Dear Moms Struggling with Anxiety and Depression
To the many Moms that are struggling with anxiety and depression:
I know exactly how you’re feeling, and I want you to know you are not alone. I’m aware of the lies anxiety and depression lead you to believe. Not finishing everything on your “to-do” list, that doesn’t make you a failure. Your kids don’t deserve a better Mother. You are exactly what they need.
That tight feeling in your chest that prevents you from even the best breathing techniques in relieving your anxiety – yep, I have that too. Those teary breakdowns filled with overwhelming emotions. I get it.
Once you reach a really low point, it’s hard to remember happy. It’s hard to know normal. But you have to keep fighting. We have to keep fighting and together we will get there. It can be difficult to remember how great those happy feelings felt, but trust me, you have felt them. And you will again! You are more than just a Mother.
Remember, depression lies. You are worth fighting for! Keep moving forward for your kids, your loved ones your friends. For all of those who matter to you.
To help better manage the overwhelming bouts of anxiety try to get more rest, eat decent, exercise when possible and eliminate a few stressors. We all know these things are easier said than done, but let’s try it. Together. I am going a gym this week to put some of this energy into something positive. I will keep you posted as to how its going.
If you feel like you have tried just about everything and you’re not gaining any traction, please speak with a professional. There are other options that can help. Be sure to call your doctor right away and ask for an appointment. There’s no shame in needing help. Ever! We are Moms and Momming is hard. Life is hard…
There’s no instruction booklet or a how-to guide. We are all sorta winging it together as we go. You’re not alone in this.
Does anxiety and/or depression impact your life? What do you do to manage it?