Time. For some of us there never seems to be enough hours in the day but for many of us right now, it may seem there are too many hours in the day. If you find yourself struggling to the fill the day with constructive or interesting things to do, I’m here to help.
I’ve been thinking about how times like the current are always great for learning something new. Why not learn a new skill or hobby? While there is nothing wrong with binging Netflix, it can really help being productive to counteract feelings of depression or being stuck in your home. You might need to purchase materials for some of these so do your research before you commit to a huge project.
Learn to dehydrate food for your own snacks. We have this dehydrator and it’s great!
Make your own jams and jellies. Once strawberries are in season, I’ll be making my own this summer!
Perfect your baking skills. I just bought these adorable cookie cutters to make my own cheese crackers. My sons also love to use them with play dough. I just wash them in hot soapy water!
Learn to fillet fish
Learn how to make sushi
Learn to paint with unusual mediums.
Start a hydroponic garden (indoors). It’s never a bad idea to be able to grow your own food!
Start a soil based indoor garden from seed and then transfer your seedlings to an outdoor garden once the weather warms up! A neighbour we had did this every year and saved herself so much time and money.
Sculpt with clay
Learn photography. I bought my first Digital SLR secondhand and it was a great way to try something new without breaking the bank!
Take an online course (Herbal Academy is currently offering courses at 50% OFF! There is a chance many other institutions are doing discounted courses at this time!) I started their introductory herbal course, it’s wonderful!
Take your new skills a step further a make something for a neighbour or someone in need. You don’t even have to see them to give it to them-just leave it on their doorstep.
It’s never a bad time to learn a new skill that might save you time and money in the future. Think about the Great Depression-an era that produced some incredibly innovative people because they had to learn to live with next to nothing.
What are some new skills or hobbies you’re interested in trying? I’d love to hear from you!
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I glance at the clock on the wall for the 100th time today. It’s ONLY 3:30 pm. My husband won’t be home until 7pm. The day is dragging. My 7 month old is teething while my toddler is have meltdowns about literally everything. I’m exhausted, unshowered no one has napped all day and I’m DONE.
I was diagnosed with extreme Postpartum anxiety after the birth of my first son. As I’ve continued to journey through PPA, had another baby and adjusted to other changes in my life, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve done that have helped me through this season of motherhood.
Established A Routine: If you know me at all, you know I reside in the camp of pro-sleep training and routines. These things have helped immensely with giving my day a sense of direction and purpose. It can be difficult in the beginning when babies require a lot of daytime sleep. You may feel like you can’t leave your house and that may be true for a few months until they can stay awake for longer periods of time. Find a balance that works for you!
Found Mom Friends: This can be hard, I understand. I encourage you to find even one mom friend that you feel comfortable being with and make it a priority to get together (with or without babies) for fellowship. This has brought me LIFE in the toughest of seasons. Social media can be a great tool here, as well. Maybe that looks like a mom group on Facebook or a breastfeeding support group, or play group during the week. Whatever it looks like, find what works for you.
Get Myself (and the kids) Out Of The House: I know this is hard too! Trust me. When we had one car it was NOT my favourite thing to juggle taking my husband to work. BUT I have found how important it is to have a change of scenery. You don’t even have to spend money to do this. You can go to the library, community center, parks, indoor rec center with walking tracks, etc. Even now that I have the car every day, I still walk everywhere most days.
Meet Your Husband/Partner Halfway: If you can’t get out as easily during the day, find a way to get out in the evening by yourself while your baby daddy holds down the fort. It’s really important to do this! I did this in the winter more often because it was difficult to get out during the daytime. I would drive to the mall and walk around or meet a friend for coffee. It also meant letting go of that control of being the person who predominately cares for my children. I think this goes for letting other family help as well. I’m grateful to my husband’s family who helps us with our boys.
Take Care of Your Body. This this this! How you do this is going to look different than the next mama. If you like to work out, do it! If you need a lot of sleep then prioritize that. Take care of your skin and hair. Hydrate and eat nourishing foods. But also, maybe right now is not the time to try some extreme fitness program or diet. Be gentle with your body, she’s done some major work recently. Health is a lifestyle and you get to decide what that looks like for you.
Find A Hobby: THIS. Finding something (or a few things) for myself that I enjoy has given me so much life in this season as new mom while struggling with PPA. I’ve always loved writing. I started using essential oils a few years ago. This lead me to experimenting with making my own natural skin care, body and household products. When I had my son, I had an explosion of ideas to write about as well as new products to experiment making. It only made sense to combine the things I loved and start blogging. It really revives me!
Have Quiet Time. I’m terrible at this one but I’ve put it back on my list because I know I need it. I’m working on reading a devotional or my bible for a few minutes each day. I know that this is so important for my mind and my soul .
Our lives are turned upside down and now we have this human who depends on us for everything. It’s hard not to feel angry or upset sometimes when all we want is five minutes to ourselves. While we may not be able to grab that five minutes in the moment we want it, I do believe it’s possible to make time and practice self-care. Self care will look different for every mama. But you figure out what works for you!
If you struggle with postpartum depression or anxiety, I can truly relate. What we do as moms is an incredibly difficult task. Before I had children, I just had no idea what it would be like. It’s worth it but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. I hope you are encouraged by these suggestions and I’d love to hear from you about how you practice self-care in your season of mother hood!