the Outside World
Many moms who work from
home complain that they find themselves spending idle time - not because
they don't have enough work to do, but simply because they are suffering
from not having enough contact with the outside world. While shy people
might not notice it to the same degree as those who thrive on social
contact, moms who work at home need to realize that outside contact
is extremely important in preventing possible depression from isolation.
Keeping in contact with
the ouside world is vitally important, especially with single or unattached
moms without a spouse or partner to talk with in the evenings. One
mom commented she went eight days without talking in person to another
adult. You need to have that real-life interaction, especially when
your children are under the age of ten (the age when more "adult"
conversations can start taking place)
Some moms try to take at
least one "adventure" outside the house per day, even if
it is just a trip to the post office, or sitting with other moms during
swimming lessons. Others plan a weekly meeting time with fellow work-at-home
moms at a coffee shop or the local kindergym, depending on the ages
of their children. Or consider a gym or aerobics class that offers
free child-care while you exercise.