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How to Overcome Loneliness as a Stay at Home Mom

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How to overcome the loneliness as a Stay at Home Mom is not easy, but before I go into that I want to tell you a  about my past before I became a mom.

I was working full-time after I graduated college in my 20’s and I wished so badly I could be a Stay at Home mom some day.  I was always so jealous of those women who could stay home and didn’t have to worry Sunday night about going back to work Monday morning.  Mainly because I had a hard time finding a job I loved after college.

My vision of being a stay at home mom was one of fun, relaxation, and time to do whatever I wanted.  Oh how nice it would be.  Fast forward 10 years and I am living my Stay at Home Mom life and I was delusional back then. Lol! You never real know something unless you live it.

Ha! Being a Stay at Home Mom is no Joke and although at times it’s a blast, it’s rarely relaxing! I mean hello! I have kids, and there is nothing relaxing about that.  The one thing that I do have plenty of, is time.  Time seems to go so slowly as a stay at home mom and as soon as you think “Yes! It’s bedtime” you glance at the clock and you still have 1 hour to go.

I also have time to think about all the things I need to get done but can’t because of the demands of the little people running my household or the conversations I wish I could have with grown adults that doesn’t involve poop, screaming or crying.

As much as I love my kids and the fun and energy they bring to my life and our household I get lonely.  Day in and day out of being a full-time stay at home mom you never get a break.  Sometimes I envy those moms who go to work everyday.  I know it’s weird, but I would love to have a 30 minute commute to work as I sip on my coffee, uninterrupted and listen to silence or whatever the heck I want.  That right there sounds like heaven.

To be able to think full thoughts and speak whole sentences to another human being without pausing and screaming at my kids would be nice every once in a while.  Anyway, enough about me, you probably didn’t come to this post to hear about my loneliness.  You probably want ways to overcome your own loneliness as a Stay at Home Mom.

Below I have listed a few solutions that you should definitely try.  Regardless of what you decide to try getting out of the house is the first step.

9 Awesome Activities to Overcome Loneliness as a Stay at Home Mom

#1

Take your kids to the local Library.  Most Libraries offer free story time sessions that your kids would love!  You are also teaching them to love books and reading which will result in smart kids.  Plus you can let someone else (the librarian) tell your kids to hush for a change.  They will learn that mom isn’t the only one who tells them it’s quiet time.

#2

Do a google search for local mommy groups.  These are groups where moms and their kids get together once or twice a week for a play date at a park or even at each others houses.  It’s great because your kids will be so busy with all the other kids they won’t look to you to keep them entertained and maybe you can have some good conversations with some other mamas.

#3

If it is winter time find an indoor play area like a fast food place and keep the cost of lunch cheap.  Or not.  Eat your lunch while they play their little hearts out in a safe contained room.

#4

Organize Your own play groups if you don’t find any luck with your google search.  You could get to know some of your neighbors with kids and organize play dates.  Or look into joining some Mommy Facebook groups in your area and organize something through there.  I have compiled a list of links of some of my favorite Mommy Groups on Facebook for your convenience.  Go ahead and download it to take a look at later.

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#5

Join a Mommy and me gymnastics/yoga class.  This is one I have not tried, but I have heard a lot about them and I think it would be so much fun to try.

#6

Volunteer in PTA or Child’s Classroom.  I love having some peace and quiet when my kids are at school, but I think when they are in school full-time I may volunteer more to meet more moms.

#7

Join a group on Meet Up.  It is a website where you can connect with all kinds of different groups in your area.  There are family groups, arts and crafts groups, book clubs and so much more! You can also create a group for others to join.

#8

Get a gym membership and get those endorphins running.  If you need a mommy break this is perfect because most gyms offer childcare while you do your thing.  Work out, take a hot shower and get ready for the day, like ready, ready.  You can also meet other people there or take a class.

#9

Last, but certainly not least you could start your own business.  Yes, I am talking to you my fellow Stay at Home Mom.  It is so much fun and so rewarding to help contribute to your family’s income.  I know it seems pretty far-fetched and scary to think about, but I did it.  So can you.  You can read my article about being my own boss and all the businesses I have tried.  I have met so many great women and moms and I never feel alone.

 

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1 thought on “How to Overcome Loneliness as a Stay at Home Mom

  1. I like this post. Helpful tips, I did a couple of those when I had the first year of motherhood. HAHA. After my 2nd kid, I decided it is time to have my own business and challenge myself with balancing life. Since then I’ve been busy and forgetting about loneliness. It just feels good to have some adult conversations. =)

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