With mental health awareness being on the forefront of most discussions these days I wanted to take some time out and talk about mommy depression. Whether it be hormonal changes or the physical and emotional demands that moms face, depression or "mommy blues" is real. Raising kids and working from home or outside of the home is enough to throw anyone into overworked and overextended mode which can lead to depression. If you feel like you are at the end of your rope please reach out and get some help. Even if you can't make the call yourself maybe your partner or another mom in your circle (kid's school, church, grocery store) can make the call for you.
In addition to getting help, I would like to share three tips you can use to help brighten your mood and help lift your spirits.
- Try to get some form of exercise. It is said that exercise releases endorphins, hormones secreted within the brain, that help you feel better. Now I know that a full on workout is not always possible but good old jumping jacks, grabbing your kids rope to skip or dancing around the house can do wonders and get you flowing. Those who follow me or know a little about me know that house music is my life. I have been a house head for a while and I will get my twirl on anywhere! Dancing is a part of everything I do! It helps my mood and when I feel the blues creeping up I try to catch it before I become fully depressed by putting on some music and going full twirl.
- Watch what you eat. Most of us go to food for comfort when we start to feel low and it can be a quick fix that might have lasting negative effects on our bodies and brains. We all know about comfort food and weight gain which can be depressing but there are lots of studies that link what you eat and how it affects your mood especially sugary foods which are linked to depression.
- Cut it off. Working from home can make you blur the lines of work time and family time. I know it is hard but you have to find a way to cut it off! I know the feeling of wanting to do that one last thing which leads to two more things and now the kids are screaming that they are hungry or want your attention. Set a timer or an alarm if you have to and stick to it. There is always another day to get things done. This is not a race but a long journey. Building a business takes time and raising a family takes lots of energy. Enjoy the moments working on your business and raising your family...take a breath and slow down.
I hope these tips help you manage your days better. Again if you need help please reach out. Following are some resources for help:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)