A topic that is not generally discussed among mother’s groups is how to deal with feelings of depression.
For a stay at home, mom (or a work at home mom), these feelings of depression and anxiety often stem from isolation or feeling inadequate.
In my opinion, the feelings of inadequacy are so much more profound now than when I was growing up, and I believe that social media plays a big part in that.
I feel a lot better overall, a lot happier, and more in control of my life when I’m not using social media very much. I’ve spoken with several other mothers over the last couple of years who have said the same thing.
Social media can be a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, but it can also steal our time if we aren’t careful. It’s a beautiful thing if we can balance it well.
I’m guilty of spending time on social media when I could be spending time with my children or friends, and if I sit and think about it, that can only fuel my feelings of depression.
It can be easy to feel down about your life if you’ve been struggling with certain things, such as finances, and you see what feels like millions of posts of people going out to eat or showering one another with gifts.
Depression Sucks: Emotional Breakdowns Are Bound To Happen
Depression doesn’t only affect stay-at-home mothers; it can also affect women that are pregnant as well. This is another topic that is not often talked about.
For many women, pregnancy is one of the happiest times of their lives, and you can see it. They’re glowing, and don’t even seem to mind the morning sickness or weight gain.
For other women, though, it can be a whirlwind of emotions, especially for women who have lost pregnancies in the past and are afraid of bonding with this new baby.
When my oldest was born, I remember struggling slightly with postpartum depression. I think many of my feelings stemmed from anxiety that I would somehow do something wrong, or that something would happen and I wouldn’t be able to care for or protect her if she needed me.
When my youngest was born, in many ways, these feelings were more profound because he had colic, and I was struggling with my health issues.
Studies have shown that depression affects more than 60,000 stays at home moms in the United States.
The statistics are higher for stay at home moms than working moms because, in many cases, a working mother feels like she has a sense of self outside of her family unit.
Studies have shown that working mothers tend to feel stronger and more capable, and have higher self-esteem the stay at home mothers, who work more than full-time caring for their children and their homes, but don’t often have something that is just “theirs” outside of the family unit.
Many churches around the southern part of the United States have life groups for young mothers to help them not feel isolated.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a great resource and source of support and encouragement that mothers of young children can utilize to help ease those negative feelings of isolation and inadequacy.
Brittany started her writing career as a ghostwriter before independently publishing The Zion Series (a young adult trilogy), two books of poetry and several other short eBooks. Her novels are currently being translated into three other languages and one is being adapted into a screenplay.
Brittany has an Associate’s degree in Education, and prior to beginning her writing career, she worked as a preschool teacher, a Sunday School teacher, and as a private tutor for adults with intellectual disabilities.She lives in North Carolina with her two children.
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