Staying Motivated + Energized as a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been a stay-at-home mom for just over two years now and now I have a toddler and a newborn. It's an exhausting job but I can't imagine doing anything else. My boys are just the best and even when they drive me insane (a 2-year-old who is terrible at listening and a newborn who enjoys eating practically all the time) I miss them when we're apart for just five minutes. 

I'm sure I'm not the only mama who gets so tired that I just can't function anymore, I get defeated and feel like hiding. There's nothing wrong with feeling that way, you aren't a bad mom for having those feelings. Promise. It's only natural that you would become exhausted after trying to keep tiny humans alive who can't even wipe their own butts. As natural as those feelings are, they aren't exactly fun. I have a few little tricks of the trade to help me stay motivated and energized and they will most definitely help you as well!

how to stay motivated + energized

Practice Self-Care

@@The fastest way for a mom to burn out is for her to forget about herself.@@ Even if you get energized from being around your kids and doing things for your kids you still need to take time for yourself. What is self-care? Self-care is taking time to do something for yourself. For you that may mean taking a nap, reading a book, or painting your nails. Last week I shared a post about the importance of self-care for mamas, read it here.

Get Dressed

When I first became a stay-at-home mom I didn't take the time to get dressed and put at least a little bit of make up on every morning. When I did start getting dressed everyday I saw a huge change, my attitude towards the day became more positive, I felt more confident, and I was ready for whatever the day threw at me. I also make it a priority to take the time to put on make up in the mornings. My toddler is more than happy to play in his room while watching something on the iPad and I can watch him on the monitor and I time getting ready so that my newborn is asleep for at least most of my getting ready time. Even if I don't shower (I shower every other day) I use dry shampoo and it just feels so good to have clean hair and clean clothes on.

Spend Time With God

Take just a few minutes in the morning to open up your Bible or Bible app and @@spend some time in the Word and your day will start off on a positive note@@. You could also print out these cute Bible verse cards and read through them in the morning or at random times during the day. If you're having trouble finding time for God time, check out my post on fitting your day in around God time, instead of the other way around.

Make Your Home a Creative + Inspiring Space

I don't get out of the house every single day, which is fine by me, I'm a serious homebody, but part of what makes it easy to be at home is that I've worked to make my home a space that I love to spend time in. It's far from perfect but I've chosen paint colors that make me happy and keep me inspired.

Exercise + Eat Healthy

I felt my best when I was regularly working out and eating a healthy diet (well as healthy as I can manage, ha). It's like taking the time to get dressed everyday, I just feel better about myself and exercising and eating healthy foods gives you more energy to chase your crazy kids around the house. I have a gym membership because I just couldn't motivate myself to workout at home but I do know many people who successfully workout at home, especially with the Beachbody workout program. But for me I needed people to keep me accountable and the gym is not cheap so knowing that we're paying for it keeps me motivated to use it. And my gym has childcare which makes it much easier to fit working out into my schedule. 

You've got a hard and vital job, mama, don't let yourself get burnt out. @@How do you stay motivated and energized as a stay-at-home mama?@@

Abby Barstow