There are times as a new parent when you feel completely overwhelmed (trust me, I’ve been there). Raising a tiny human is a tough job and it’s completely normal to feel in over your head sometimes. It’s exhausting, mentally and physically. Mums and Dads all over the world feel the strain daily and yet not many people open up about it. Not on a personal level anyway.
There is absolutely no shame in talking about how you feel. Whether you are a parent or not! I think the words ‘mental health’ scare a lot of people. I think people shut down when it comes to the subject, like it’s not supposed to be something we discuss. I used to feel like I had to hide my struggles (mental and physical) as people would see them as failure. I was affraid if I looked like I wasn’t coping then people would judge me and pity me. I thought talking about my thoughts and feelings would make me look weak. But now, after time and the right support, I see, my struggles are what make me strong, my struggles are what teach me life lessons, my struggles are a journey to something better. While you’re facing struggles it feels like there is no end. It feels like you are swimming against the tide and there is no land in sight. But talking about it grounds you, it helps you find land. Then once you see the shore you will just naturally drift towards it and in no time you will have the sand between your toes and the sun on your face. You will have made it through and you will be able to look at how far you have come and breathe a sigh of relief.
Everyone’s journey is different. Everyone feels different things. Not one person is the same. BUT we can all relate to each other in some way. Man, woman, young, old, it doesn’t matter!
If you were feeling lost, would you reach out? If you felt alone, would you pick up the phone? If you were at an all time low, would you let it show?… Help is always there. It can come in many forms, a shoulder to cry on, an extra pair of hands, an ear to bend or a stranger’s kind word. Just reach out, pick up the phone, tell someone how you’re feeling. You are not alone. Help is all around us. You just have to embrace it. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Letting your guard down will let new opportunities in and change will come about.
Don’t worry – Help is on the way