Learn to overcome discouragement by replacing pessimistic thoughts with optimistic ones. Do not allow the critics to get too much inside of your mind and do not replay their remarks or mull over them. The best way to overcome those who are against you is to do more of what is good, kind and lovely.
Actions speak loudly of what is on your mind. If you are content at home and are minding your own business, others know you have a cheerful heart. For some reason, there are people who want to boss homemakers and make them miserable. They may be jealous because they see you enjoying your role in the home. They reason that life should be hard and grueling and miserable for you, and that you should not enjoy yourself as you work. They don't want you to sit by the fire or stop for tea, read a book, talk with friends, enjoy listening to music, go shopping, bake bread, rearrange your furniture, arrange flowers, or anything of any comfort.
It is so important not to allow anyone to control your thinking, and it is also important that a homemaker not feel a bit guilty for loving her home and loving her life with her family and enjoying every minute of it. Do not let the naysayer control your routine, how you live; even where you live. You are not doing anything wrong; there are always going to be people who are intent on spoiling life for others. When you get in the habit of feeling defeated, it can become a pattern for your entire life. Do not inflict guilt and misery upon yourself for doing what is good and right just because someone made a caustic remark.
Remember to be alert and aware of how others who do not have the same values, are leading and controlling the way you live.
Sometimes in an effort to assure people that we do not have it "too good" we can resort to saying things like, "Yes, I am a homemaker, but it is such hard work!" We become too self conscious and are afraid we will be taunting or showing off the good life in front of those who might be envious. We do not want others to think we are too happy, as it might make them feel bad! Do not give in to this type of thinking. You can confidently say you are home and loving all he different aspects of caring for the family and the house, as well as all the different interests you are exploring.
Life is too precious to allow other people to destroy your happiness and your contentment. Do something happy today, at home. Make a list of everything you must do, and another list of everything you would like to do, and try to do one of each. Your want-to-do list can include rest and whatever puts your heart at ease. This is puts restorative things into your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state. Feed good and creative nutrients (with rest and re-creation) back into yourself to replace the energy you have used.
Remember the Proverb: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
When a Christian has a gloomy outlook on life, it is not effective evangelism, (unless it attracts those who are sour on life---what a congregation that would be!) is a poor testimony of his beliefs, and tells others that he must not have a very good Heavenly Father, and ruins his influence. In spite of troubles, it is good for your body and soul to be cheerful because it restores your health. You can only take so much despair and it will effect your over-all health, so be sure to feed on the Word, pray for all your needs, and do not let other's gloom effect you.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
So, remember how the cheerful heart prevents illness and emotional meltdown!