Now before you start telling me off about finding time to have a hobby as a stay at home mama, hear me out.
I’m a stay at home mama too, and I’m well aware of the time constrains that come with the title. Well, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a working mama too, time is not a luxury we have.
BUT… It’s something we need to make time for.
I didn’t ever make time for myself when I first became a stay at home mama, and it showed in many factors of my life.
The most important warning sign was losing my identity.
It happened so easily, that I didn’t notice it. Everything that was about me was pushed away and I focused on just being a mama, not even really so much as being a wife too.
I forgot to take care of myself, and forgot what it was like to sometimes put myself first.
Slowly, over much time, I started crawling out of the hole I created for myself and rediscovered my passions and interests.
I started doing activities that I have loved doing for many years, and even acquired some that I never tried before, but found pleasure in doing.
Why should one have hobbies?
It gives you a change of perspective. A different look from your day to day routine. If you’re following a constant routine, doing something different is like a breath of fresh air.
You get a chance to explore and express your creativity. What can start off as something you enjoying doing could turn into a skill you can actually use and grow into something bigger.
It gives you a sense of identity. You’re not just a mama, you’re not just a wife. You’re you with your own ideas and interests, and it’s important to give that as much focus as you would anything else.
Now finding time to actually get to your hobbies is what could be putting you off from pursuing them. If you can’t even get the opportunity to sip on a hot beverage you just made yourself, how will you find time to do anything more?
It’s pretty simple. Some hobbies you can do in the evenings when the kids are already fast asleep and you can sit and relax a little. Other hobbies, you can actually your kids in. Doing them with your kids is a good way to spend time together, and even do something educational, for both of you.
If your kids see you doing something fun and interesting, they could join in and learn too. What better way to engage your kids, as well as help them grow their own interests and broaden their horizons?
Of course, you’ll need to consider your kids age then including them in your own hobbies, and their abilities to do so.
Your hobby doesn’t have to be something you need to do every single day. Some are possible, like reading or drawing. There’s no pressure on when and how often you should be doing them, but by creating a routine for them too, you can add them to a weekly list of things to do. Weekends have us a little more relaxed, with more time to spare, and it’s an excellent time to use to do your hobbies.
You can have one hobby, or multiple (like me), there’s no rule on that.
If it’s something you enjoy doing, or think you could enjoy – do it!
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Here are some of my hobbies that I enjoy doing; some often and some on a rare basis, depending on my mood, and time ability.
Reading is something you can do every day. In the evenings I read a few chapters before bedtime as it helps me switch my mind off and get ready for bedtime. On weekends, I tend to read more during the day than on week days. If you can’t find the time to read, you can always try audio books, which you can listen to while doing something else.
Every now and then I like to bake something. It’s never anything fancy, just some muffins or a sweet pie, but it’s an activity I can include the kids in as they love mixing all the ingredients together and scooping the batter out.
This is an occasional hobby of mine, mainly because I only do it when the mood strikes. It’s a nice way to unwind and your kids can join in the fun with their own colouring books.
This is a weekly activity for me, which also serves as my planner so I’m constantly using it.
Another activity your kids can join in. You can use drawing prompts and see where your creativity goes. Also an occasional thing for me as I quickly get frustrated with mistakes I make and need to clear my head before continuing.
I find gardening therapeutic, and growing your own food is super cool! You can include your kids in the activity and really turn it into a learning experience.
Learn a language
Last year I started learning German. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years but never really made the time to do. I’ve been practicing for a few months now, yet not as often as I should if I want to learn faster. Still, some time created each week for this activity and I’ll soon be adding another language I can speak to my list. I do it in front of the kids, and what do you know, they’ve even picked up a few words too.
Here’s a list of more hobby ideas that you could try:
- Soap making
- Card making
- Candle making
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Join a book club
- Puzzle building
- Crosswords/Brain Teasers/Sudoku
- Yoga/ Exercise
- Cooking classes
I hope these ideas inspire you to revive an old hobby, or maybe inspire you to start a new one!
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Do you have any hobbies? Let me know 🙂
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