Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, and now more than ever, it is important to spread awareness.
The sad thing is that so many people suffer in silence, and as a mom, I know how hard it can be. I know how our mental health can really take a hit.
There have been way too many times since becoming a mom when I know I should have reached out for some help. One too many times I found myself crying in the shower (literally last night, after a long hard day) or while rocking my infant back to sleep at 2:00 a.m. So many moms hide the pain so well, in fear of being judged. We seem to have this irrational mindset that we have to be strong, the strong rock of the family. We feel we must always have a smile on our face and always be positive, after all, we chose this life. Too many times I have put a smile on my face while going about my day, while out with friends, doing errands, when all I really want to do is yell at the top of my lungs and cry. Too many times I have cried myself to sleep thinking about how much I miss my friends, how much I miss the freedom. Then shaking my head and pushing these feelings off to the side… because how dare I feel this way. This is the reality of what some new moms (and second, third, even fourth time) go through. The pressure we have on us to keep it together for our family. The pressure society puts on us to balance it all, while always staying positive. The guilt… oh my gosh the guilt…The guilt of every little thing that motherhood throws at us can eat us up inside and make a major impact on our mental health. You don’t have to bottle it up. It is okay to not be okay.
Speak out. Reach out. Be there.
Always be kind. Not only today, but everyday.
Please check out the Bell Let’s Talk website for all the ways you can help, and use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk today. Every action counts.
If you need to talk, I am always here.