I’ve described this time we find ourselves in as being a stay at home mom on steroids.
If you felt stuck at home before all the social distancing, you really feel it now!
And with all the uncertainty and extra stresses that are going on, it’s more important now than ever before to get yourself and your family on a flexible routine and to take care of yourself.
How to Stay Sane when you Feel Stuck at Home
Structure Your Days.
Maybe your day to day life hasn’t changed a whole lot, or maybe it has. In any case, now is the time to figure out your routines.
At our house, a lot has stayed the same, but there have been a couple of major changes that had a big impact.
My husband is working from home which directly effects my routine. Plus the kids and I aren’t able to go out and about during the week, so we are spending a lot more time at home with my kids.
I had to tweak my daily routines to fit the new “normal” we are experiencing right now otherwise my days would be chaotic and I’d be going crazy.
If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to do the same. That’s why I always stress that your routines should be flexible.
Because interruptions happen. Some little interruptions like a lost shoe, and some really, really big interruptions like what’s going on in the world right now.
But those interruptions should not stop life from happening or cause your home to go into utter chaos.
If you are struggling to come up with routines as a stay at home mom in general or with the current situation you find yourself in, be sure to get a copy of my digital workbook Successful Stay at Home Mom.
You’ll be able to get to the end of your day feeling like you actually accomplished what you needed to do.
As you figure out your routines here are the basic steps to follow.
- Start with your anchors.
These are the things that happen consistently every day. They don’t move, like any anchor. Some examples would be meals, nap and bedtimes, school or work schedules.
- Next, fill in the in between times with the other things that you’d like to accomplish.
These are things that don’t have to happen at the same time every day, but do need to be accomplished at some point.
The Successful Stay at Home Mom workbook walks you step by step in setting up the 4 essential routines you need to organize your time for a successful day. Be sure to get your copy.
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Give Purpose to Your Days.
It’s so easy to feel like you have no purpose when you are stuck at home.
But I encourage you to give purpose to each day and not just wait for this time to get over with.
Here are some simple things you can do that will give your purpose.
- Get dressed every morning.
- Have 3 main goals for the day.
- Intentionally connect with and encourage your family.
- Limit screen time.
Be Intentional with Your Mindset.
You are probably hearing from all kinds of different sources online, on the TV, and from friends and family.
But you get to choose what your mind meditates on. You get to choose the attitude you have.
Yes, you have to stay informed, but make sure you aren’t informing yourself obsessively. If you feel like you are on edge and getting snappy with your kids, take a mind break and do something to distract your thoughts from all the negativity.
Here’s some quick tips.
- Start your day with meditation (prayer and Bible reading if you are a Christian)
- Journal your thoughts and thankfulness.
- Limit screen time.
- Acknowledge your stress and take deep breathes throughout the day.
- Stop fearful, negative thoughts and change them to grateful, positive ones.
- Look for people and ways to help and encourage where you can.
I recently read a quote that said, “You aren’t stuck at home. You are SAFE at home.” Perspective changes everything. Here’s encouragement to be content and happy as a stay at home mom.
We will get through this together!
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7