I believe being a stay-at-home mom is just as hard as being a working mom and they both have the need to relieve stress. Some may disagree, but only stay-at-home mom will truly know the difference.
We go from waking twice as early to make breakfast before kids go to school all the way to changing diapers in the middle of the night. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, chasing, the crying while you’re trying to do something.
Yes, it’s hard, and it can be very stressful especially when your S.O is at work and you’re by yourself trying to get everything done.
Trust me, sometimes me and the shower don’t even see each other. So, for us wonderful moms who have the courage to give up our jobs to be a full-time mom, here are some tips to get through the day and relieve stress.
Time management and planning
Time is very crucial element in a stay-at-home mom’s routines. For me, every night before I go to bed, I need to plan out in my head the things I’ll be doing from the very moment I wake up till dinner time, because if not I would be a reckless mess.
Don’t try to finish everything in one day.
Remember you’re a stay-at-home mom, meaning your home every day, so whatever you don’t get to finish today you can do tomorrow.
Make it a bit easier for you, and you can insert a little bit of nap time in between. Are you worried your husband might say something if one thing isn’t done? Don’t! I bet he’ll understand when he sees how tired you are, plus your job is 24/7 while he gets the 8-5.
You can make a weekly planner to help you with this, in that way you’re not trying to cram everything throughout the day.
Trust me, you don’t need to clean the house every single day. I don’t. Make it every other day, so the next day you can worry less about cleaning and get other things done.
For meal preparations. Ask your kids to chip in ideas, make them pick 2/7 dinners, and make your husband pick the other three.
You can worry less on thinking about what to make that day or what would they want or if they would like what you cooked. Everybody’s happy.
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Whether it’s a girl’s night, a date night or a solo night. Go out. You need to get out of the house at least once a week.
Call your girlfriends, have a nice chat with them. Nice conversation with friends and having fun and laughter can go a long way in getting those stress hormones down a notch.
Go out with your husband or simply just go out by yourself, buy yourself some ice cream, go to the salon and have a nice pedicure, take a walk in the park and get some fresh air! It will relieve your mind from all the things you need to think about when you’re inside the house.
do what you love
Have a hobby? A passion for something but don’t really have the time for it? Make some!
Do you love painting? Go paint! Do you love reading? Leave the unfolded clothes alone and sit down and read a good book!
The clothes won’t go anywhere and can be done the next day. I say give up one thing in the day to do what you love. Make time for it.
ask for help
Never hesitate to ask for help. Not because you’re the mom who is home all day means you don’t get exhausted.
You don’t have to do everything yourself. If you have kids who are old enough for chores, designate them.
If it’s just you’re S.O and you with a little one, ask him for help because after all it takes two to tango and you indeed did not make that baby alone. Alternate with feeding schedules so you can have a little bit of rest or get something done.
plan a cuddle night or a movie night
This is my personal favorite. Make plans for either a Friday or Saturday night to be your movie night but I like to call it the cuddle night.
Do less things during this day so you’re not so tired at the end of the day.
Prepare fun snacks for the kids, you can even let them help! It might get messy, but it’ll be fun for all of you. Then let the kids pick the movie so they’ll enjoy it, snuggle up with them and just relax in the warmth of your children while having a good laugh.
Trust me, best stress reliever ever.