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The Importance of Getting Out of the House as a SAHM

Photograph by Katie Michelle Reyes

Here's the thing about being a stay-at-home mom: it can be isolating. Like, completely, overwhelmingly, stay-in-your-home-with-your-crying-baby-and-don't-get-out-of-your-pajamas-all-day kind of isolating. It can be lonely. It can be depressing.

It can be.

But it doesn't have to be.

You can let the walls close in on you. You can stay inside your home and get buried under piles of laundry and dirty dishes. You can stay inside and avoid another tantrum in public from your little one. You can stay inside and avoid the 45-minute task of getting everyone dressed and ready to go out.

You can.

But you don't have to.

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Being a stay-at-home-mom is lonely, it is. You have no adult interaction. You talk to no one (or better yet, yourself). You go nowhere. You may even start to feel a little crazy. Some days, your life may seem akin to that of a prisoner.

But it doesn't have to.

Here's a little secret I've learned the hard way, after suffering from many bouts of "cabin fever": just get outside. That's it. Leave the house. Even if it's just a walk around the block. A trip to the coffee shop. Or hey, just going in your backyard!

But fight the urge to find an excuse to stay in and get out and live!

When you're feeling that isolation hit you hard. When you want to scream right alongside your baby. When your toddler is driving you nuts.

Just go outside.

When you're craving adult interaction. When you need to feel in control of something.

Just get out.

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I promise, things will look brighter. Sure, the laundry will still be lying there and the dishes may pile up. But who cares? Those things can wait.

Your sanity cannot.

So get outside. Fresh air is good for everyone.

You may not be put together 100 percent. Your hair may be in a messy bun on top of your head. You might be in the same leggings you've worn every day this week and your kids might still be in their jammies.

But fight the urge to find an excuse to stay in and get out and live! Even if your new idea of "living" is simply braving Target with your kids in tow.

Because, sometimes, that's all it takes.

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