Here are a few stay-at-home mom tips that help get me through those long days staying home and preserving my sanity
As a stay-at-home mom, I do know a little bit about staying home all day. And I know how it can be absolutely maddening after a little while. As a new mom, I was so excited to finally be at home all day with my kiddos, but the novelty wears off quickly. Here are a few stay at home mom tips that help get me through those long days staying home. I hope they help you too!
My Stay-At-Home Mom Tips
Keep A Schedule
It is so tempting to sleep until the last possible minute when you’re staying home. DON’T DO IT! Try to stick to a schedule so that you don’t feel like you’re completely lost. This will help your productivity and your mood! Go to bed at your normal time and wake up at your normal time. Take a long shower, read a little while with your morning coffee, do an at-home workout, or eat a good breakfast. Any and all of those activities will help you wake up and help you feel more relaxed and refreshed when it’s time to start your day.
One of the perks of staying home all day is getting to stay in your PJs right? While that may be true at first, staying in your pajamas all day will eventually get old. You will feel sloppy and unmotivated. Instead, get up, take a shower, brush your hair, and get dressed. You don’t necessarily need to wear jeans and a nice top. But don’t stay in what you slept in. Put on a pair of leggings and a tee that you’d wear out of the house. Throw on a comfy dress. Maybe put on a little makeup and accessorize. I used to stay in my pajamas most of the day and it always made me feel kinda gross. The days that I’m the happiest and most productive are the days when I get dressed for the day.
Clean Work Space
Just like you feel better and are more productive when you’re clean and put together, the same is true for the space around you. Take the extra time to put your dishes in the dishwasher or hang up the clothes you decided not to wear. A cluttered and dirty space drains you of your focus and energy. Spend a little time tidying up each day. Or set aside a day once a week, as I do. A clean space helps you feel more relaxed and focused throughout the day.
The biggest drawback to staying home all day is the access to all of the snacks! You grab a handful of chips and next thing you know, the whole bag is gone. Then after a few days of just snacking a lot, you don’t feel your best. It’s so important to make better snack options and good meals available to yourself when you’re always at home. Try choosing one day a week to meal prep for a few days. Prep your lunches, dinners or even both to make things really easy on yourself. By preparing ahead of time, you’re setting yourself up for having good, solid meals almost every day.
Also, prep a few healthy snacks to grab instead of reaching for the junk food. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t eat chips or desserts at all, just not all day. Nutritious meals will help boost your mood, your immune system and help keep life feeling normal. Also, drink plenty of water!
Get Some Fresh Air
Open the windows, go for a walk, drink your coffee on the patio in the morning or have a cocktail outside in the evening. Whatever! Just get outside! Staying cooped up inside all day is not good for your mood and could lead to feeling antsy or anxious. So get some Vitamin D! Whenever I feel like life is a little too crazy or I’m about to lose my mind, I load the kids in the stroller and go for a walk. It doesn’t fix everything, but it definitely makes me feel better.
There are a ton of different ways to move your body without going to the gym. Go for a walk, turn up some music and dance it out, or try an at-home workout. There are a ton of excellent at-home programs out there. You can check out this post from my friend Liz for some ideas for at-home workout programs. I use Tone It Up because there is such a wide variety of workout options, so I don’t get bored.
Take the time to take care of yourself. Enjoy an extra long shower or bath, paint your nails, read a book, unplug. When you’re staying home all day it’s very easy to have your home feel like a prison. Give yourself the space and time you need to relax and recharge. It will help you not completely hate your house. And be a better stay at home mom.
I honestly hope that these tips help you adjust to life as a stay at home mom. As an extrovert, I totally understand the challenges of being at home frequently. And remember it’s important to take care of yourself. Make yourself a priority, because you can’t pour from an empty cup!