9 Ways To Find Inspiration As A Stay At Home Mom

Last Updated: March 27, 2024

Being a stay at home mom is much more complex than I could have ever imagined! I am a first-time mom and worked until I was 39 weeks pregnant. Being able to stay home with my baby sounded like a dream! 

When we first 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.

I decided to become 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 I honestly had no idea how much goes into being a stay-at-home mom!

9 Ways to find inspiration as 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 yourselfto 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

9 Ways to Find Inspiration as a Stay-at-home Mom!

1. Go Outside

I’ve gone weeks without leaving my house because I felt tired and overwhelmed. But every time I finally went outside, I felt so much better. The fresh air, sunshine, and being surrounded by nature helped clear my mind and gave me new ideas and thoughts to ponder. Whether just a walk around the block or a hike in the woods, being outside can be incredibly beneficial for one’s mental and emotional well-being.

2. Wake Up First & Self-Care

Wake up before everyone else, if possible. This will give you some quiet time to hear yourself think, sit and relax, read, exercise, or do whatever you like. I used to wake up when my daughter woke up because I was tired and needed all the sleep I could get, but being woken up by her wasn’t any better.

I felt stressed from the start. Making some quiet time for yourself will help you appreciate the small joys of everyday life by being mindful and present in the moment. It can help you find inspiration in simple moments and cultivate a sense of gratitude.

3. Read

When I first became a mother, I found myself struggling with many challenges that came with this new role. I turned to books to help me find answers and guidance on topics like parenting, staying at home with my child, and dealing with baby eczema and food allergies. I realized many other parents had already faced and overcame these same challenges and had valuable tips and tricks to share.

I started listening to audiobooks while doing household chores to make the most of my limited time. I also discovered the Highway app, which provides concise summaries of books that can be read in under 20 minutes. These tools helped me learn more, faster, about the world of motherhood and parenting and made my journey as a new mom a little easier.

4. Limit Social Media

Being a mother and dealing with social media can be extremely stressful. With so many ways to do one simple thing, it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough or not doing it the right way. Comparing ourselves to other moms on social media isn’t helpful either and can make us feel even worse.

The expectations created by social media only add to this pressure. Therefore, limiting your screen time, focusing on yourself, and doing what you enjoy is essential. Don’t worry about meeting anyone else’s expectations, but rather focus on what makes you happy and fulfilled.

5. Listen To A Podcast

Choose a topic that interests you or a person who inspires you and whom you wish to learn more about. Listening to interviews, discussions, and inspiring stories can stimulate your mind and ignite new ideas.

Here are some of my favorite podcasts: The Ellen Fisher Podcast, Hey Shayla – Judgement-Free Motherhood, Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled, and The Art of Being Well with Dr. Will Cole.

Feel free to check them out and let me know how you like them!

6. Explore Hobbies

Rediscover old hobbies or try new ones. Whether it’s painting, gardening, writing, cooking, or crafting, engaging in activities you love can ignite your creativity and bring you joy. I took on reading and blogging.

It can’t always be about the kids.

exercise inspires stay at home moms

7. Exercise

Try attending a workout class, as it can be a great way to socialize (we stay-at-home moms can use some socializing time with other grown-ups). Working out in the morning can give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to conquer the day.

However, if morning exercise doesn’t suit you, feel free to work out whenever you have free time. You can try a class like Orangetheory, That’s where I went and I truly enjoyed it!

8. Connect With Other Moms

Joining mom groups or online communities can provide support, camaraderie, and fresh ideas. Sharing experiences with other moms can inspire you and provide valuable insights. Not only that, but you feel seen and understood at a time when it makes all the difference!

9. Seek Inspiration from Your Child

Children have a unique way of seeing the world. Pay attention to their curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm, and let them inspire you in your own pursuits. My daughter has taken me out of my comfort zone multiple times, and she’s only 4. Kids tend to be more outgoing, creative, and carefree, so don’t be afraid to follow their lead.

Last Thoughts:

Remember, inspiration can come from anywhere, so staying open-minded and curious is important as you navigate your journey as a stay-at-home mom. Embrace the beauty of everyday life and allow yourself to be inspired by the world around you. Even if you don’t have enough time, try to take at least 10 minutes in the morning to read and center yourself.

If you ask my partner, he will tell you that I’m different because of these nine things that genuinely helped me get out of my rut as a stay at home mom. I hope this post was helpful to you.

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