We are continuing our month of moms’ mental health awareness. Last week was all about bringing awareness to anxiety and depression since it was Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. So I hope some of those statistics and stories really brought some light to both anxiety and depression, as well as just made you feel like, “Hey, I’m not alone, like this does happen to a lot of moms and a lot of parents.”Honestly, I think you will be hard pressed to find a mom that has not gone through a difficult time in her parenting and mothering journey, and Mama’s Daily Dose is… a Monday, MamAffirmation: it’s okay to not be okay. Let’s get moving before we get interrupted.
Mental health illnesses affect so many moms, about one in five moms will have some kind of perinatal mood disorder. So that includes during pregnancy as well as the postpartum stage. In addition, a UK study found that 68% of women that seek mental health services are mothers. So the one thing to realize in this is that we are not alone. You are not alone. Being a mom is hard. It’s very mentally taxing. It’s physically taxing. And it’s emotionally taxing. And it’s okay to admit that this mom thing, it’s hard. And it’s okay to admit that you are not okay. Because when you recognize those emotions and those feelings, that’s when you can start to heal. If you try to push it all down and you’re like, I’m a Mom, I’m supposed to be strong. I’m supposed to be stoic. I’m supposed to, you know, just keep it together for my kids. That’s when things get stuck down there and then all of a sudden, they explode one day and you’re like, “where did that come from?” And it came from not being able to admit sometimes that you’re not okay. And is totally fine. Most moms out there are not okay, at some point. You are not alone. And it is okay to admit that you are not okay.
Mama, your action today is to repeat the MamAffirmation. It’s okay to NOT be okay. Sometimes as a mom, we don’t need a solution to our problems or to our issues. We just need to say, “hey, this kind of sucks right now. I’m not okay.” And that’s sometimes all you need. There doesn’t always need to be a solution to the problem. Sometimes we just need to come together and say that this is hard. And I’m not okay. So repeat it: It’s okay to not be okay. And have a great day free mama guilt because you deserve it.
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Meghan Q Barrett is Mom Success Coach and Connector who helps mamas create a life they love as “mom” AND an individual without the mom guilt. She connects mamas from all around the world so you can share your stories in a safe, supportive space.
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