When you are making the decision to become a stay-at-home mom, other people will give you unsolicited advice and their opinions on the topic. They might be for it or against it.
When other people are stay-at-home moms themselves, they are more likely to give you tips on how to keep a working house in order, to keep your kids happy and to maintain a balance through it all. But most people fail to mention that it can be incredibly lonely to be a stay at home mom.
It’s almost like it is this unwritten rule not to admit it because somehow that means that we aren’t grateful in our lives or are unsatisfied with our lives. It is hard work taking care of a family 24/7. Feelings of loneliness are normal. The next time you are feeling lonely here are 3 ways to combat your loneliness.
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3 Ways to Combat Loneliness as a Stay-At-Home Mom
1. Make Mom Friends
Being able to have a friend you can commiserate with and have a conversation with is crucial to beating loneliness. It is even better when it is another stay-at-home mom because then they understand your struggles on a personal level.
What’s nice about getting together with another mom is that then your kids can play together and give you both some space to talk. You can do all the things you would do with your other friends. Coffee-dates, brunch, going out to lunch, sitting, and talking.
Even if it is not possible to leave your house for an outing, you could talk with your mom friends by phone or you could even Skype. (Because let’s face it, some days it would be like pulling teeth to leave your house. I get it, I’ve been there. I’m still there some days.)
You can meet other moms at places “moms” hang out. Places like parks, aquariums, your kid’s school. If meeting new people and making friends is seeming to be difficult, then venture online. You can find other moms on parenting blogs, forums, and social media sites. Become active on your favorite ones and don’t be afraid to give and ask for advice, join discussions, and become part of the mama network that supports other mamas online.
2. Get a Hobby
If you have read any of my other posts about being a stay-at-home mom, you would realize that having a hobby for yourself is a tip that comes up a lot. I probably sound like a broken record, but it is important as a stay at home mom to have a hobby.
Why? For so many reasons. In terms of combating loneliness, a hobby helps you reconnect with yourself. Depending on the hobby, it can get you outside of yourself and share your talents with the world.
Either try something new that you have always wanted to try. Or think about the hobbies you liked before coming a mom. Love art? Try making your own masterpieces. Love writing? Write that book you always wanted too.
(Honestly, this is an item on my bucket list. Write a book. Publish it either as a print or ebook.) Or if you are already online making and nurturing your mom friend relationships, why not start your own blog. It could be on anything you want it to be.
Crafts, mom advice, cooking, how you wrote that book, and the list goes on. You will be able to create a place where you can share your ideas with other mamas around the world as well as meet mamas from around the world. Building and maintaining your own blog will keep you busy so there won’t be any time to feel lonely.
3. Get Outside More
When your life revolves around your home, you don’t have to leave your home very often. And when that is the case, you get cooped up, which does nothing for your sanity or feelings of loneliness.
So, leave your house more, even when there is no need too. Even just going to a park with your little one or walking around a shopping mall being surrounded by people can bring peace and happiness. Just because you are a stay-at-home mom does not mean you have to stay at home.
Being a stay-at-home mom can get lonely. If you use these tips you can combat any of the loneliness you may feel being a stay-at-home mom.