Being a SAHM can be incredibly lonely and isolating, especially if you have an infant or toddler. This is also true even if you have school age kids. I have been a SAHM since my middle child was 7 months (I did work briefly before having my third).
Being able to stay at home with your children should be a luxury, right?! Then how come a lot of SAHM suffer from depression? A SAHM works 24/7. We don’t get breaks or time to ourselves. So how can we beat these SAHM blues? Well, I have come up with a list to help you do just that!
- Find a mommy and me group in your area
This is a great way to beat the SAHM blues! A mommy and me group not only benefits you, but it also benefits your child! You are able to interact with other adults (something us SAHM’s crave!) and your little one gets to interact with children of their own age. This will also help your little one with their social development. Check your area (either your town or county) and see if their are any mommy and me groups that you could join. Some groups even do little day trips as well as weekly get togethers!
- Check your local library for story times
Most libraries have designated story times for different ages. My library has a story time for infants on Friday mornings and one for toddlers on Thursdays! Check to see what type of story times your local library offers! This will help you make new mommy friends in the area and allow your child to learn with other children his/her age.
- Take your child to the park
Taking your child to the park (or just getting outside on a nice day) is a great way to beat those SAHM blues. Hopefully, there will be other moms and children at the park as well for the both of you to interact with.
- Take some “me” time
This is so important for us SAHMs! We are with our children all day long that we typically forget to take some time for ourselves! When your husband gets home from work, try to have him take over for a bit. Go take a nice long kid-free shower or better yet a bubble bath! Go for a walk outside by yourself. See if a friend wants to meet you for a drink! Do something for you! You deserve it 😉
- Take your child for a walk
This is a great way to beat those SAHM blues! Take your child for a walk around the neighborhood or go to a trail. Just getting outside can help those blues!
This is an excellent way to get rid of those SAHM blues! Exercising not only increases your endorphins which can lift your mood but it also gets you into better shape (keeping up with those little ones is not easy)! You choose the workout that is right for you. I personally love yoga! It gets me into shape, increases my flexibility, and relaxes me when I feel stressed.
- Enroll your child in activities
This one may depend on your financial situation since this option costs money. This is a way for you to meet other moms, get out of the house, and keep your little one occupied. See what your area has to offer. Some good activities are music classes, gymnastics, youth sports, and dance.
- Try doTERRA essential oils
I love essential oils!!! doTERRA has so many oils that help relieve stress (lavender, serenity, balance, and elevation to name a few). You can diffuse these through your house for a mood boost or apply topically. If you have any questions about any of the amazing oils offered by doTERRA, please don’t hesitate to comment or email me for more information! For some information on some of these oils please read how-im-replacing-my-medicine-cabinet-with-essential-oils-part-1 and How I’m Replacig My Medicine Cabinet With Essential Oils-Part 2.
I hope that these ideas help you to beat those SAHM blues! What tricks do you use to uplift your mood? Also, check out my series of stories-from-a-sahm-my-baby-is-officially-crawling and stories-of-a-sahm-the-joys-of-sibling-rivalry! I hope you enjoy!