As you start to get used to your stay at home life during your break from the workplace, you might be wondering who you’ve become.
Besides changing a million diapers (well, more like thousands) and being the mom taxi, how can you challenge your thinking and develop new skills? Have you ever said this to yourself, “I used to know words and be able to make coherent thoughts.” Ha! Sleepless nights and long days taking care of family can wreak havoc on our minds. But there are some things you can do to dust off your thinking skills and get creative.
MomSource Network has built a significant library of tools and resources that are designed to help you thrive as both a parent AND as a professional.
Here are 5 things YOU CAN DO to maintain your identity during a break . . .
Make plans for a monthly Mom’s Night Out
Whether you want to join a book club, wine club, or just meet up with your other women friends take some time to enjoy grown-up conversation. Connecting with adults and finding space that is for you will help you remember who you are apart from your family.
Find a place that you can volunteer. You might use this as an opportunity to learn a new field or industry. It can give you a sense of confidence that you have a place to go and be useful. Working as a volunteer not only helps out your community, but it can also improve your mental health by giving you a way to be active and productive.
Start a Hobby
Carve out time for yourself to invest in a new hobby. You could try crafting, painting, writing, learn a new language or start a blog just to name a few. Finding a hobby that you enjoy can be relaxing and fun. As a stay at home parent or caring for an elderly or sick family member, you are investing all of your time and energy towards others.
Choosing a hobby that relaxes you, interests you, and energizes you will make you better at being available for your family.
Take a Course
There are many online courses available that are an inexpensive way to learn a new skill. You can find courses on almost any topic imaginable from graphic design, creative writing, blogging, to online marketing. The topics are endless. If you think of a topic that you want to learn about there are courses available somewhere online! MomSource Network offers unlimited courses to their platinum members.
You can find free courses through Coursera too. Coursera offers free college courses hosted by some top ranking colleges from around the country! Not all of the courses are free so you have to filter your search if you don’t want to pay for a course.
Start a Freelance Business or Find Flexible Work
Use your skills from your previous work experience to start a freelance business from home. You can easily set up a Facebook page or even just email former colleagues to see if there is any extra work they could use help with. Most work today is done digitally and you could possibly work from home during nap time or after the kids go to bed.
Freelance business ideas:
- Writing for blogs, websites, email content
- Virtual Assistant
- Social Media manager
- Graphic Design
Make a commitment to yourself.
Finding ways to engage outside of your home will help you feel active, productive, and benefit your mental health. By taking time to invest in yourself during your break from work, you will give yourself skills and experience to add to your resume during this time.