What is required of us as stay-at-home mothers is almost inconceivable. There’s a lot that goes into taking care of and raising a family and still keeping the house together, making meals, doing laundry and so on.
Here are three ways that can help you not feel so fizzled out as a stay-at-home mama.
If it’s the only way that you’ll be able to get anything done, then wake a couple (or a few) hours before the rest of your family does.
You’ll relish in the peace and quiet that the early morning gives you and you’ll be able to handle the day in a more organized fashion since you’ll have a head start on everyone else.
Use the extra couple of hours to plan your day, enjoy your breakfast alone, even cut coupons.
All mamas need some alone time, you need time to focus the attention back on yourself because you are very important in this whole stay-at-home equation.
Whatever it is you need to get done – think things like prepping dinner, making to-do lists – you’ll be a lot more centered and grounded if you can take the quiet time to focus on you and your family without all the interruptions that happen once everyone else wakes.
This can be done at night after the kiddies have gone to sleep or you can tackle it in the early morning hours before the house buzzes.
If you have lists and goals for your day, you’re more apt to get things done rather than if you just wing it.
These to-do lists don’t have to equal to Superwoman’s, they just are there to guide your day and your goals for the long term.
Even simple things, like folding and putting laundry away, can seem like monumental tasks when you have kids running around asking you for everything, but they don’t have to be.
Lists can help to keep you, your kids, and your day on track.
Break Things Down
If you feel like you have a lot that you want to get done, you can start feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
But if you break down tasks into smaller, more manageable ones then they don’t seem unattainable – and that’s what you want.
Staying home with your kids is a big enough job, you don’t need any added stress or derailments involved.
If you have a mountain of laundry to get through, then finishing one load today is better than nothing. If you can’t get around to folding it and putting it all away, then do it in spurts.
If you’re running upstairs with the kids, grab five pieces to put away rather than the whole basket. Before you know it, all those trips around the house will lead you to having an empty laundry basket, a task to cross off your to-do list, and a more relaxed state of mind that that chore is complete.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and website content manager specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.