You're Not Alone: How to Cope With Depression as a Stay-At-Home Mom
Important and rewarding as it is...Motherhood can also be one of the Most Challenging and Overwhelming Jobs Ever
From the RAFT Counseling Team in Parker, CO
Being a stay-at-home mom is one of the most important and rewarding jobs in the world. But it's also one of the most challenging, and it's not uncommon for moms to feel isolated, overwhelmed, and depressed. If you're feeling down, know that you're not alone—and there are things you can do to start feeling better.
Understand You're Not Alone
First and foremost, understand that you're not alone. Many women feel like you do. It's normal to feel like you can't do it all, and like you're not good enough. Remember that you're doing an amazing job, and that your children are lucky to have you as their mother. Joining a moms group or online community for support and discussion can be a great way to decrease isolation. There are other women out there who understand exactly what you're going through—and they can offer advice, support, and friendship.
Things You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better
Second, get outside and take a walk, even if it's just around the block. The fresh air and exercise will do you good, both physically and mentally.
Third, talk to your partner or a close friend about your feelings and how you're coping (or not coping). It's important to communicate with the people closest to you about what you're going through. They may not be experiencing the same thing, but they can offer love and support. And accept help from family and friends—don't try to do everything on your own! There's no shame in asking for help when you need it; in fact, it's a sign of strength.
And finally, if the depression is severe or lasts for more than a few weeks, seek professional help. Don't hesitate to reach out to a therapist or counselor if you need someone to talk to. They can offer additional support and resources. Remember: there's no shame in seeking help when you need it—in fact, it's a sign of strength!
Take care of yourself, mama! You deserve it.
Depression is a common problem and can be intensified by the isolation and overwhelm of being a stay-at-home mom, but it doesn't have to be a part of your long game motherhood journey. If you're feeling depressed, remember that you're not alone and there are things you can do to feel better. Take advantage of support groups, talk to your partner or friend, accept help from family and friends, and don't hesitate to seek professional help if needed. RAFT Counseling is here if we can offer a supportive space and would love to connect with you. You got this, mama!