How to Become a Happy Stay-at-Home Mom
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It’s easy to find yourself discontent, grumpy, or even downright angry as a stay-at-home mom. I think that’s due to the repetitive and thankless nature of our jobs! But how can you stop feeling so irritated and become a happy stay-at-home mom, enjoying the opportunity to watch your kids learn and grow every day? Check out my own personal tips, and leave me yours in the comments!
Have a Mom Tribe
Other SAHMs aren’t just great for weekday playdates, they know exactly what you’re going through. In fact, they probably find themselves feeling the same way! Find some time to just let it all out to a fellow mom – they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about, and they’ll probably have some tips for you, too!
Use Calming Techniques
When you feel that irritation building – whether you feel it as tightness in your neck, tension in your shoulders, or pounding in your temples – take three slow deep breaths! If you need to, go into a different room for a minute to cool off. Maybe drinking a cool bottle of water would help. Or you could put on some uplifting music to help you throughout the day. Whatever works for you, lean on it heavily! Stopping yourself before you snap, or make a habit out of being annoyed, will help you be a happy stay-at-home mom!
Have a Creative Outlet
If your kids are old enough for you to carve out some spare time, spend it doing something you love! I decided to start this blog since Emma will be headed off to preschool soon. I’m using SiteGround to host my website, and I would recommend it to any mom who wants to start a blog and knows absolutely nothing about websites! Whatever you want to do, prioritize this time that helps you remember that you’re not just the housekeeper or a human milk machine!
Take Care of Yourself
When our kids are upset, we know to think HALT – are they hungry, angry, lonely, or tired? We moms need to apply this to ourselves, too! If you find yourself getting irritated often, ask yourself if you’ve been taking care of your own basic needs. The basics are healing (if you’ve just given birth or if you’re not feeling well), rest, nourishing food, and basic hygiene. Those things take precedence for both baby and YOU!
A big part of stay-at-home mom burnout is being stuck in the house all day. Get outside, to a friend’s house, even to the grocery store! Or load your kid up in the stroller and walk on a nice trail. Maybe you’d like to walk around Target. Get out of the house, switch up your surroundings, and get refreshed!
Do Something Just for You
Prioritize your own desires! We spend all day giving to others, and by the end of the day we can feel empty. Take some time to do something just for you, whether it’s finally getting a hot shower, or going to bed early, or enjoying a new TV show. Catastrophe available on Amazon Instant Video has me cry-laughing! Taking care of yourself is a great way to make sure you can take care of your family.
Did I miss something? How do you keep yourself a happy stay-at-home mom? Tell me in the comments!
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