For those that don’t stay at home full-time, looking in on our day can seem easy. Unfortunately, until you have become a stay-at-home mom, you don’t realize how quickly it can make you go insane. Your days can feel overwhelming and repetitive. Your evenings can make you feel like you’re running a free maid service. You may feel out of touch with all adult interaction/conversation. These things can really take a toll on our mental health. With postpartum depression and anxiety on the rise, I feel compelled to share some tips to keep you sane as a stay-at-home mom.
- Get out of the house.
It’s that simple. You absolutely cannot sit in your house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and not feel a little crazy. Even for a homebody like me, it gets a little smothering. Go on a walk, run to the grocery store, or just sit outside. You don’t have to be spending money or gas, but getting out is a must! When I am feeling particularly cramped, I hop in the car with my daughter and just go somewhere. Anywhere.
- Get on a cleaning schedule.
I know, in theory, this never turns out with kids. But, having a general cleaning schedule can really save you some headache at home. I follow a list for the week that helps me keep up with all my household chores without completely overwhelming me! Check back here next week for a free printable cleaning schedule!
- Make the bed.
I know, that doesn’t seem like it has anything to do with your sanity, but it does! Making the bed each morning contributes to a clean home. For me, when the bed is made, I am more likely to clean up the bedroom and put laundry away! If my bed isn’t made, my laundry almost always ends up folded in the living room for days to come. When my bed is made, I toss the laundry right on top, fold it, and put it away. It’s a win win!
- Put on real clothes.
I mean it! Put on something that makes you feel good. I know what you’re thinking “But, yoga pants DO make me feel good!” Hey girl, I get it! I live in those things! But, putting on a real outfit every once in a while has a way of making you feel like a real person. Trust me.
- Have a drink.
A real, good drink. If alcohol isn’t for you, then go out and get you a fruity little virgin drink from Applebees. It doesn’t matter! Well, it does to me. I don’t like wine or beer, but I really like Apple Ale. So, go get you a drink and sit outside, or go to bar or a restaurant and order you something delicious up STAT! You deserve it!
- Get some sleep.
Contrary to popular belief, stay-at-home moms can’t just nap whenever they feel like it! It’s easier for me now as a stay-at-home mom to one, but most moms have more than one child! Trying to nap with multiple children is just unheard of. So, if your hubby can man the fort once or twice a week while you get a few extra hours of shut-eye, do it! You need sleep too.
- Schedule a date night.
I know it’s not always easy to go out on a date. Maybe you can only afford to go once every month or two. Do it! Whenever you can, take a few hours to nurture your relationship with your husband. The kids will grow up and move out, but you’re in this marriage for the long haul! (Well, you’re into parenting for the long haul too, but you get what I mean!)
These are just a few tips I have learned so far! Do you have any tips to add to the list?