Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and you don’t quite recognize the person staring back at you? Somewhere between caring for all of the other humans in your life, you forgot to take care of yourself. When you board a plane, they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first. There’s a reason for that. You really can’t show up for anyone else if you aren’t able to breathe yourself.
It’s so easy to slowly slide into a spiral of caring for everyone else. I battled a whole lot of postpartum anxiety this year, and sometimes I still have guilt about how long it took me to dig myself out when I was supposed to be smiling, playing and chasing my children like “all the other moms”. I kept thinking... "snap out of this Britt - you can't get this time back!". But it wasn't something I could choose to just "snap out of". Figuring out this season wasn't something I could rush.
The funny thing is, most people in my life would have never realized just how badly I was struggling (unless you showed up at my door unannounced and saw me anxious, beyond exhausted, not able to eat and sobbing). Sometimes we have to sit in the muck and slowly dig ourselves out. Sure, I wish I didn’t go through what I did this year, but it is a part of my journey and I learned a heck of a lot about resilience, mental health and advocating for yourself. Without your health – mental, physical and emotional – you have nothing! Prioritizing yourself is not a selfish act, it’s a requirement. ❤
Go to therapy. Switch to formula if it means you can get sleep. Get medication if it will help you. Call on others to watch your children for an hour. Whatever you need - do it. You're worth it.
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