Being a stay at home mom is much more complex than I could have ever imagined!
I am a first-time mom, and I worked until I was 39 weeks pregnant.
Being able to stay home with my baby sounded like a dream!
In the beginning, when we got home from the hospital, I was so busy processing this new role of motherhood and learning to care for a newborn baby that nothing else mattered.
I enjoyed being there when my daughter reached a new milestone, sleeping in later if the baby had a rough night, or relaxing when possible.
Therefore, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom for at least the first year because I couldn’t imagine going to work after a sleepless night (which there have been many!).
But, honestly I had no idea how much goes into being a stay-at-home mom!
Changing Diapers 10x, Breast pumping 10x, Feeding your baby 10x, bathing your baby, cooking 2-3x, cleaning 100x, taking a shower, laundry 100x, and the list goes on!
I was shocked to learn I was cleaning way more as a mom than ever in my life!
After a while, you start to think: “is this all I will be doing all day, every day?!”
“Will, I ever have time for myself?”
Is it true “once you have kids, your life is over!?” (I’ve heard this many times)
I could honestly see how you can get lost in motherhood if you don’t stop and reflect on how you feel!
You have to make time for yourself to be a better mom and trust me, there is time!
I would cry, get angry, overwhelmed, anxious, and sad because I just wanted time to press the pause button.
Crazy enough, I came to realize I was the only one getting in the way of that. As a stay at home mom, you are always on the go go go, but we must stop and take breaks.
“In the end, I’m the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life”
-Janene W. Baadsgard
Think about that!
Let’s get into the 6 Ways To Find Inspiration As A Stay At Home Mom that can help inspire the happy, creative, fun mom inside of you.
1. Go Outside
I honestly have gone weeks without leaving my house once! I just felt too tired and overwhelmed to go out.
But, whenever I went out I was so happy to take in the fresh air, the sun, and my surrounding. Being outside inspired creativity from the people I saw and the things I heard.
2. Wake up Before Everyone!
So you can have some quiet time!
Time to hear yourself think. Time to sit and do nothing. Time to read. Time to exercise, or for whatever you choose to do.
I use to wake up when my daughter woke up because I was tired but this was setting me up to burn out because I felt like I didn’t have time for myself!
Read books on areas you are currently struggling with! Whether it’s in motherhood, self- development, marriage, etc. because you are not alone in this struggle and someone has already overcome this milestone and has tips and tricks to help you!
Great options: Audible (listen to books when getting things done around the house) or try the Highway app, it allows you to read summarized books in less than 20 mins.
4. Watch A MasterClass
Masterclass helps inspire us through successful peoples stories to success. People we love, admire, or idolize share tips on the skills they have mastered throughout their life and career. Masterclass helped me see that we are all similar in certain ways and we can all achieve things we truly want with the right skills and mindset.
5. Listen To A Podcast
Pick a topic you want to learn more of or a person who inspires you and you wish to learn more from.
Some of my favorite podcasts are:
- The Ellen Fisher Podcast
- Hey Shayla- Judgement Free Motherhood
- Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled
- The Art of Being Well with Dr.Will Cole
Go to a work out class if you can because socializing helps a lot. Exercise in the morning truly makes you want to conquer the world. However, your exercise doesn’t have to be in the morning it can be whenever you find free time.
(I recently started going to orangetheory and I love it!)
You may think you don’t have time, but you do! Even if it’s 15 mins to read in the morning.
If you ask hubby, he will tell you I’m a different person because of these 6 things that truly helped inspire me out of the rut I was in!
I hope this post was helpful! These Six Tips truly help me so much!
Let me know in the comments below, which of the six are you most excited to try?!