Staying Sane as a Stay at Home Mom
Staying at home with my daughter has been truly a blessing that I am grateful for but I have to admit sometimes being home all the time can drive a mama crazy. It can be hard and stressful taking care of your children 24/7 without any breaks. If you are a stay at home mom then I’m sure you can relate to this. So here are some tips on how to stay sane as a stay at home mom.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
This is something that has always been hard for me. I always want to do things by myself which in this case includes taking care of my little girl. Sometimes I would have friends and family ask me if I need help with anything and I usually say no. But soon I realize that getting that help saves me mentally and physically. It gives you a little bit of a break from the constant need from your child even if it’s just for a little bit.
Spend some time outside of the house.
Being cooped up in the house all the time can definitely drive a person crazy. Whether you are doing some shopping or going to the park, going out will save your sanity. We have a small park by our apartment that I like to take my little one to from time to time. It is honestly very hard for me to go out in public with my daughter because of my social anxiety but I try to make the effort for my sake and hers.
Get ready for the day.
As much as I like to wear pajamas all day sometimes it is nice to get dressed up. Not only does it makes me feel good about myself but it also gives me a more productive mindset. I get more done if I dress the part, at least for me this is true. So maybe this is something you mamas can try out and see if this works for you.
Find a hobby.
Look for something to indulge in. It could be drawing, gardening, knitting or even blogging. I needed to have a place to have a creative outlet and blogging was perfect since I love writing. Having a hobby keeps your mind occupied and gives you something to look forward to whenever you have a break in the mornings, afternoon naps, or evening after bedtime. Other than blogging, I like to play a few video games as well. So think about a hobby you would like to do or a new skill you would like to learn. There are so many out there to choose from.
Make sure to have Me-time
This one is a must! I mentioned above about breaks, which are super important when you are a stay at home mom. You can get really drained from taking care of your little ones 24/7. So figure out what is the best time for you to be alone. I try my best to take advantages of mornings and nap times. Make your me-time a relaxing time. Brew yourself some coffee or some tea and let yourself recharge.
Every once in a while, my husband and I have a date night. We usually let family watch our daughter for the evening so we can go out for dinner and a movie. Another good idea is to have a little date night at home after the kids go to bed. Sometimes we get caught up in taking care of our children that we forget about our relationship with our partner. So try to plan out a date night with your hubby. Don’t neglect your relationship.
Have a routine as a stay at home mom.
Now, this is not the same thing as having a strict schedule because it’s hard to stick with one when you have kids. Anything can happen and not everything will turn out how you want it to. I learned this the hard way and only made myself miserable. You don’t want to give yourself unnecessary stress. Here is an example of my routine with my daughter:
- Wake up
- Eat Breakfast
- Brush teeth
- Brush Teeth
It’s not quite specific here but that’s about what we do every day and she usually knows what happens next in the day. Sometimes I will set a certain time when I need to make dinner and put her to bed but I don’t worry about doing things right according to plan because like I said you never know what happens. But sometimes it’s nice to have spontaneous days.
I know as mamas we are always going crazy over something but I hope these tips help mamas be a little bit less stressed with being home all the time with your kids. Let me know in the comments if there are other ways to save your sanity as a stay at home mom. Thank you for reading!