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 thought of being home with your little peanut, enjoying making breakfast together, and planning out activities for the day. But after a few months (or years) of being a stay-at-home mom, you start to feel socially isolated and lonely from not being around anybody else.

As parents, we are selfless because we give everything to our children. But without a 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 so an hour-by-hour schedule didn’t really work with me. Knowing a general idea of what’s to come and what needs to get done can save you not only time, but save you from frustration.

My mornings (with baby Ezra) starts from 8am-10am. During that time I make sure we do breakfast together, brush our teeth, get dressed, and tidy up. It’s along the lines of time batching (which is incredible) but I’m not so strict on the tasks in each time block.

Like I said, it’s really hard to stick to a schedule down to the minute, but having a general set order of things helps your kids know what’s coming next and what to expect throughout the day.

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.

Plan ahead.

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 by simply doing the small tasks before. You’ll feel prepared, less stressed, and not as rushed – my favorite.

I like to plan meals (not prep) for Ezra by the week because it makes it easier for me. I used to struggle not knowing what to make last minute and making sure it was nutritious. Planning ahead definitely took off that stress.

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.

My mornings start at 4am and I know it sounds crazy, but it really fits my lifestyle right now. I love to meditate first thing in the morning, make my bullet proof coffee, and get some reading done. The peace and quiet I get so I can do a devotional, 5 minute journal, and even start on some work is essential for me.

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.

I like to focus on one room each day for 15min. – 30min. I also keep a list of 1-minute clean up tasks that seriously just take 1 minute.

Little things like that help maintain a clean home so I’m only doing a deep clean once a week.

Get some fresh air!

Going outside will help brighten up your day for sure. 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!

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