Tips For Balancing Mental Illness With Motherhood


Suffering from a mental illness is something that no one can call easy.  Some days are harder than others, and having to reach out to and be open about your feelings and the emotional process can be daunting.  It doesn’t always feel good to be vulnerable.  Particularly when you are a mother and are a source of strength and protection for your little ones.  The last thing a mother can want to do at times is to have to admit she just isn’t feeling her best and needs help.

Combining the struggles of having a mental illness with the struggles and pressures of motherhood can be an overwhelming combination.  Here are some tips for minimizing the pressure and being kind to yourself while tackling these two huge hurdles at the same time.

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Honest With Your Family

Many women can feel such pride that they refuse to acknowledge their illness.  They want so badly to be able to be strong for their family that they charge ahead instead of taking a pause to really examine whether they are actually burning themselves out.

Don’t be afraid to admit to your family that you need a break to regroup yourself.  You should consider therapy and treatment as a serious option.  Not only will it help you to feel better but it will also help your family to feel better.  They will feel comforted knowing that you are getting the attention that you need and it will help them better understand exactly what it is that you are going through.

Find a Balance

A busy mom can be busier than even the biggest business tycoon with multiple businesses to run, properties, private islands, and 10,000 hedge funds. No one knows what truly being busy is like until you have several kids to look after and a house to keep clean.

Therefore, remember that even though you may feel like super mom, you are still just a human.  Not only that but you are a human that has a particular condition which can make you more vulnerable to ups and downs.  Instead of feeling guilty for taking breaks, see it as a necessary part of being able to take the best possible care of your family.

Without finding a balance between being on the go and giving your all and taking time for what you need in order to group, you are running yourself on empty leaving yourself vulnerable to breaking down.

Join a Support Group

Joining a group is a great way to get your feelings and thoughts out on the table in an open-minded environment of like-minded people.  Take a look at some of the groups in your area that might be a great fit for you to open up and meet people in a similar situation as you.

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