted to share some tips that helped me out of this rut. The rut that makes you not want to be a stay-at-home mom anymore.
You can do this. Believe in yourself and know that you are rockin’ life right now!
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Develop a routine.
Have a daily routine is a definite sanity saver. Every day can be unpredictable and crazy with children. With a routine, you know a general idea of what’s to come and what needs to get done. For instance, say your morning goes from 6am – 9am. During that time you know you need to get the kids up, get dressed, breakfast, and any other tasks you feel sets you up for the day. Make sure they go in a certain order so kids know what is coming next.
Each day is different from the other, but with a routine as your foundation, you will always have a productive day. The predictability of your day helps you feel like you have control over the environment rather than jumping into the unknown.
At the end of a long day, we all want to jump into bed and call it a day. But taking an extra 10 minutes to plan meals for the next day or pack your diaper bag can make the biggest difference. You’ll cut the morning chaos (or from the entire day) by simply doing the small tasks before. You’ll feel prepared, less stressed, and not as rushed – my favorite.
Wake up earlier for YOU.
It’s definitely easier said than done because waking up for night feedings can throw you off. But waking up 15min.,30min., or even an hour earlier gives you some quiet, peaceful time to get ready for the day. It can be as simple as having a cup of coffee and checking Instagram before the kids are up or even starting on some work before the chaos begins. I personally love to get my coffee, do a devotional, 5 minute journal, meditate/visualize, and get my Netflix time in. I know it’s a bit random, but I never get Netflix time anymore!
What do you enjoy doing that you can’t seem to find time for otherwise?
Daily chores so housework doesn’t pile up.
We all have those dishes piling up, laundry in baskets waiting to be folded, and dirty floors. When your home – that you’re in like 24/7 – is messy and unorganized, you too will feel messy and disorganized. You will lose your mind! Doing simple 15min. chores each day will ensure that your home feels like a home.
Get some fresh air!
For me, the outdoors = clear mind. Take a walk around the neighborhood or a park nearby. Even going to get groceries can be refreshing. It will instantly change your mood! Plus, it’s good to do when you have no other activities for the kids.
Set up a playdate.
We already know it’s isolating being a stay-at-home mom. Finding friends with kids around your kid’s age is awesome. Scheduling a play date is not only fun for your little ones but for you to see another adult! It gives you time to socialize and to possibly get out of the house. So call up your mom friends and get it going!