Hardworking work-at-home-moms (WAHMs) experience boredom from time to time. You may feel isolated or lack adult interaction. It can become a problem if you don't find ways to cope with it. Here's how:
Plan a Family Day
Home and business management can be time consuming for WAHMs. You may find it hard to juggle the physical and mental demands required to be a mompreneur, and your family may suffer because of it. Planning for and participating in a family fun day can help solve the problem of your family feeling neglected, and take care of boredom at the same time.
You don't have to spend a lot of money on this day or even make it last an entire day. Check your newspapers for free and local events that would be appropriate and fun for your family to attend. You could also come up with your own activities to do at the local park. If you plan to do this once a month or weekly, you may prevent any boredom from happening in the first place.
Listen to Podcasts
You need to be intellectually stimulated from time to time, and podcasts are a great way to do that. Find and download your favorite podcasts as a means to cope with occasional feelings of boredom. Podcasts can also serve as a time management tool because you can multi-task while listening.
There are a variety of podcasts you can listen to, that can entertain and inform you. Podcast topics range from child rearing to theology. You can even find podcasts on how to better run your business. If you're not sure where to find podcasts, visit www.podcastdirectory.com and www.blogtalkradio.com. Click on a category and start listening to shows. You can listen to podcasts right on your computer using Windows Media Player, or download episodes directly to your ipod.
Similar to podcasts, books are a great way to take care of your mind while curing boredom. Do you have a reading list that you're working through this year? If not, develop your own reading list and plan to read at least one book per month. There is so much for WAHMs to learn regarding family life, business, friendships and all the spheres of life that impact you. Find good books that will challenge and encourage you to grow in these areas. This doesn't mean that you only have to read non-fiction books. You can also read fiction books, for fun or to be challenged.
Learn Traditional Homemaking Skills
Many WAHMs are going back to the basics to learn how to live a frugal life. Learning how to sew, knit, crochet, cook from scratch, cross stitch and other traditional skills are making a come-back. You can cope with boredom by learning or improving one or more of these skills. You should do what you can to involve your children in the learning process. This will teach them valuable skills and allow you to spend more time with them. If you don't have any of these skills, look for instructional videos on websites like www.youtube.com.
Meet with Other Women
A final way to cope with boredom is to fellowship with other women. Go to breakfast or dinner with your girlfriends every once in awhile, or join a bookclub. If you can't get out, call them. Make time to build relationships that will help carry you through difficult times.
You don't have to face boredom anymore if you're a WAHM. Any one of the above suggestions will keep you busy and help to take care of your mind and family.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.