Being a stay-at-home mom can be a challenge. You don’t get to go to out as much as you did before or as often as you want. You devote all your time looking after your kids. You don’t even have time to put on makeup, let alone to dress nicely.

Has the feeling of being cooped up started to set in? Do you experience sadness, anger, anxiety and don’t know how to deal with it? You are not alone.

This week, we’d like to share with you some tips on how to beat the stay-at-home-mom blues. Use these tips to organize your life and get back on your feet.

Go out

Studies show that stay-at-home moms are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and sadness than working moms. Isolation is one of the major factors that contribute to these.

Humans are social creatures. We need to communicate and interact with other people to stay happy and healthy. We know you have a lot of things to deal with at home, but do not isolate yourself. Try to go out once in a while, even if you need to bring your child with you. Have lunch with a friend or your sister. Go out with your husband. Join a mom’s group and try to make new friends.

Find a hobby

A lot of stay-at-home moms feel like they are not interesting, smart or important. While other moms have some interesting stories to tell, they don’t have interesting stories to share with the group. Doing the same things everyday will make you more depressed. Taking on a new hobby can help alleviate these feelings.

There are a lot of things you can do, even in your own house. You can start gardening, drawing, sewing, crafts and others. You can also go into photography. Take pictures of your little one and make a scrapbook out of those photos.

Learn something

Being a stay-at-home mom shouldn’t stop you from learning new things. There are a lot of how-to articles and video tutorials online where you can get a lot of information from. Start off by choosing something you’re interested in. Maybe it’s blogging, investing, cooking or crafts. Set aside an hour everyday for this or do it whenever your kids are asleep.