How to stay sane when you've quit your career?

Brittany - posted on 05/17/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I was 23 and just finishing college when I had my now 6 m/o daughter. Ironically I worked in education as a Preschool Teacher. I was really getting my career to a great place but I've quit to be a stay at home mother. I am so bored all the time. I love my daughter but there is so little that she can do with me. On top of this I'm living with my boyfriend's parents and I dont have a car. Which was fine when i was single in the city. Now I'm a mother in the exurbs :/ I think I'm experiencing Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. What should i do to feel better?

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Gina - posted on 06/26/2012

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Think of it this way, you are still very young so you can't exactly say or think that you have definately QUIT your career, think of this as time you are taking off, but don't renounce to the concept of going back as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Keep in mind that the situation you're in right now is only temporary even though it seem like you're stuck with no way out, for the moment. As for not having a car, is there any possibility of taking public transportation where you live? maybe make it a challenge to learn how to get around using the metro/train, buses, local trolleys etc., do your research, most cities provide local shuttle services that will take you just about anywhere, they usually make stops at civic centers which is where you'll find libraries (which usually have kid's storytime and activities). I realize that taking public transportation with a baby/toddler is easier said than done but maybe it's worth a try.



Also try to find out if your city or community college offer "Parent and Child" education classes a

lso known as "Mommy and Me" classes, they are usually inexpensive, and a great way to meet other moms while your child plays with kids her/his age, many of the moms are willing to carpool or pick up/drop off other moms who don't own a car. Also because you are a very young mother, you may qualify for financial assistance/scholarships etc. you should really take all your transcripts and talk to a college counselor, my cousin is 20yrs old has a baby, her boyfriend makes minimum wage and so this qualified her for a college grant, as long as she is enrolled in school full time or works and attends school part time she receives money to pay for her classes + free childcare. It never hurts to get out there and ask.

User - posted on 05/17/2012

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It so helped me!!! Prevented me from filling perscription doctor gave me as well. I worked out at least 5 to 6 times a week.. Plus that time for just "me" is just what I needed and every mom needs. I would put baby in swing and have 3 yr old play while I worked out in living room where they can still see me.. I'm still working out your body starts to crave it and it's such a stress release for me. Go for a run girl!!! : )

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Amie - posted on 07/09/2012

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I feel the same way. But i live with my parents and my son is 18 months old. I'd pick up a hobby to keep yourself sane or I did the arts and crafts thing, made my sons room pretty haha. But I do see moms all the time alone and put their kid in the jogging stroller and look happy and thin. I'm saving up for one and going jogging in the fall. A change in scenery is nice when ur stuck at home, I plan on jogging near the river so its cooler and something beautiful to look at. I think we all just need relaxing moments to keep our minds at ease from the chaos of being moms.

User - posted on 05/17/2012

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You were a mess? Did exercise help you move forward? If so I'm about to go running! :)

User - posted on 05/17/2012

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Ok here are some quick brainstroming ideas.. Can your borrow their car to go to the park or store for change of pace for you and your daughter? Any area to go for a walk or jog to clear your head. Exercise so helped me with depression!! I was a mess in December when my little one was 5 months old.

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