Being a stay at home mom can be a wonderful thing if that is what makes you happy. But it is not without its challenges, to be sure. Sometimes you may feel bored, isolated or even lonely, even though you are surrounded by your children. These are things you can do to help make sure you have a balanced life as a stay at home mom.
1. Stay in Touch with Your Friends
You do not have to lose touch with your old friends when you become a stay at home mom and in fact, you shouldn’t. Keep in touch with them in whatever way works for you. Phone calls, texts and emails are all great ways to stay connected. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some nights out with your girlfriends, too. This is a great way to stay balanced in your life.
2. Get Involved with Other Moms
While you never want to forget your old friends, you may want to work on meeting some new ones. You will want to have some friends that are moms if your other friends aren’t. Having mom friends can be wonderful because they can completely understand what you are going through because they have been there, too. Take opportunities like play dates, birthday parties and parent night at your child’s school to try to make some new friends. You will be glad you did.
3. Take Care of Yourself
It is easy enough to neglect yourself when you are a stay at home mom. After all, you probably think that you just stay home with children all day so why should you put any effort into yourself? The truth is that it will help you to feel better when you get dressed in real clothes and spend time on your makeup and hair as you did before becoming a stay at home mom. You will feel better about yourself when you do this. You may even find yourself more energized.
Exercise is usually one of the first things to go when you become a stay at home mom. You would think that you would have all the time in the world to exercise but this new tiny person you delivered can certainly take up a lot of your time. You have to be intentional about exercise. Make plans and do what you need to in order to keep them. Exercise makes you feel better physically and emotionally, so it is worth the effort.
5. Get a Break
While you are undoubtedly captivated by your new little darling, you need some time away from them, too. It helps to remember you are still an adult. Let Grandma or Daddy keep baby while you go grocery shopping or do something just for fun. You will return home refreshed and ready to take on your mom role again. Make getting a break a regular habit.
6. Get out of the House
It helps you to stay balanced when you aren’t home staring at the walls all of the time. Get out and do something with your little ones. There are many libraries that have a story hour or you can join a mommy and me class or group. Have play dates or just picnic in the park. It will boost your mood tremendously.
7. Work from Home
Another option to help you stay balanced is to work from home. There are so many options in working from home these days. There is something for everyone. It is also very flexible and allows you to work around your children and family. It is another option to consider.
There are ways you can stay balanced as a stay at home mom. What do you do to achieve this? Please share your ideas to help other moms!