Being a stay at home mom is one of the greatest, hardest, joyous, and toughest job there is. (Tweet this)
The days are long, some days are REALLY long. It is emotionally and physically exhausting. The endless diapers, constant use of the word ‘no’, the screams of delight, seemingly endless mealtimes…it is the stuff of crazy making.
So, how does a semi-normal stay at home mama (like yourself) stay sane amidst it all?
Here are a few ideas that have helped me, I would love to hear any additional ideas you have in the comments!
1. Sleep – it seems counter intuitive. You don’t get much sleep as a mama. But you need a lot of it. Especially if you are pregnant or nursing. Your body needs the energy to keep chasing after those precious babies. So, mama, stop checking Facebook. Stop Pinning. Put the book away. Go to sleep. Your body, your husband and your kids will thank you.
2. Have a schedule – This has been so helpful to keep me sane in the midst of the insanity. My little gal knows that at a certain time of day, it is nap time. It is just how it is, therefore, there is no fighting or fussing. She goes and gets her Ducky and crawls into bed. She also knows that after nap time, it is usually time to eat. So, it cuts down on the amount of times she says, “Eat” every day. Because of the routine, she only says it 59 times instead of 1,234 times. (kidding)
3. Mama’s Time Out – This could be just time to poop in peace. Oh the luxuries that we took for granted when we were working. One thing that has helped me, is journaling. I love being able to process what is going on in my head and heart. If you need help coming up with some journaling ideas, check out this series; Mama’s Time Out.
4. Teach your kids to play independently – My daughter is happy just to play by herself. Granted, I make an effort to spend time with her each day doing educational activities, but most of the day, she is happy just to play with things independently. Pom Poms have been a lifesaver. I have a few other tricks up my sleeve that I will be sharing in the next week. Whatever it is you use, train them to play by themselves. (Right now, while I’m working, my daughter is playing with pool noodles)
5. Have a monthly get away – This isn’t a week long vacation (you wish!), this is just an hour or two, for you to get away. My husband has committed to giving me this time each month. It is just a few hours where I can go and do what I want. I can journal, read a book, shop for myself, whatever. This is so important, so you can remember who you are without kids. It feels weird. Honestly, it feels a little…lonely. But it is so essential.
There you have it, 5 simple but effective ways to keep your sanity while being a stay at home mom.
What would you add to this list?
If you liked these tips, will you please share them with other mamas you know! Let’s help each other stay sane!