Stay at home mom (SAHM) loneliness is no joke and it’s certainly a real thing. If you’re feeling lonely , I assure you, you are not alone! For so many mamas, going from working in an environment with oodles of people to chat with, down to only one or two, conversing strictly about toy cars and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse can be slightly…well, depressing (forgive me for being so blunt). Most can probably agree that the ability to stay home with your children is a blessing and we wouldn’t trade it for the world, BUT it can also be an adjustment. I see comments on social media all the time about how lonely staying at home with a kid can be and I can’t argue that. So if you struggle with SAHM loneliness here are some ideas to ease the transition.
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Confide in Your Husband
I would be willing to bet your husband would understand where you were coming from or would at least try if you confide in him. Be open and honest about your feelings. He’s your closest confidant so this topic shouldn’t be any different.
Call a Friend or Family Member
If you’re feeling like you need a new voice of reason or just someone to chat with, why not get on the good old telephone and call a friend or close family member? We’re so used to texting and social media that sometimes we forget how refreshing it is to hear the inflections in someone’s voice. To actually hear the excitement or joking tone. So if you feel like you need a pick me up, give your best bud a jingle.
Go to a Library Reading and Mingle with Other Mamas
A lot of towns offer a mom and children’s story time. This is a great way to meet other mamas in your area. Not all of them might be your cup of tea but hey, at least you can get a little bit of adult interaction among the chaos of toddlers and babies.
Strike Up a Conversation at the Park
If you see another mom awkwardly lingering making sure her kid doesn’t fall off the swings, go ahead and strike up a casual conversation. I think it’s safe to say most of us moms have been in an awkward park situation where there’s another mom but no one says anything. Don’t be like that, a simple “hello, how’s it going?” can go a long way.
Make Friends at a Religious Organization
If there’s a specific religious affiliation you have, then seeking other like minded individuals can be super helpful when feeling lonely. There’s most likely other mothers with little ones and it’s a positive environment. A great setting to make some new mom friends.
Go to Your Local Store
If I’m feeling particularly bored or lonely I’ll head to my local grocery store. It sounds silly, but striking up a conversation with my favorite cashier is actually refreshing. Even if it’s just a “how’s the weather” and “keeping busy?” It’s still nice to make small talk.
Find a Hobby You Enjoy That Isn’t Time Consuming
You may not be able to do this one on the daily but finding a hobby that you love that isn’t super time consuming can be really helpful for your state of mind. Some ideas might be, taking a run, taking a bike ride, taking a class at your local library, having a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop or reading your favorite book. All of these things can be done in a short time period and all are affordable. Tell your spouse you need 30 minutes to an hour or so, to allow you a quick break.
Chat With Neighbors
Start getting neighborly and strike up a conversation with the folks over the fence (unless they are jerks – then steer clear). Doesn’t have to be anything personal or serious but a nice quick chat can give you a refresh and a sense of adult interaction.
Join the From Son Up to Son Down Facebook Group
Another great option is to be a part of the FROM SON UP TO SON DOWN FB GROUP! It’s a group of mamas that share tips and stories about motherhood. It’s all positive and we will welcome you with open arms. Click here to join our group of supportive moms who are on this journey together!
So mama, I feel you. So many moms have had SAHM loneliness, so rest assured, you are not alone. Don’t feel guilty about your feelings and know that the people around you love you, especially your little peanut. Being a mom is exhausting (check out this article on SIGNS OF MOM EXHAUSTION) and can be a roller coaster of emotions. I hope these tips can help ease the transition of staying at home with your little one.
If you have any other ideas for mamas to try to combat SAHM loneliness, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear them!
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