Being a working stay-at-home mom surely has its benefits. For one, it allows moms to stay with the kids while still bringing in an income to help the family financially. Working from the comfort of home also affords moms greater flexibility, which is practically necessary when managing a household and raising children.
However, there’s no doubt that being a stay-at-home mom also comes with its own unique drawbacks. When at home, moms have to contend with plenty of potential distractions that make it difficult to remain productive. On top of that, it may not be as easy to compartmentalize thoughts at home, which can lead to losing focus throughout the workday.
Working is stressful. So if you’re a stay-at-home mom looking for ways to lessen the pressure, you might just find a game room to be the perfect answer.
Why a Game Room?
If you want to remain productive, it’s important to take breaks during the workday. Taking breaks can give your mind and body much-needed time to relax and recharge. However, it’s not enough to step away from work so you can do chores or tend to the kids. You still need real breaks — ones where you can decompress and give your mind a break.
Employees have break rooms and game rooms, so why can’t stay-at-home moms benefit from them too?
Game rooms offer plenty of benefits for work:
- A game room can help you relax and unwind, effectively reducing your stress levels due to a tough workday. Reducing your stress can help you become more productive overall.
- They can help you with brainstorming and may even help you get unstuck if you’re feeling creatively blocked.
- A game room may help you refocus and recenter so you can plan your next steps more effectively.
- Game rooms can help keep the kids entertained and distracted while you get some work done.
But beyond providing benefits for work, game rooms also offer many advantages to your home and family life.
A Game Room for Your Family
Putting a game room in your home gives you additional ways to bond with your family. Depending on what you put in the room, you can also add many more benefits for yourself and everyone in the household.
Here are a few suggestions for things that would make fantastic additions to a game room:
- Board games
- Card games
- Family-friendly gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch
- Fun exercise equipment
- Ping pong table
That’s right — a ping pong table!
Why is a Ping Pong Table Good at Home?
If you’ve never played table tennis before, it may feel somewhat intimidating to pick up the sport. However, it’s not all that difficult to learn table tennis. And, if you only plan on playing casually, it’s really easy to get into a pick-up game here and there.
Ping pong offers many surprising benefits to you and your family. It’s a sport that you can play on your own (by folding one side of the table or having some cheap training equipment), so you can reap the benefits on a quick break from work. It’s also a sport that up to four can play, which means if you want to play with your kids or other friends and family, you can.
Aside from burning calories and helping with fitness, here are even more benefits you may feel when you play table tennis:
- Helps with improving focus and quick decision-making
- Reduces stress
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Helps develop gross and fine motor skills (great for young kids)
- Gentle on the joints (great for grandma and grandpa)
- Keeps the mind alert
Plus, table tennis is truly just a fun time to be had by all. You can even run regular tournaments for fun between family members or friends.
Getting Started is Easy
If you can’t afford to put together a game room (or if you don’t have the space for one), you can simply find ways to create little areas where you can decompress. Just remember, the important part is to take regular breaks so you can come back feeling ready and re energized!