If you’re like me, a stay-at-home mom that needs its routine and time to call home, you may be underperforming. You can try to take a little time off from children by taking a good smoke with the best cigar lighter. We’re more than a week into what I call our “new normal,” which means many individuals are slowly or very quickly losing their minds when stuck at home, both as a primary pleasure and as a parent, while also figuring out how to make the most of their time. So, it is essential to find joy as a mother. Besides, you may try some helpful tips to find joy at home below.
Focus on Today
Yes, it’s scary to feel like you have no control over the long term, rather than knowing how long something like this can last. That’s why I try not to think too long term. What’s the point of thinking a few months from now, two weeks from now, if we have no idea what’s going to happen. We can’t rehearse for what we don’t know, but what we can do is focus on today: what can I do right now? We can only try to focus on the next step that will help us keep anxiety and depression at bay for longer.
Lower Your Expectations
I know you all have seen a lot of color-coded apps all over social media with actions taken by moms for their babies. I don’t have an app yet, but I will probably buy one because my son does better when he has a plan in front of him and knows exactly what to expect. Maybe then he’ll find the work done. Maybe he’ll enjoy learning. I’m not going to worry and I don’t want him to stress out. If we don’t stick to this plan exactly as written, who cares?
Focus on What You Enjoy
I have never been a mother. Now you will discover many more hours in the day where I have to choose between being on the floor and working or doing the distance so I don’t have to be on the floor and working with. That being said, I am trying to put more effort into motherhood today because I know I won’t have that quality time with my son when he is older. A very good friend told me to find things to do with him that I would enjoy as well, this has helped and given me many more options of how we can spend time together.
Dance a Lot
On nights when I am in charge of bedtime, my son and I dance to a song in his area before reading books and he falls asleep. At that point I’m usually pretty tired, dancing is the last thing I want to do, but I feel better after dancing. Dance with your kids or on your home computer, but if you’re feeling stressed and depressed, skip the dancing and the songs. There are many electronic dance parties online that will allow you to feel much less lonely while dancing socially.
When I’m depressed, all I want to do is sleep in my bed. I am also content to sit on the couch and watch TV. When I have anxiety, exercise helps me calm down. Since I’m often anxious and despondent at the same time, I usually end up on the couch or mattress, but I force myself to go outside (and possibly do some jumping jacks) with my son in each of our backyards. Most of us want to exercise, air and sunshine right now.