Moms have such an important role in our lives, yet they are often overlooked when it comes to mental health.
Depression is a mental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, and moms are no exception- me included.
I have suffered from depression at various times in my life, and unfortunately, many moms struggle in silence, feeling ashamed, embarrassed, or that they should be able to cope on their own.
I want to provide just a little insight into the reality of depression for moms, and share how to get help.
Depression in moms can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Many moms may feel overwhelmed and exhausted, lacking motivation or joy. They may feel isolated and lonely, lacking a support network.
They may struggle to concentrate or make decisions.
Other physical symptoms may include changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
It's important for you as a mom to remember that it's okay to ask for help- to me, the brave thing to do is to ask for help. It is a sign of strength, not weakness.
It's important to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or medical professional to get the support you need.
There are a variety of treatments available, such as therapy, life coaching, lifestyle changes, and sometimes medication. It's soooo important to take time to nurture yourself - to find ways to relax, enjoy nature, and practice self-care.
No one should have to suffer in silence - if you or someone you know is battling depression, please remember that help is available.