Investing in yourself is one of the most empowering things we can do for ourselves as women. We have been taught that our worth is linked to how much we give away to others, we give our time, our attention, our expertise, our pleasure, our ideas, you name it. We've been conditioned this way and unfortunately it isn't the complete story. We have to fill ourselves up first before we can truly give. When we give and we are already running on empty, then we pave the path for resentment and disempowerment. On that road, it is easy to feel like a victim and get trapped in the fantasy of being rescued. The classic seduction of hoping others change, so we can get what we need.
Counseling support is helpful for moms especially if you feel that you are struggling with any mood challenges, such as depression, anxiety, isolation, grief, anger, or the loss of your sense of self. We all know this is hard, but it is not necessary to suffer through it. When leveraged, the challenges of motherhood can bring about profound transformations, things you may have always longed for in your life may be trying to come through, but the package doesn't match what you expected. Having children comes with a fair share of expectations. What if this journey is also about your deep growth and awakening?
Here are some Facts you may not know regarding Perinatal Mood and Anxiety.
It's not your fault. Anyone can get PMA. There are several causes ranging from biological, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual.
You are not alone and you will recover. One out of eight nationwide and 1/4 in NM mothers have some degree of PMA.
There is no one thing you can do that will suddenly make PMAs go away. It will take time. Be gentle and patient with yourself.
PMA goes in cycles. Switching good and bad moments, hours, and days is normal for PMA. It is what can make it hard to ask for help.
Having PMA does not make you a BAD mother. PMA can lead to negative feelings and thoughts about motherhood and yourself. These feelings and thoughts are not true.
Regular consistent breaks are essential, not a luxury. Breaks are a necessity and make for better mommies. A more rested mother is able to parent with less resentment, fear and self-doubt. Plan breaks for support rather than waiting until you are beyond needing it. There is no room for guilt.