I always wonder about the procedures for conducting these Gallup polls. Do they call people at night? How do they get a balance of people? If these people call at dinner time and try to talk to many stay-home-moms that would be the worst time for them. I am always skeptical for these kinds of reasons.
Many of the bloggers wanted to try explain why stay-at-home moms (SAHM) would have more of these negative emotions. I personally have a hard time believing this, but I guess that is because I know so many happy SAHMs who wouldn't change a thing!
Then I began to look more closely at this portion of the poll. Worry, sadness, stress, anger, and depression are the categories they somehow examined. Again, I wonder what the question was or how was it phrased. Since I can't seem to find that information, I began thinking about each of these categories from a Biblical perspective. What does God say about each of these emotions? Do I experience these emotions more so because I stay home?
Worry- I don't tend to think of myself as a worrier, but I am sure that I worry more than I should. Jesus told us not to worry so if I am worrying I am actually sinning. It is something I need to confess and repent for committing. Did I worry more as a working mom or now as a SAHM? I think partly I worry less now because most of what I worried about before was missing out on my children's lives. Do I never worry now? I try not to. I keep reminding myself that God is in control and all I have to do is stay close to Him (ie, read Bible and obey it) and all will work together for good. No matter my circumstances I know the One who can take care of it. I believe in His omnipotence and faithfulness.
Sadness- I think they are times when sadness is a fact of this sin- cursed world. But our sadness should be tempered with the knowledge that this is only for a short time. At the same time that I am sad about a situation, I can find comfort and even joy from God's word. Here are some wonderful scriptures about joy. Again, it can be sinful to dwell on sadness, if I am not reminding myself about the joy of the Lord. Am I more sad now than when I was a working (outside of house) mom? No.
Anger-Again, if you are a Christian you know this is another area of sin. We are called to avoid anger, to prevent anger, if possible, in others, and to repent of anger toward others. Here are just a few Biblical quotes on anger. Am I more angry as a SAHM? Well, I have to admit that my frustration level is tested every day at least once a day. I think this is one area I feel more tempted than the others. Thankfully I have learned that it really is possible to avoid this if we all get proper rest, food, and exercise we need. It also helps to notice ahead of time the things that get us pulled into habits of anger and prevent these triggers if possible. Some of my favorite bloggers are blogging today about what to do if you need to home school on a day when you have a rotten temper.
Depression- The word depression might not be in the Bible directly, but I think everyone would agree that is the feeling of total hopelessness. Christians again are in sin, if we are letting ourselves dwell on depressing thoughts and attitudes. We need to repent and then constantly remind ourselves of the hope that is within us. This is one area I am not tempted with thankfully. I tend to be a half-full kind of person. I don't think I suffer any more since I started staying home, either.
Stress- This one is also not directly quoted in the Bible. Again, I think this site that have been linking to for Bible verse collections has some great verses for this topic. I know we all suffer from stress. I do not think my stress levels have been increased because of being home.
Ultimately, I know that I have been much happier since I have chosen to stay home. I feel sorry for the moms who have so many of these negative emotions, stay home or working. I pray that they will find conviction, comfort and strength in God's Word. This was a good reminder to me as well.
With All My Heart~