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What do you do to stay sane?

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Meagan posted this 26 December 2018

I LOVE being a stay at home mom...but sometimes I get so lonely/bored! The house can only be cleaned so many times a week (and lets be honest, I only want to clean it so many times!). My child takes two naps a day-an am nap for 2 hours and a pm nap for anywhere between 1.5-3 hours. I have watched soooo many shows on netflix, read a million books....but I feel like sometimes the lack of adult interaction during the day is going to drive me crazy! What do you all do to stay sane when you have no adult contact all day long?

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Katherine posted this 4 weeks ago

Ever since i have become a mom i can't hangout the way i used to so i just have made friends with neighbors and usually spend some time of the day walking in the street with them and that really helps..

Luna posted this 31 March 2020

I go to the gym, watch a lot of dollar tree DIY crafts videos from youtube, also online shopping and looking for great deals or coupons

Mischa posted this 31 March 2020

Have you downloaded Marco Polo? It's an awesome app for recording videos you can send back and forth to friends who don't live close by. It's been great for me.....it's like you're able to have an in-person conversation without having to align schedules for a live FaceTime.

Lori posted this 28 February 2020

I workout from home using Beachbody on demand, go on walks, make good food, love the outdoors even though it is cold now 

Andrea posted this 27 February 2020

I know exactly how you feel. On top of it being winter time where we are cooped up in the house all day, we moved to a new city where I don't know many people anyhow. It's hard when everyone else is at work and you're at home feeling lonely. I like the MarcoPolo app because you can record video messages to keep in touch with friends, it's fun. 

Radha posted this 11 December 2019

a hobby, meditation, family and social life keep me going. Often times TV or music

Maeve posted this 11 December 2019

I second going to the gym. Preferably one with childcare. It helps your sanity and you can make friends!

Paula posted this 23 November 2019

books, tv, walks, activities with kid. doesn't always work with 'sanity' but it does help to a certain extent to stay occupied 

Devki posted this 23 November 2019

Pursue a hobby or create one. I started painting and jewellery making (final product was very average but quite rewarding). I also started a facebook group for stay at home moms in my county and we would meet quite often at each others home for potluck or tea. helped having friends.

Liyana posted this 23 November 2019

Get out and visit community events with your child! It's so fun and refreshing. A great way to make new connections with authentic people from the community. And volunteering. That's also something you can do with children and meet other to interact. 

Lilz posted this 22 November 2019

YouTube! I literally am on the hunt for something funny everyday. I deserve a good laugh, right?? Also, the local library has book clubs and audio books and movies. I'm often more tired than bored.


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Gabby posted this 20 November 2019

Read! Follow any blogs even?  Any house projects like - updating photos, wallpaper (like an accent wall in a small bathroom).   Obviously these are not projects to accomplish during one nap but still

Becky posted this 18 November 2019

Staying sane is a multistep process: A quick work out always helps me feels better. Listening to music as I tidy up is another option. Reading --- ask people to recommend books to you, especially page turners which will help you to just escape for a little while. It's nice to have something to look forward to, even if it's just netflix.

Katherine posted this 18 November 2019

I do the gym. It's nice to get out of the house and be around people, also gives my little babes a chance to interact with others with me still being right there. 

Sylvia posted this 18 November 2019

I posted but it didn't show up, so posting again. It can be very hard during the "2 naps/day" stage. It always seems to be naptime! While it's true what they say about resting when baby rests, adults don't need 5+ hours of rest during the day. First of all, know that you will move from this stage to 1 nap/day, then none - you'll get there! Meanwhile, is there another mom on the same schedule you could chat with sometimes during naps. You could keep each other sane! Also, if you have a portable nanny cam, sit outside or do a little yardwork or gardening - the fresh air and sunshine will do wonders and I remember from experience feeling like I "went somewhere" even if it was just the backyard LOL. Also there are lots of free/almost free online classes you could look into: online marketing, etc. - Hubspot has free courses for certification. Udemy also has certification courses - they run approx. $200 but watch for sales, classes are sometimes $10-15!!! You could occupy your mind an improve your skills and resume at the same time - and at your own pace!

Emma posted this 23 September 2019

I sometimes do side jobs on upwork that keep me pretty busy! You could also take up exercising if you don't already!

Jackie posted this 19 September 2019

I'm glad that you enjoy staying home!  I do, too!  But it is definitely a balancing act.  Personally, I don't mind not leaving the house a couple days per week, but I definitely need to have other days where I am busier.  Also the kids are happier when they are kept busy and not just home with the same toys every day.  Try the library, park, playdates

Trina posted this 05 June 2019

I used to do yoga!! I never wasted a nap time! lol

Carla posted this 04 June 2019

Stroller Strides has been so great for me. If there is one in your area, check it out! First class is free. It's a workout class with your LO, but they also do crafts, play groups, and mom "play dates" without the kiddos. 

lucy posted this 04 June 2019

This will change over time as your baby gets older and naps less. I really recommend finding a local group of parents with kids of similar ages. You might be able to find it online, through facebook or even here. But if it's a locally based group, you can also meet up with people in real life. The kids can play at the playground while parents drink coffee and chat, etc. Then during nap times you can text each other about how bored you are, lol. But also, it sounds like something that would exercise your brain a little bit would be good for you. Do you have a hobby you could work on during that time? Crafting of some kind, writing, etc?

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