Stay-at-home moms have the amazing opportunity to spend ample amounts of time with their children as they grow. It is a wonderful experience and as many stay-at-home moms would agree, well worth any negatives the decision to stay home may bring. At times, however, being a stay-at-home presents unique challenges and moms may experience sadness. The feeling of isolation, of being overwhelmed, and the fatigue of performing a job that never ends can all lead to depression. In order to avoid these feelings and maintain my sanity in my chosen role as a stay-at-home mom, I utilize the five following ways to prevent the occurrence of depression:
1. Have a Hobby
Finding something to enjoy outside of being a parent is an important part of being a stay-at-home mom. An interest outside of your children can provide a needed way to continue growing and learning as a person. For this stay-at-home mom, I found my hobby by revisiting an old passion: writing.
2. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Diet can play a huge role in how a person feels. Healthy, balanced meals provide ample energy and naturally help a mom feel better. Eating foods dense with nutrients, antioxidants, and protein can help prevent a stay-at-home from developing depression. If depression does develop, a healthy, balanced diet can also be part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Exercise has many proven benefits. In warding off depression, exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, reduces chemicals in the immune system, and increases body temperature, which according to the Mayo Clinic, can have a calming effect. Exercise can also cause a boost in self-esteem and confidence. For me, exercise is a part of my daily routine that I look forward to. It relieves stress and makes me feel good about myself!
4. Cave Out “Me” Time
A stay-at-home mom needs to carve out time specifically for her. A time to be pampered, relax, or enjoy time with friends all need to be considered “needs.” Tending to a mom’s own needs and wants leads to a better ability to provide for her children’s needs and wants. As the saying goes, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”
5. Be Willing to Ask for Help
Sometimes being a stay-at-home mom can be overwhelming. If a woman ever feels this way, she should feel completely comfortable asking for help. Utilizing a support network, including extended family and friends, can provide relief. Online communities also exist to provide an outlet and help for struggling stay-at-home moms. I am fortunate to have family nearby that are ready and willing to provide their assistance whenever I ask. Sometimes all I need to boost my spirits and belief in my abilities is a visit to an online forum of other moms. Realizing many stay-at-home mom face many of the same issues that I do, and overcome them, provides me with the motivation I need to keep trying.
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Depression and Diet, Depression Guide, WebMD
Depression and Anxiety: Exercise Eases Symptoms, Depression (Major Depression), Mayo Clinic