How to Beat a Case of the Homemaking Blues
Burnout is something one can face in any job. And yes, homemakers get burnout too. Part of this is due to the very repetitive nature of homemaking tasks, and If you don’t have small children home with you during the day, it is very likely you spend several hours alone. Here are some strategies to help lift your mood.
Music therapy. Try listening to some upbeat music. Music has a powerful effect on the human psyche. It has even been known to help with pain and healing.
Get moving. Even though some homemaking tasks are a good form of exercise, try something different. A brisk walk or bike ride can help produce mood changing endorphins and give you other positive health benefits.
Reward yourself. After you finish a set number of homemaking tasks, treat yourself to a reward. Make it a reward worth looking forward to such as a hot bath or a pay per view movie.
Get social. Take a break to go on Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social media platform. I find that I get at least one good laugh out of some of the latest posts. You might also find someone who is feeling burned out too.
Get stimulated. Try some mental stimulation. Listen to a book or class on tape while cleaning. You might just find that you are pleasantly distracted, and completely forget why you were upset in the first place.
Let’s face it, no job is perfect. There are bound to be ups and downs. Develop a list of coping skills, and you will be ready for when the lows strike. Until next time, happy homemaking!