Tips to Counter Stay-at-Home Mom Depression

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In the last blog, we focused on identifying stay-at-home mom depression. It helps to realize that you are not alone in your experiences. So what can you do to counteract the depression? Here are a few tips to help you feel more accomplished about your day.

Don’t start your day without a shower!

With the baby crying all night, it may be hard to distinguish when your day actually started. But taking those short, 20 minutes to shower and put on jeans and a t-shirt can make you feel refreshed, clean and prepared for the day. It also opens up the option for you to leave during the day or have someone come over because getting yourself ready will be one less thing you have to do! Making this a priority every morning will do wonders for your self-esteem.

Create a schedule or a checklist.

You will be amazed at how scheduling your day changes the way you feel. If you have a schedule, you wake up every day with a purpose. We know that making an hourly schedule can be too hard with the baby’s needs. But what about assigning certain days to do things? Tuesdays can be laundry days, Wednesdays are for shopping and running errands, and so on.

If making and deciding a schedule is too daunting for you, write a checklist every night for the next day. Think about what you didn’t finish, what you may have the energy to do the next day, etc. They can be very small things, like emailing your Mom, folding half the laundry, or texting a friend. As you check off those items, your sense of accomplishment will increase.

Stop watching too much TV or spending too much time on the computer.

Wasting your precious alone time on watching TV will only make you feel less accomplished. There is truth in the addictiveness of TV watching and internet surfing and it is a true time thief and brain washer. Indulging in this will only add to the downward spiral of feeling lonely and unproductive. Never turn on the TV or open your laptop unless you have a specific purpose in mind. Use your extra time to read a book, go for a walk, read to your baby or go to a park. This is where a checklist is extra handy. When you feel the urge to turn on the TV, go to the checklist first and see if there is something productive that you can accomplish.

While these tips may seem simple, they will be a huge step forward in countering any stay-at-home mom depression. If you have any other tips to offer, leave a comment below! And if you need further help and suggestions, contact us for our counseling services in Centennial and surrounding areas.