Feeling stir-crazy from staying at home with the kids all the time?
Tell me about it.
There’s no denying that stay-at-home parents tend to get antsy after the honeymoon period of new parenthood wears off. Sure, we want to spend as much time with our kids as possible, but what about you?
Your hobbies. Your well-being. Heck, your sanity.
For the sake of your mental and physical health, it’s crucial to find reasons to engage their minds and bodies in some way, shape or form day after day. Doing so is easier said than done when you don’t have an office or career to kick you in the pants; however, there are steps you can take to improve your livelihood and ensure that you don’t spend every day in front of the couch in sweatpants.
So, where can you start? Consider the following three ideas to be fair game regardless of your stay-at-home situation
Find Time to Trim Your Waistline
It’s easy to ignore your waistline when you’re knee-deep in diapers; however, letting yourself go is oftentimes a miserable experience for your entire family. Think about it: lacking the energy to play with your kids or do anything physical with your partner is a total drag. That’s not even getting into the nitty gritty of potential health problems that could arise from ignoring your activity level.
That’s why I’d highly recommend weight loss coaching and cooking classes as absolutely must-do’s for those looking to get out of the house and take care of themselves. The former can encourage positive habits that ensure you put in the work to keep yourself. Meanwhile, learning to cook properly benefits your entire family with delicious meals and helps with your weight loss efforts as well.
Join a Book Club
While the concept of book clubs might be somewhat antiquated, the benefits of regular reading are impossible to deny. From mental sharpness to pure entertaining, book clubs are an awesome way to engage your brain and meet new people. Having something to look forward to week after week is always a plus; likewise, such meetings give otherwise lonely parents a reason to socialize.
There’s likely a local book club in your own backyard: if not, starting your own club with your circle of friends may be your best bet. Even if you can’t meet in person week after week, virtual book clubs via Facebook are also popular right now.
Start a Blog
Every parent is different in terms of their journey, so why not tell your unique story? Parenting blogs will always be in-style as new parents are constantly looking for motivation and inspiration. Chances are, you have a compelling story to tell even if you’re not far in your own parenting journey.
Beyond forming meaningful relationships online and honing your writing skills, blogging can be an excellent way to relieve stress and express yourself creatively. After all, having a creative outlet is crucial to your mental health.
Your journey in the blogosphere doesn’t have to be reserved for parenting either. If there’s any hobbies or interests that caught your fancy prior to parenthood, why not write about that?
While it may be daunting to undertake all of these activities at once, consider how you can find opportunities to ease into them. Doing so could potentially transform your mental and physical well-being: all you have to do is take the initiative to get started.