Being a stay-at-home mum may be a challenging experience, but you can still make it a fun one! There are ways to ensure that you can enjoy the process. Below are some helpful tips that may help you to turn this lifestyle into an enjoyable one.
Don’t Stop Going Out
Exercise is essential for the mental and physical health of both mum and baby. Get a good quality stroller so you can take regular walks. Try to do this at least two to three times a week. You can make the trip more comfortable by heading to a park near your house.
Alternatively, if you have a playground area just within your neighbourhood, you can head there for a short walk too!
Get Dressed Like You’re Going Out
Starting the day with confidence is key to a good & productive day ahead! You can dress up even if you’re not heading out. Wear your favourite dress, do your hair and put on some makeup as you get ready for the day.
Trust us, this newfound sense of confidence is going to ready you for all the challenges that await you for the day.
Take a Break Now and Then
Every job comes with its burnouts now and then. Don’t stop taking care of yourself just because you have your child to care for now too!
Have a rest day every week, and hire a baby sitter for the weekend every other week to give yourself some pampering, go out with your best friends or to have a trip to the mall nearby for a shopping session. Your body and mind will thank you for this break!
Look Out for Mum Communities in Your Area
Mums understand other moms best. Meet up with other moms in your neighbourhood, church group, or online groups now and then. Meaningful friendships built from similar experiences can help you much more than you think!
With any luck, you might find that you don’t feel as lonely with frequent mom meet-ups and gatherings.
Pick Up a Hobby
So, you’re learning more about how to take care of a smaller human being. Why not pick up something else on the side that you are interested in? Having a hobby to occupy yourself with while your toddler is all settled down can be a fulfilling activity.
Try learning a new language, writing, crafting, or any other activities that spark joy in your mind and heart. Alternatively, you can pick up right where you left off with your old hobby.
Focus on What You Can Do
You have started your day positively by dressing up. So, why not end the day on a positive note too?
Encourage yourself by focusing on the things that you have done right for the day. Keep a gratitude journal or at least, spare five to ten minutes every night to tell yourself just what you were able to achieve.
Accept that there is No Perfection
You are trying your best. You need to realise that there is only so much you can do and control. When you do, however, the rest of the journey will be much easier to go through.
Be gentle and forgiving to yourself, and always do your best. Remember that you shouldn’t be afraid of being an imperfect mother, because no one is!