Housewives’ Blues: Depression and stress

Being a housewife is not easy. She is the person who has the full responsibility of running the house and taking care of needs of every family member. She has to work almost entire day to make sure that the household chores are done on time. She is the backbone of the family. Some of the housewives take this responsibility without stress, but for some, being a housewife becomes a frustrating and tiring job.

Causes of depression

Some of the reasons for which they often find themselves depressed and anxious are:

  • Lack of appreciation: The biggest reason for depression among housewives is that their work is not appreciated or recognised by other family members.
  • Taken for granted: Housewives’ contribution is almost always taken for granted.
  • Endless work: Never ending household work makes them tired and drained out. They toil on all almost all the days of a year without any sick leave or casual leave.
  • Comparisons: People frequently compare housewives with working women. They often look down upon housewives as they are not employed in an economically productive job.

Signs of depression

Chronic stress and exposure to the above-mentioned factors, lead to depression in some of the women. The signs of depression in these women include:

  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Irritability and getting angry on small issues
  • Loss of interest in socialising
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feeling dull and tired
  • Getting into fights and arguments with family members
  • Feel like crying when alone

Housewives' Blues: Depression and stress

What can you do?

If you are a housewife and are having one or more of the above-mentioned symptoms, you can help yourself by the following measures:

  • Share your feelings with your family members: Have a face-to-face conversation with your spouse and other members of the family about what you are going through. Ask for their support and help.
  • Time management: Make a list of all the household chores you have to do the whole day. Try to finish the work within a specified time limit and spare some time for socialising or just relaxing.
  • Stepping out: Make sure you go out of the house at least once a week for shopping or meeting a friend. It refreshes you and makes you forget about the household responsibilities.
  • Physical activity: It has been proved that regular exercise is an effective way to beat depression. It increases your stamina and reduces the threshold of fatigue. Enrol yourself to some exercise classes or simply take a 30-minute walk every day.
  • Proper sleep: Good and peaceful sleep is a big stress buster. Sleep relaxes your brain and refreshes you for the next day. So, aim to get 8 hours of sleep every day.
  • Relaxation techniques: Try out some relaxation methods like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. They help to relieve depression, stress, anxiety and enhance feelings of happiness and well -being.
  • Seek help: If symptoms of depression are getting worse and unmanageable, you can always seek help from a concerned specialist.

Once depressed, it can take some time to feel better and come out of a depressed state. But it is not impossible! You can achieve that state if you make positive changes in your life and seek the support of your loved ones.

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  • Depression in Women. Available at http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-in-women.htm. Accessed on 13th June 2016
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