First, I want to thank Gwen for allowing me to guest blog today. My name is Mandee and I am Mom to 5 young boys. Life at my house can easily be described as LOUD, crazy, chaotic, hectic…but our house if full of love and laughter as well! You can read more about me and my crazy family at www.raisingmy5sons.com or my inspirational blog at www.sheblogsit.com.
I’m a stay at home mom and I’ve struggled with depression. I haven’t told a lot of people close to me, and I’m not even sure Gwen knows this (she does now!) It’s not something I’m fond of and it’s not something I wish upon anyone in this world. Depression can be very scary when you don’t know how to handle it. Today I want to share some tips that have helped me greatly at times when I’m feeling down, confused, lost or even lonely. (Being stuck in the house, especially in winter can take a toll on us).
Tips for Staying Sane in Tough Times:
1.) Music—I kid you not, music has been the greatest help for me. When I’m starting to feel tension or like I just can’t go on, I turn my favorite radio station on and I tune out the world.
2.) Dance—This one may sound silly, but dancing can really relieve a lot of stress. When my boys are acting up and I’m at my wits end I turn the radio up and I make everyone dance! We may look silly, but when we are all done everyone is laughing and what was going on prior to the dancing is a distant memory—forgotten.
3.) Take a Bath—One way to really relax and drown out the stress is to soak in a warm tub. You may even enjoy some soft music during this time, or if you are like me, you just want a moment of silence (that doesn’t happen often in my house!) I like to add a little Lavender to my bath to relax me even more.
4.) Walk—Weather permitting, this can be a great stress reliever. I enjoy walking with friends, because I can talk about what’s bothering me, or just have a little time to forget about the mess or stress at home.
5.) Girl Time—Let’s face it, when we become mothers we often forget that our needs need to be met as well. Take some time to talk with a girlfriend over coffee, go to lunch, buy yourself something (even if it is just a candy bar or a pair of socks!)
6.) Tell Someone—When you are feeling down you don’t have to deal with it alone. I thought I did for years, but it turns out that when I talk to someone (even if it’s just for a simple chat), it can help a ton. Don’t keep things bottled up—because when things are bottled up they start to boil and boiling water can cause a fire!
Just know that you are not alone. Depression and loneliness can get to the best of us. I hope you will try some of the above tips.
Again, thanks so much for listening to what I have to say.
And thank you Gwen for having me today!