Any introverted mamas out there?
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much the textbook definition of an introvert, and since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I’m definitely set in my ways.
I absolutely hate small talk and I’d enjoy being home with my family way more than being out and about with a bunch of people. Don’t get me wrong, I love people – just in small doses!
Besides, motherhood is downright exhausting sometimes and as an introvert, I need to be able to pull back and recharge when I feel mentally and/or physically drained.
I know for some of you this may sound a bit extreme but, I know I can’t be the only introverted mama out there that has struggled to adjust to having a little human attached to my hip 24/7.
Even with all of the joy and happiness that our children bring into our lives, it can sometimes leave an introverted mama like me feeling drained and in desperate need of some alone time.
This is ESPECIALLY true if you’re an introverted parent attempting to raise an extroverted toddler. I’ve learned from experience that my son has a need for social interaction that FAR exceeds my own (Can I get an Amen?).
While some days are more draining than others, I’ve learned a couple of tricks that can help us introverted mamas make the most of raising our little ones.
Schedule Time To Recharge
Sooo let’s just be honest, as a Mom, it’s a real struggle to find time for ourselves.
It’s just what we do – we put everyone else’s needs above our own. I don’t know about you but if I go too many days without taking some adequate time for myself, I become extremely impatient and irritable.
And you know what they say, if Mommmy isn’t happy, NO ONE is happy.
As an introverted mama (& mamas in general), it is crucial that we devote time to unwind and recharge so that we’ll be able to provide the best care and environment for our little ones.
A little me time doesn’t have to be expensive or take up a lot of your time either. For me, it looks like curling up on the couch with a glass of wine and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.
It will look different for each of us but sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from being a Mom or a business owner and take care of the woman you are outside of that.
be flexible during playtime
Chances are, if you’re in a bad mood, your child will pick up on that. I have had moments where I’ve really lacked patience with my son simply because I was burned out and overwhelmed.
When you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed and aren’t able to schedule any time for a break, consider switching up the playtime activities.
If I’ve been having a rough day, I try to keep playtime quiet, yet entertaining for my son. I find that shifting to a quieter activity helps me decompress a bit and as a result, I’m less likely to become irritable or overwhelmed throughout the day.
Sensory activities are awesome for when you want to keep your little one entertained and in one spot.
Some of my favorite sensory activities for toddlers are sensory bags and bottles and window finger painting.
No-Mess Finger Painting
All you’ll need for this super fun activity is a ziplock bag, a couple of sheets of paper, and paint. Simply squeeze out a few drops of paint onto the paper and place it inside the ziplock bag. You could use it as is but I like to tape it to the window for fun!
Create Opportunities for Social Interaction
While I love hanging with friends, I could go weeks at a time without that social interaction and be just fine, however, the same isn’t true for my son.
Toddlers – and young children in general – thrive off of social interaction. It’s also a great way for your little one to become aware of different social cues and to learn to be comfortable in social situations.
I’ve found that being intentional about scheduling play dates and time with family members, I can provide an appropriate level of social interaction for him without depleting my own energy reserves.
And while I want to turn my home into a hangout spot for all of his little toddler friends, I believe that it’s also important to allow my son to enjoy interactions with his friends and family at home.
It doesn’t have to be often but believe me, your child will greatly benefit by having a social outlet on a more personal scale.
At The End Of The Day…
Motherhood is laced with its own unique challenges that vary from mom to mom, and when you’re an introvert, it can take a while to learn how to manage it all.
I hope the above tips help any mama that may be struggling to thrive in motherhood without feeling burned out.
Are there any specific things you do to ‘decompress’ as an introverted mama?
Let me know in the comments!