Cheerios on the floor, fingerprints on the wall, laundry going all day, and The Wiggles on TV. That is the day of a stay-at-home mom in short.
Our littles are the sweetest gifts, but when we spend 24/7 with them, things can get a bit nutty. Here are a few tips to keep you feeling sane.
- Develop a routine
Although this can become mundane, it helps you to feel the least bit in control of your day when everything else feels completely out of your control.. We all know with little ones that every minute is different. However, they also will catch on to the schedule you’ve made over time, and you’ll find things flow better throughout the day.
- Make time for wellness
You need to make time to refuel yourself. Yes, I said make time. This might mean saying no to other things (like social media) so that you can read a book, have prayer time, or do a workout. If you don’t refill your tank, you will always run on empty, and we all know that means a not-so-joyful momma.
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- Recruit help
Ask a family member or friend if they can watch your little, even if it’s for a couple hours a week. I know it is tempting to feel guilty for wanting time to yourself, but I promise you that family and friends love spending time with your baby, and seeing you be well, so don’t be afraid to reach out!
- Ignite a passion
When the baby is sleeping, or your toddler is playing content on their own, have something you can spend your time doing that lights you up. Maybe it’s writing that book you always thought about, or taking up sewing, or starting that project in your house you always dreamed about. Doing this makes life exciting in the midst of routine.
- Document your journey
The benefit of being home with your baby or toddler is that you get to see all of the milestones! You don’t miss a beat! So make it worthwhile to write about it, and document every new stage. When you look back one day, you will be able to relive those moments. You will have the opportunity to share them with you child, and bond over it.
- Have a shoulder to cry on
I think this one goes for both stay-at-home moms and working moms, nonetheless, it’s SO important. Make sure you have someone who is readily available to call and listen to you when you just need to vent. I can speak from experience that sometimes you just want to boil over to release the emotions welled up inside of you because, sometimes, motherhood is just straight up HARD. It’s also nice to be able to talk to an adult since you won’t see those for most of your day.
- Make your house a home
This is where you’ll be spending all of your time, so make it as cozy as possible. Make it your own, and take the time to play with what makes you feel joyful and happy. You are the boss now; you are in control! (I mean, your husband has a say too, but he’s not home as much as you are, so…😉)
- Get out
I’m going to ignore the fact that there is a pandemic right now, and say that going out and about will help you feel refreshed! I know that the more time you spend at home, the less you want to leave it. However, once you make the effort to get out, you will be so glad you did! Even something as simple as grabbing a coffee. You will feel renewed with the change of scenery.
- Accept the mess
Tidy is no longer in your vocabulary. I mean, once the kids are in bed for the night, you will see your floors again, but during the day, you may as well throw in the towel. No need to pick up during the day because you will be wasting your energy. I know it’s hard and overwhelming to see things out of place, but it is low on your priority list right now. Your sanity and family come first.
- Soak up the cuddles
I know in this season you are tired and time seems to be standing still, but I promise you it is passing you by. That means you should embrace as many cuddles and kisses as possible! You are so blessed to be with your babies! You will look back and miss these moments! So make the most of them, momma! 💕
Being a stay-at-home mom is not easy, but it is irreplaceable! There are hard times and good times, just like there is with everything else. However, never underestimate the goodness you have been given to spend precious moments with your babies!
Stay strong mommas! ❤️
- Jess 🙂
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