Sometimes it is hard. Life. You know, the never ending chores and seemingly endless list of things to do. Boring. Menial. Mindless tasks like laundry and dishes.
There are days when it is hard to get up and move on through the day. Can we just use the d word here? Depression... lulls... hard times... Whatever you call it. Just CALL IT. Treat it for what it is, and face it.
You don't have to face it alone. But please, promise me you won't hide away in the house with your babies. There are so many options available to you. First and foremost - FIT4MOM© fitness groups provide a structure that allows you to get moving and playgroups to socialize.
Finding a social group is important because it is OK to ask your friend to watch your kids while you go to an appointment. Think of it as "gifting" them time with your child. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you have developed relationships in a social structure like a weekly playgroup, these "drop off" play dates can make life so much better. And what a gift to give your friend! Time for her to relax and take care of herself without her kids.
Take care of yourself. Visit the therapist, psychologist. Get some time alone if you need it. Please take care of yourself. Your children may not understand it now, but they will be happy you did so.
Here are some awesome tips if you are dealing with the Emotional OVERWHELM of being a stae mom. (via Psychology Today)
1. Why can't I just finish one thing?
2. Feeling a lack of accomplishment
3. Feeling lonely and bored
4. Questioning your parenting decisions
This articles is packed with some great tips. Among my favorites: Leave the kids at home with Daddy and head to the store. Order the groceries online and take advantage of pick up services. Wake up earlier to feel more accomplished. Keep the big picture in mind. Get out and connect once a week or more. Remember, this time is temporary and there is NO paycheck that can cover all that you do. :0)
If you are dealing with depression or anxiety. Check out this heartfelt article from Mighty. (via To Moms Dealing with Depression and Anxiety)
This issue hits home with me because I watched my mother struggle for YEARS with this before asking for help. My husband is a Iraq veteran who struggles daily with depression. There is sometimes shame and stigma with this disease, but I encourage all moms dealing with depression and/or anxiety to reach out to a doctor if you haven’t yet.
Call your primary care doctor TODAY and ask for an appointment right away. And of course, in an emergency dial 9-1-1 or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They have trained professionals available to help you 24/7. There is no shame in asking for help. Ever. We are moms. Being a mom means doing hard things. ➳ ➳ ➳ And sometimes the hardest thing is asking for the help you need. 🌼🌻💐➳➳➳