When you’re a career professional without kids, sometimes the thought of settling down as a stay at home mom with your most important job being your children sounds pretty good. You don’t have to worry about deadlines, strapping on panty hoes or horrible bosses. If you are lucky enough to one day live the dream of becoming a stay at home mom, you may soon find out there are a whole new set of obstacles to overcome, most of them emotional. Let’s stop right here and also give a shout out to fellow WFHM’s, or Work From Home Moms. Often we get lumped into the SAHM category, which is fine but also brings another layer of stress. Not only are we combatting the pressures of taking care of our children but also are back to meeting deadlines from the doldrums of our home office or kitchen table. Just this morning, I woke up feeling incredibly lonely. Working from home doesn’t exactly leave me that much time to meet new people, and moving to a new area also leaves me shorthanded with immediate friendships. When I finally have a free moment to schedule a playdate, everyone else has already made plans. Rather than sulk in my blues, I’ve come up with a list to get out of them and hopefully keep them at bay. If you find yourself in the same sentiment, then read on!
1. Get Up, Get Dressed & Take Care of Yourself
Even though its nice to have the option to dress in sweat pants everyday, it doesn’t mean you should. Do you remember what it felt like to get dressed for work? While you may have been uncomfortable, it gave you a sense of purpose. You have purpose as a mother too! Make it a priority to get up and change out of your pajamas. Put on a bra and comb your hair. You don’t have to spruce up like you’re going to a gala, but getting dressed will pull you out of a sleepy funk.