Today is world mental health day. Mental health issues can effect anyone no matter what age or background they’re from. There are many ways we are effected by mental health issues on a daily basis, be it for a day, a month or long term.
Everyday life can cause mental health issues in our daily lives without us realising. Mental health is not easily talked about and can be quite daunting to overcome without the right support.
Speaking about my own experience, it’s never a nice feeling to feel alone and think you have no one to talk to. I first started this blog as a way to talk about my daily life as a new mum. I didn’t know if people would read or relate but I knew I had to get it out.
I was the first of my friends to have a baby and although I love my group of friends and I know they’re always there for me, I felt like some of the issues I went through, they couldn’t relate in a way I wanted them to because they hadn’t experienced motherhood yet so some of the responses I got, made me feel alone and isolated.
I used to get feelings of neglect and emotional when seeing them enjoying their lives without worrying about a little human at home. Feelings of jealousy, resentment and isolation were some of the emotions I went through. I realised after a while that I was in a position that I didn’t want to change. I didn’t miss my old life before having children and I was happy. Happy with my family and the way my life was just beginning.
I’m lucky to have a supportive husband who always does his best to ensure I’m OK and asks me how my day is in case there’s some steam I need to let off. Which some days, I do have some steam to let off. I don’t have a perfect life, but I have a life that I’m happy in and that’s enough for me. Happiness!
Lack of sleep mixed with all those emotions and hormone imbalances can cause any new mother to suffer from mental health issues so it is vital to talk about what you feel. Whether it be with your partner, family, friends or parent groups. Don’t keep it to yourself and feel alone. You’re not alone! Being a new parent is tough enough, we don’t need to feel less than what we are because WE ARE strong and we are needed.
We can’t look after our children if we don’t look after ourselves.
I’m always here…. Let’s talk….
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