“Here you go mommy, I blow on your coffee. It not hot anymore.”
As moms it’s so easy for our stress levels to be high by the end of the day. This is true whether you work form home, away from home or as a homemaker.
However, there is something extra stressful about being at home every day, all day, listening to children fighting and crying. You know, it’s that feeling of having no alone time, no down time, no freedom of using the bathroom or switching out a load of laundry without someone needing you. It’s draining. Exhausting. Overwhelming.
If you receive my newsletter you might be aware that I’ve started working out, what you might not be aware of, is the backstory.
Going To The Gym, Why Stay At Home Moms Should Go
My stress levels were high, my chest was hurting and according the doctor I was unhealthy. Yes, I had put on weight since becoming a mom but it was more than that. I was so concerned with the health of my children but for some reason, my own health didn’t matter as much. I’d buy fruits and veggies but not for my own pleasure, I “needed” to make sure my kids had plenty, so I just wouldn’t eat them.
Since going to the gym something unexpected changed in my life. My diet. I’m hungry. So I’m eating more and since I don’t want to pack on the pounds that food resource is nicely balanced with carbs, proteins, fruits and vegetables.
I decided on a membership with Planet Fitness, it’s only $10 a month with no contract. Even though that’s a fantastic deal compared to most gyms it’s still $120 a year and I don’t want to waste that money so I go often. In the evenings after my family has had dinner, enjoyed family time and the kids are in bed, I leave and go to the gym. My husband stays home with the children while I go mad work off any steam I have.
My neighbor asked me how I have energy for that at the end of the day and that leads into my next point.
Before joining a gym every little thing was beginning to bother me. I was growing impatient with my children, loosing my temper, not desiring to be near them but rather free of them. They were annoying me. Odd thing was that they had not changed but my attitude towards them had. I needed an outlet.
Going to the gym gives me that mommy time, it allows me to burn off frustrations after a long day of toddler tantrums. It allows me to clear my head and see that they are just kids. I look forward to playdoh time and coloring time. I look forward to building with Legos or rocking baby dolls because I’m given the time to step away which in turn gives me the appreciation to see that they won’t be young forever. It’s a truth I’ve known from the beginning but as a stay at home mom the days become so long that the truth behind the message becomes faded under a pile of dirty dishes and laundry.
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