You're working at home, and you love the freedom: no boss, flexible hours, the comfort of your own home ... the loneliness. How can WAHMs deal with occasional feelings of loneliness? Here are a few ideas.
Get Out of the House
Sometimes, your loneliness will go away if you leave the house. Let's face it - "cabin fever" can set in after a few days without leaving the house at all. You wouldn't dream of spending a few days at an away-from-home office without leaving it, would you? Your home office should offer you freedom and flexibility. It shouldn't become a prison.
Go outside and take a brisk walk around the block or a short bike ride. Greet the people you see, smile!
One temptation WAHMs have is to become somewhat hermit-like at home; staying in and dressing down. Don't get into this habit! Dress professionally each morning, and force yourself to schedule some social interaction each day, or at least weekly. You'll be healthier emotionally, and your business will be more successful as a result!
If you're hungry for human interaction, reach out. Schedule regular lunch dates with friends, join an exercise class, or if you have young kids, schedule a weekly playdate. Your kids will have a great time, and you'll get to socialize a little. Don't be afraid to make the first move in scheduling a social event. Everyone yearns for human contact, yet everyone is busy. Chances are, your friends will welcome your suggestion to get together. They were probably feeling lonely, too!
Join a Professional Group
Is there a local group of professionals in your field? If so, find out when meetings are held and then make plans to attend regularly. Not only will you gain new ideas for your business, but you'll likely make some good new friends with similar interests as well.
Telephone, Internet ...
Some of you may be saying, "But I have toddlers (or a health issue, or no transportation, or ...) - I can't leave the house!" There are still ways to socialize; just be creative.
Try picking up the phone and calling a friend or a business contact. Sometimes, after staring at the 4 walls for several hours, just talking to someone on the phone is enough to combat the touch of WAHM loneliness you're feeling.
The Internet also offers a myriad of resources for WAHMs. Search out message boards for others in your area of business. Spending 15 minutes or so each day on forums such as these can help you feel like part of a larger community.
An important thing to emphasize is that you need to make yourself reach out. As a WAHM, you will tend to become isolated and lonely if you focus solely on your home and your business. Connect with someone else today. You will be glad you did!
Susan Braun is a freelance writer living with her husband, three daughters, 2 rabbits, 2 gerbils and hedgehog in Indiana. She writes at girlsinwhitedresses.wordpress.com and Associated Content.