Being a full time or part time working mom has its pros and cons, and so does being a stay at home mom. Currently, I am a stay at home mom so that is what I have first hand experience in.There are definitely some giant pros to staying at home with your little one. I am filled with gratitude everyday that I get to be with her. However, one must also note that there are definitely some difficulties as well. It can be especially hard for those moms that still crave that social world. These are some things that just make your day to day life a bit easier, especially for your own personal mental well-being!
Playgroups are Lifesavers!
My small town has a weekly playgroup. It is fantastic to being able to meet up with other parents of little ones. Then being able to schedule more play dates with parents and children that you and your littles click with! It is fantastic to see my little one beginning to socialize with others around her age more and more. I have been going to playgroup since my little love was bornm I have actually seen her whole little peer group growing up together. Craziness! So go out now and find that playgroup! It will be worth it, I promise!
Treat Your Self
This could be anything major like a manicure/pedicure or something minor like a delicious iced coffee. We do not have a great expenditure budget so it tends to be the iced coffee or blueberry muffin for me. It is surprising how much that can lift up your day! So promise yourself in the morning that you will grab that delicious little treat and see how much it will pep up your step!
I mean obviously apologize for some things! However, what I kept catching myself doing is saying “sorry, can you watch little one real quick so I can take a shower?” or “sorry, will you be able to grab her so I can run to the bathroom real quick?”. Ummm, why sorry and why real quick!?!?! I needed to take a hand from my husbands book and realize that I did not need to apologize or rush. Those are moments usually filled with a baby in tow. If your significant other is home then grab those moments of alone time. You deserve it! Savor it and throw out that momma guilt!
Find a Productive Hobby
This needs to be a low stress to-do item. Although it a very important one. I was also so used to getting things done and being productive. Now my days are filled with things that I just need to do again the next day, aka dishes, laundry, caring for little one, etc. So I needed to find something that was enjoyable and enabled me to feel productive and accomplished separately from running the household and caring for my family. This could be anything productive like remodeling furniture, learning to mountain bike longer distances, or possibly even starting a blog. You can take a guess which one I chose!
We all love our little ones, but mentally it can be hard so stay strong mommas!
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**disclaimer, I do not pretend to be an expert, but rather just sharing the knowledge and experiences that I have personally. Please read the disclaimer**