How to improve your mental health.
Are you struggling with bad mental health days as a stay at home mom? Do you want to improve your mental health days while you’re taking care of your babies from home? Today I wanted to share my personal tips on how to improve your mental health on your bad days as a stay at home mom. God put it in my heart to check on you and see how you’re doing. It’s tough being a stay at home mom and I feel like it’s not talked about enough.
We all have those tough stay at home mom days that have you feeling in a deep funk that you may not be able to shake off. There’s nothing wrong with admitting we all have days like this because it’s true. Not every single day can be perfect and we shouldn’t have to pretend it to be so.
Bad mental health days can happen to anyone.
Unpopular opinion: Bad mental health days can happen to anyone, including AND especially stay at home moms. There’s your unpopular opinion. I always speak up for stay at home moms because I am one and I know what it’s like to go through a bad mental funk you just can’t seem to shake off. But everyone can have an off day and feel alone. It’s always good to be apart of a supportive community if you ever feel like just venting and talking it out with others.
Here’s a disclaimer: I’m not claiming to be a mental health expert however, I do like to share any mental health tips that help me along my journey with you, in hopes that it can help you out.
What has helped me when I’m in a “funk.”
There are a lot of things that help me when I’m in a bad mood funk day. As a stay at home mom, it can be overwhelming taking care of your kids in general. It’s not easy being a work from home mom either. As your busy running your household, you’re also trying to work on YOUR work. There can definitely be some off days. I was a stay at home mom for many years before I wanted to open up my own website in hopes of making a little extra income, but more to share my voice and what I was feeling with the world. When I felt like I was having a bad mental health day, I was so overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to do. The important thing is to pray to God about it and get back on your feet. Don’t let those off days win, momma.
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Try to remain positive, despite having bad days.
The most important thing that’s helped me improve my mental health, even on my worst days is to remain positive and keep that mindset for as long as I possibly can. I know it’s easier said than done, but it is possible with a lot of practice, patience, and persistence. It’s not that hard to affirm to yourself that you’re a positive person daily. Affirm it even on your good days. That will help you so much and can help you get into the routine of being positive even though you REALLY don’t want to be.
To improve your mental health, try to remain consistent.
I’ve tried so many different ideas on my worst mental health days and I have to say, nothing beats consistency throughout the years. During my stay at home mom years I have:
- Phoned a close friend/family member when I’m feeling so low.
- Prayed to God and wrote it out to Him.
- Put on worship music and start singing.
- Cooked a huge homemade meal and focused entirely on the cooking.
- Focused completely on my website.
- Did my makeup and dressed up pretty. I always feel better right after that.
- Said my positive affirmations aloud and then write them down.
These small steps may seem like nothing to some people, but it means a lot to me. It takes a lot out of me to phone a close friend or relative and “burden” them with my bad days. That’s not such a little simple step for some. When you do that, I applaud you because I know it isn’t easy. When I said that I focus completely on my website and I end up feeling better, this is so true. For you, it could be something entirely different, just focus on WORK. Sometimes, it’s better to focus on work than concentrating on that terrible funk you’re in and why you’re in it.
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Having faith is key for those bad days.
God is so helpful during those bad mental health days. I have just recently had one myself. My youngest daughter is currently IN her terrible two’s. I know, I feel like I’m losing a battle here. While she’s teething and fussing, just in her terrible two’s in general, I’m here trying to not pull out my hair! I’m overwhelmed because I need to do a lot of work on my website, but I breathe through it. You know why? Because God is good and he will help me, even though I feel like I’m losing here. I have faith. I know God loves me and has a plan for me. It’s key for me to be patient mom and thoughtful mom. Why? Because it’s who I am. And I’m not going to let a tough stage such as the terrible two’s get in the way of my purpose and dreams.
And you shouldn’t let it either, mom.
Improve your mental health and focus on the good.
Focus on the good, sis. You can do this stay at home mom thing AND even work from home if you’re a work from home mom too. Just set your priorities straight and write out your schedule. Set timers and do what you have to do. And if you aren’t a work from home mom, there’s no difference.
Set timers and focus on yourself because you DESERVE it and you need it too. Set time aside for you and to focus on what makes you happy. What are your goals and dreams, moms? Don’t forget to take some time out for yourself.
God bless and until next time,