There are ways for lonely moms to beat loneliness. Before the birth of my child, if you would have told me that motherhood could be lonely, I would have laughed in your face. Okay, I would not have laughed in your face, but I would have really questioned this statement. How could motherhood possibly be lonely? In fact, since I’ve had my kid, I’m HARDLY ever alone.
Most of the time, I’m with people at my job or taking care of my child. I think this is why it’s important to know that there’s a difference between being alone and feeling lonely. You see, I may hardly be alone, but at times I feel lonely because I don’t have as much time to socialize with friends and enjoy adult companionship.
Between working a full-time job, blogging, and taking care of my daughter, it can be challenging to find the time to connect on a deeper level with other people. It also doesn’t help that I’m very shy.
I love my child with all my heart and really enjoy taking care of her, but I also need time to socialize and connect with good friends on a regular basis. In the last year or so, I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone and really make an effort to make new friendships and nurture existing ones that were getting neglected.
It’s very possible for lonely moms to beat loneliness. I’ve discussed tips below on helping you to feel less lonely as a Mom.
Ways Lonely Moms Can Beat Loneliness
Join a class
Last year, I joined a yoga class. I only did it for about 2 months because of my busy schedule, but it was worth it. Not only did I experience the benefits of yoga, but I also had the opportunity to meet some really nice people. Not everyone was there to make a friend, but I was able to keep in touch with one person from the class, who I consider a close friend now.
Set up social events with colleagues
If you are a working mother, consider setting up a social event with your colleagues every 2 weeks or on a monthly basis. This could be Happy Hour at the restaurant across the street, a poker night, Sunday brunch, or whatever you and your peers could do to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
I went on meetup.com and signed up for some mom groups. Meetup.com is a great place to find mom groups in your area. Also, depending on where you live, they have different types of mom groups. Some mom groups focus on fitness and other mom groups focus on healthy eating. If you don’t find a group that you’re interested in, you also have the option to start your own mom’s group in the area.
Connect with yourself
Ironically, this doesn’t really involve other people except yourself. When you become a mother, your life becomes mostly about taking care of other people and endless tasks on your to-do list, so it’s easy to lose sight of who you were before you became a mother. Regular meditation has helped me reconnect with myself. I use this online meditation program regularly. It’s good for moms because you can do it anytime and anywhere.
Ask for her phone number
The next time you’re at the park with your child or at a child’s birthday party, strike up a conversation with a mom you don’t know. If you feel like she’s someone you could be friends with, ask for her phone number. The worst thing that could happen is she says no, but at least you tried. You never know unless you try.
Motherhood can be lonely and you can find a lot of lonely moms out there. However, use some of these tips to help you feel less lonely today.
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