With the current pandemic isolation, anxiety, and depression are sure to be on the rise for everyone. Stay at home mothers often have times where they’re isolated. Having little adult contact and having limited trips outside the home can be hard on anyone. Now that we are under a global quarantine here are some tips to help you to stay positive and curb the blues.
Get Adult Stimulation
Nobody is meant to go without some adult conversation. Connect with friends, other mothers, family, neighbors, however possible. This could be phone calls, video chats, and virtual games. Make sure you do not stay isolated and that you have someone to talk to.
Enforce Quiet Time
Having multiple kids where some no longer nap can be hard. Often times the only break you may get is during nap time. Enforce a scheduled quiet time. Kids can nap, read, perhaps have screen time and just relax. The quiet will be a good break and relief for you.
Start a Hobby
Hobbies have many great benefits including stress relief, new challenges, explore yourself and your talents, perhaps able to provide an additional income, and can help improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Taking the time to learn something new whether about history, people, culture, or a new skill. As you learn your brain chemistry changes and the speed in which you learn increases. People who learn a new skill are less likely to develop dementia and well-rounded individuals have an easier time relating to others.
Give Yourself a Sense of Accomplishment
The feeling of accomplishing something can help us feel motivated. The feeling of accomplishment invigorates us to raise our standards, helps raise our self-esteem and self-confidence.
Clutter can play a huge role in how we feel. When our homes are cluttered and disorganized we can feel anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Organizing and keeping things clean daily can help us feel like we are living in an orderly and clean home.
Have Something Special You Do With the Kids
Spend some time playing with your kids. Just having fun, laughing, and playing can bring up your mood and make you feel happier.
Even during social distancing, you do not have to keep from going outside. Go on walks, drives, and play in your own yards.
If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or suicidal please be sure to reach out to someone around you for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255