How to Recharge as an Introvert Mom
Are you an introvert mom? Motherhood can be particularly challenging if you’re an introvert. You recharge with alone time, but kids don’t really allow for that! Fortunately, there are a few ways you can survive.
Focus On Quiet Activities
Many introvert moms find it is easiest to play with their kids when it involves being quiet and relatively still. If you’re in need of a recharge, but your little one is all about the mommy time, try one of the following activities.
- Building with LEGOs
- Reading books
- Watching television
While you’ll technically be with your child, you will have a chance to zone out a bit.
Schedule Alone Time
It’s all fine and good to have girls’ night out, but if you’ve been exhausted by children talking to you and hanging off of you all day long, it’s not the best way to relax. The best option is to schedule some alone time into your week.
“But I don’t GET alone time!” you say. And that’s pretty normal, unfortunately. If you have a significant other, plan to leave them with the kids while you go grocery shopping once a week. Take a little extra time to sit down with an iced coffee and relax before you head home. That way, you get your alone time without feeling too guilty.
If you can’t do that, then plan for an evening on your own. Send your significant other on their way and get those kids into bed, then relax on your own with Netflix and a glass of your favorite beverage.
Take the Kids Out
This tip will give you awesome mom status while letting you recharge your batteries. The trick to going out with kids is to go at odd times when no one else is out and about, or at least minimal numbers of people.
Where can you go? Anywhere that will keep your children busy while you chill. These include:
- Restaurants with play areas (go when it’s not mealtime and order a drink)
- Playgrounds, preferably enclosed ones
- Nature parks
- Splash pads
- Indoor play areas
- The library for storytime
Bring headphones to drown out the excited shrieks and relax while your children have the time of their lives. Bonus, they’ll be wiped out and will nap/sleep easier.
Do Something for YOU
Me time is something that kind of gets left by the wayside when you become a mom. Everything you do is based around this tiny human that needs you and while that’s amazing and incredible, it’s also extremely exhausting. Sometimes you just need to do something for yourself instead of for all those grubby little hands that keep reaching for you.
Doing something for yourself can take many forms. What helps you relax? Maybe it’s going for a walk on the beach or watching a movie. Perhaps you recharge best during a long soak in the tub or need a nice massage to keep you going. Just eating a chocolate bar in peace might be enough for you right now!
Find what you want and need, then figure out a way to do it for yourself. Even if it’s once in a blue moon, you need this time to be a better mom. It’s impossible to help others constantly if you’re not okay yourself. Your children will thrive with a happy introvert mom.
Pick Up a Hobby
Most moms find that their hobbies and favorite activities get left behind once they have children. Getting back into something you love is a good way to recharge. You don’t even need to go anywhere. What did you enjoy doing before kids? How can you incorporate that into your life now?
For example, I used to be very artistic and even sold my art. That all ended once I had my boys, but lately, I’ve been getting back into it. As I work, even though my kids are running around and playing loudly, painting just puts me in the zone and I feel so much calmer. It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with who I was before children and use art therapy to calm myself.
What’s your hobby? Could you pick it up again? Or do you need a new hobby? You can find classes on just about everything online! As an introvert mom, you may not want to go out for classes, but online classes can be perfect. Here are a few ideas:
Hobbies for Introvert Moms
- Model building
- Raising animals
Of course, there are millions of hobbies out there, but these are things that an introvert mom can easily do at home, without having to leave your children.
What are your tricks for recharging as an introvert mom?