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Here's the thing about being a stay-at-home mom:
it can be isolating. Like, completely, overwhelmingly,
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.
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
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
Just go outside.
craving adult interaction. When you need to feel in control of something.
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.