I love being a stay at home mom. I love being able to watch every step of my children’s growth and watch them develop their personalities. So don’t take any of this post as complaining about that. BUT-it’s tough! It really is difficult to do nothing but sit at home while one child is screaming and the other is demanding attention. It’s also difficult to have to clean up the same messes time and time and time again while the work you put into it goes unnoticed. And it is so stressful to know that you can’t contribute financially. On really bad days (like lately with no car here, while one baby is teething, it’s freezing cold outside, and my toddler is bored out of his mind) I need to find a way to de-stress. These are my favorite ways of taking a break after a long day.
1. Watching MY shows. One thing that I just recently noticed is that our TV is on a lot. Not that we necessarily sit in front of it all day long, it’s just on as background noise. And it’s constantly playing repeats of Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Peg + Cat (PBS shows). So to just be able and turn my mind off and veg on some Walking Dead or something is a great feeling.
2. Taking a bath (ALONE). I created a monster with my son. He loves the bath. It’s my fault because I too, love the bath. But now that he is older-bathing with him isn’t fun anymore. He tries to swim in the bath, and his little brother is just too little to go in with him so it’s either Mom gets in the tub with both boys or they get separate baths on separate days. Having a nice hot bubble bath with some Epsom salts all alone? Priceless.
3. Reading a funny book. I NEVER have time to read. When I get the chance, I enjoy something that doesn’t necessarily have to be continued or something I don’t have to pay too much attention to. My choice right now-The Honest Toddler. It’s so true, I love everything about it. It’s everything I could ask for in a book.
4. Crafting. I love doing crafts. Something about the tedious little complicated ones relieves so much stress for me. Maybe it’s just getting my mind onto something else for a little while, or it could just be the satisfaction I get knowing that I didn’t spend tons of money on something that I could make myself. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but it works.
5. A little exercise. So let’s be honest here, this is more like, “I planned on exercising, but then I realized that I’d rather have ice cream. So I’m going to actually exercise for about 5 minutes, then I won’t feel so bad about the ice cream.” Using a spoon counts as exercise, right?
6. Snuggling my babies close. So this sounds kind of silly when I’m complaining about being stressed by them all day, but it makes me happy. It reminds me that no matter what happens, these little guys will love me unconditionally.
Do you have anything that you helps you with de-stressing after a particularly hard day? Let us know below!