Beating the Stay at Home Mum Blues

Having kids is one of the greatest joys in life, and being able to stay at home with them is a great privilege, but it can also be lonely, isolating, and let’s face it, pretty boring at times. There’s only so many times you can watch the same episode of Peppa Pig or have a tea party with Teddy before you’re crying out for some stimulation.
If you want to beat the stay at home blues, here are some things you could try:

Go Out More

Instead of staying indoors all day, plan some outings to the local parks, museums and mum’s groups. You and the kids will have more fun in the fresh air, meeting other people and having new experiences that you would being cooped up at home all day.

I know that getting the kids organised for a day out isn’t always easy, neither are the very public tantrums they sometimes have, but trust me, making an effort to get out more will make a huge difference to your state of mind.

Work from Home

It isn’t for all mum’s, especially those with particularly boisterous children, but if you think that you’ll be able to handle it, working from home can be a great way to stave off the stay at home blues. If you don’t currently have a job, or the job you do have is not conducive to working from home, think about becoming self-employed. Blogging, starting an online store and working as a virtual assistant are all good choices for stay at home mums.

Meet with Other Adults

When you’re a stay at home mum, it’s vital that you maintain adult relationships. If you only ever talk to toddlers, you can partially feel your brain cells starting to falter, and you’ll soon forget what holding a grown up conversation is like. So, invite your mum friends over for coffee, visit the local cafĂ© and schedule regular date nights with your other half if you want to stay sane.

Try a Hobby

Whether you think playing Foxy Bingo would be lots of fun or you want to learn how to paint with oils, having fun and learning new things is possibly the best way to beat stay at home mum blues. Just taking some time to do what you want to do while the kids watch TV or play with their toys will help you to feel more like an individual with your own interests than a woman who’s just a mum.

Take an Online Class

Taking an online class is a great way to keep your brain engaged when you’re at home. It will also help you to launch a new career when your kids are older if that’s something you are interested in, and it will help to keep you engaged, especially if you choose a class that you have a real interest in whether that be maths, history or psychology. There are lots of low-cost courses, and student grants available to mum’s, so it’s an option that’s worth checking out.

Are you a stay at home mum? What do you do to keep the blues at bay?

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