Being a Mom is great, but if you are anything like me, it can quickly begin to feel like a “Mom” is All you are.
It can feel like all the wonderful things that made you, YOU, have been put aside. You may no longer feel like an individual, but an extension of your kids.
Now we all know being a parent is great, but we also know you were someone before you became a Mom.
To be able to thrive as a Mom and survive parenthood with your identity intact, you need a Hobby!
In this post, I will go over how hobbies can help you regain your sense of self, along with some different hobbies you can try.
Hobbies for Moms are Important
There are many benefits to picking up a hobby. Especially for Stay at Home Moms who don’t gain the recognition or promotions of an outside job. It is important for us to feel accomplished in something other than our motherhood.
Having hobbies benefits us in many ways. They help to free our minds from distractions and stresses. We become more relaxed when we do the things we love.
An article I found on PsychologyToday.com explained that practicing a hobby can benefit us in old age, “they found that engaging in hobbies for one or more hour every day may protect against dementia later in life.”
Incredibly PsychologyToday.com also found that ” enjoyable leisure activities are associated with lower blood pressure, smaller waist circumference, and a lower body mass index. People also feel better physically and are less likely to be depressed.”
Working on a hobby also gives you practice in focusing. Our “Mommy-brain” needs as much help with focus as it can get. Am I right?!
Now let’s go over some choices you have.
DIY (usually requires a small investment…look online for second-hand equipment)
- Making Jewelry
- Soap Making
- Candle Making
- Refurbishing Furniture
- Crafting with a Cricut ( Click Here for a How-To post written by my friend Jessi at practicallyfunctional.com – this machine does so much & can make you some real money if you love it)
- Writing (Try Blogging or Journaling)
- Art: Draw, Paint, Sketch, Calligraphy, Hand Lettering, Wood Signs
- Baking/Cake Design
- Start a Book Club
- Become a Mentor
- Food Bank
- Animal Shelter
- Retirement Home
- Become a Dog Trainer
- Become a Party Planner
- Personal Training
So many of these choices have the potential to be money makers for you, but that should not be the main reason you choose it.
Choose something you are passionate about. If you are not sure if you like something, try it, you will find out pretty quickly whether or not it is for you.
When you get into a hobby, you can join a community of people who are also interested in it. Search for Facebook groups and local groups as well. Sharing a love of a hobby is a great doorway into making new friends and expanding your circle.
I hope this post has inspired you to begin a Hobby. Find an activity you love & it will bring you stress relief, mental stimulation, and a sense of individuality.
It is important for people to feel like they are growing personally and hobbies can help fill this need. If you are feeling like all you do is wake up, take care of kids, cook, clean and sleep, I encourage you to find a hobby and make regular time to enjoy it. It can change your life!
Until next time,