frodo...first, i loved the swiss cheese aura, made me smile (but i do feel bad for you!!)...
i agree with the post that says we alwaysve to be all smiley, etc. It can be exhausting to always be grateful, cheerful and in zen like state! Like, cant we have bad days? because we are at home moms, our days cant be bad or stressful? thats society's pressure...that if you are home, you are lucky, and should be damned grateful for it! I have 3 kids, including a 4 year old who runs with scissors, has almost hung himself 3 times, jumps from the top step...i could go on & on! thats why i go to work in an emergency room, i need the rest!!!
like the one post said, acknowledge your stress, dont pretend its not there, thats the first step. than take a break...read, dance, sing, call a friend, whatever. i find prayer helpful, but one of my "twig & berry" mom friends meditates and does yoga. she also centers her aura (whatever that means!! help me!).
finally, i have a perspective most women dont have. for 7 years i was in Open heart ICU nurse. these people were the sickest of the sick, near death, and almost always "coded" on me. i learned to manage my stress extremely well....so being at home with my kids is like cake to me compared to that.
just dont let anyone make you feel bad. being at home full time all the time can be very stressful, if only because of the isolation.