Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) has many challenges. Sadly, these challenges are easily dismissed by many. Society expects them to be grateful to have the opportunity to stay at home and be provided for.
According to a study, 28% of SAHMs have depression. On the other hand, about 16% have depression amongst working moms. That’s a significant difference!
Why are they more prone to depression?
Lack of Sense of Accomplishment
Most SAHMs had to give up their ambitions to focus on their families. Work that once made them feel useful was replaced with tasks that are often underappreciated. Although the workload at home can be more tiring and intensive, the measure of success is harder to gauge. SAHMs may feel lost and unaccomplished.
Regardless of much research and unsolicited advice from others, many moms still get shocked by the exhaustive demands of motherhood. SAHMs may feel overwhelmed and helpless. The exhaustion and frustration may lead to mental and emotional concerns.
Isolation is a silent demotivator. SAHMs hardly have any adults to talk to for long periods. They may feel disconnected and lonely, which can eventually lead to depression.
What Can You Do?
List your wins. As a SAHM, you can start listing your completed tasks throughout the day. Knowing what you’ve accomplished may help you get some sense of fulfillment.
Find time to connect. Once in a while, be with people who share your other interests. Chat about things unrelated to raising children. It’s usually with friends that we laugh often. Talking with them will release some stress, and you’ll feel more connected.
Pursue other interests. Personal development and continuous learning can give a sense of purpose outside the home. Pursue a hobby, join an online club, complete a short course – these may help you feel like yourself again.
Although you’re a dedicated mom – you’re still you. It would help if you cared for yourself the same way you care for others.