How To Take Care Of Yourself As a Stay at Home Mom
Moms, it is so important to take care of yourself if you are a stay at home mom (SAHM). Of course, any mother should take care of herself regardless whether she works outside of the home or not. However, many moms who primarily stay at home do not nurture themselves properly. For those of you who stay at home and have worked outside of the home, you are quite aware that it is an entirely different ballgame to primarily be at home with your children all day.
It is very important for moms to take care of themselves not just everyone else. Many moms forget to do that because they are so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs during the day that by the time it is time to take care of themselves they are too tired. There are several simple things a SAHM can do to help her spirits during the week. If you try these little things, you might see a difference in your well being!
- Go outside several times a week. Sun can be good for your mind, body, and health.
- Try to sleep when the baby sleeps. Easier said than done of course!
- Try to find someone to babysit your kids once a week so you have some “me time”.
- Try to keep your day organized so you can feel productive at the end of the day.
- Don’t do chores all day long because that will burn you out.
- Try to keep an organized chore schedule so you don’t feed behind.
- Make sure you and your husband have date nights.
- Take the kids out for regular outings so you don’t feel like you are at home too much.
- Make an effort to call a friend weekly to talk to. Don’t substitute social networks as real life socializing.
- Plan girls night outs with your friends.
- Plan weekly play dates so you can bond with other women who are in a similar boat as you.
These simple tips can make a world of a difference while staying at home. A lot of stay at home moms get in the habit of isolating themselves from the outside world. Make an effort to get adult interaction instead of listening to the kids scream and play all day. Being a stay at home mom can be a fun and worthwhile for your family if you make sure to nurture yourself as well.
“Me” Moments Every Mom Needs To Take
Are you a frazzled mum who has forgotten the sound of her own company? Taking some time out is a responsibility to yourself- one that is vital to not just your own well-being and sanity, but also just how well you perform on the job and off it. Here are 7 ‘me’ moments every mom needs to take.
- Step out WITHOUT an Agenda
Take a stroll through the park, head to the seaside, or just walk around your neighborhood without anyone or any agenda to drive you. You don’t need to grab a shopping list every time you step out- this is your time and your time alone. Not having a plan can be completely liberating; instead just follow your heart and let the hour ahead unfold organically in tune with you.
- Slow Down
Amid the scores of things to do and demands to fulfill, do you even remember what your morning cup of tea tasted like? It is quite common to switch into autopilot mode and go about your day focused more on the action than the experience in order to get most done, but this is a recipe for stress. So de-stress by slowing down being more mindful of the moment; slip you tea slowly or take your time getting dressed- slow down to rev up!
- Bring Back the Rebel in You
Being a mom never meant you had to completely forget who you are; pure conformity to the expectations a role brings without paying any heed to our own individuality can sap us of enthusiasm and backfire in the long term. Try and integrate more of who you are without shaking things up for your kids. You could whip out some old records or pick up that guitar again, create a home studio or try something different with your wardrobe- even the smallest gestures can go a long way to cheering and inspiring you.
- Enjoy the House to Yourself
You don’t always have to step away to find your space- this home is as much yours as anyone else’s in the family. So for one day every week send the kids off with their dad or other responsible adult on a fun daytime adventure, while you take time out and enjoy the house to yourself.
- Early Morning Quiet
Making ‘me’-time a habit is the best way to make sure you get some. My favorite time of day to slip some in is early morning, before the remainder of the family has even begun to stir. The house, the neighborhood, why the whole world is quiet, and here I can really connect with my inner thoughts and feelings.
- Take a ‘Me’-Time holiday
It isn’t as implausible as you might imagine, and not every holiday needs to be a family vacation. Take a low cost holiday to yourself atleast once a year. You could just drive down to the coast for the day or spend a night at your favorite spa, head up for a starry rendezvous in a mountain cabin or really just check into a swanky hotel nearby for a change of pace. It’s not how far you head, but how different your time and space away is.
- Get Creative
Stay inspired with the best ‘me’ time activity that is guaranteed to keep you inspired- be creative! Whether you bake a cake or whip out your sketchbook, indulge in a little DIY or trim the hedges, being creative keeps your juices flowing and your feel good hormones topped up all while affording you some silent and productive time with yourself.0