Am I happy mother? I would like to think so. But do I have my unhappy moments? Absolutely. Not every day is Instagram or social media-worthy perfect. There are days in which I absolutely love my kids and life seems blissful and others where there’s not enough wine in the world to get me out of my slump.
I’m sure a lot of moms know what I’m talking about. After all, being a mom is one of the toughest jobs in the world. You’re on call 24/7, you never get any PTO days and you can forget about getting a raise. While we try to put a smile on our face for the outside world, let’s face it, it’s not always easy.
We’re not robots. We can’t expect to always be on top of things. Right, moms?
With that being said, it’s perfectly OK to have sad feelings at times. As long as they don’t happen too often or last too long, sad feelings — like all emotions — are just a natural part of life. Depression though, is a whole different ball game. Difficult events and experiences can leave us in low spirits or cause depression. It could be relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, stress at work and at home, bullying, chronic illness or pain. Sometimes it’s possible to feel down without there being an obvious reason.
Whether you are feeling sad because of a shit day at work or at home or because you’re favorite celebrity just got booted off Dancing With the Stars, there’s a reason behind your sadness.
Here are 13 signs that you may be an unhappy mom.