Alright mamas… this one’s for you! Any mamas, really, but specifically the mamas that stay at home. Our days are long, but they zoom by at the same time, a whirlwind of diapers, blocks, snacks, and hopefully not whining. I know for myself, it has been hard to make sure that through taking care of my little one and my husband I still remember to take care of myself. Some days have gone by and I feel like I’m drowning, and barely surviving. So, I knew I wanted to write this post of my tips to THRIVE as a stay-at-home mom. Now, you probably won’t be able to do all these things all in the same day- ever. I try, but it neverhappens. If I can get 2 or 3 of these into one day, I call it a success! Happiness and thriving are all about creating balance in your life. Things can get pretty out of whack, but these things can restore that balance for you, mom.
Okay, the first one is pretty basic, but if you are anything like me, it’s probably the last thing on my mind throughout the day. However, one thing I’ve really been trying to do lately is take better care of ME. I’m talking the basics here- eating healthier, taking my vitamins, drinking plenty (more than one glass) of water, showering before the afternoon, and sometimes even managing to keep my legs shaved. This one is probably the most important because our health, well being, and most definitely our diet and hydration level can affect our mood. And we know mom’s mood can set the tone for everyone else, and can really make a difference in how the day goes. It goes along with that saying- you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself, you know… put on your oxygen mask and then help the person in the seat next to you.
Don’t roll your eyes… pretty please? Hear me out. This one really falls underneath taking care of YOU, but I know this is probably last on most everyone’s list. But I’m telling you… it can make a world of difference. Even if it’s a 30 minute walk around your neighborhood. Load the kiddos up in the stroller and hit the sidewalk. Or, pop a DVD in the DVD player during nap time. Get moving mama, you’ll have more energy and you’ll be happier, I promise!
I know your days are busy, and there is so much to do, but it really does help if you take some time to relax. If it’s been a really bad day for me, when my husband comes home I declare it “Mommy Time Out” time and I hide in our bedroom for 20 minutes or so and play Farmville on my tablet. Those little cows and chickens don’t scream at me, it’s nice. My husband entertains the little one for a few minutes and I come back feeling refreshed. My other favorite is a hot bath- I use Dr. Teals’ Epsom Salts and I love the aromatherapy line from Bath and Body Works, too! If it’s so much as taking 5 minutes for yourself and putting some lotion on. Take just a few minutes to make sure you are relaxing and getting a refresher!
My secret to having some semblance of structure to our day is my plan. I keep a plan for lots of things- meals we’re going to eat, parts of the house I’m going to clean, activities I’ll be doing with my little one, etc…. Remember my planner organization update? My planner saves me. I don’t know what I would do if I went into each day with no clue what we had going on or what I wanted to get accomplished. I also use routines- specifically for cleaning to help myself keep the house tidy, but I swear by routines. They can easily bring order to your home in no time. If you want to implement a new routine, start by writing down what you want to happen, then hang it on your mirror or fridge so you can easily refer to it until it becomes a habit! Use a planner or printables– whatever you need, and get your day organized.
Okay, this one is a biggie. As a stay-at-home mom I know sometimes it can feel pretty yucky not going out and having a career or job to focus on. Even with my business I still feel this way sometimes, like all I do is sit at the house and change poopy butts. Seriously, so I do my best to stay focused. Even beyond my business and blog I think of things I want to change- implementing a new cleaning schedule, working out so many days a week, etc… I set those goals so I have something to focus on and so that I know I’m working towards something and working towards improving my life.
Staying at home everyday with little ones can be really, really hard. Make sure you avoid the burnout and keep on thriving! If you are thriving, I bet your family does, too!
What tips do you have for other stay-at-home moms out there? Leave them in the comments!