Sunday was World Mental Health Awareness Day it got me thinking about one of the ways I 'get in the way' of my own positive mental health.
I'm guilty of saying "I'm fine" when someone asks "How are you?".......even when I'm not.
In a week where social media is embracing the topic and lots of posts talking about mental health and people sharing their journey. I think it's safe to say that this past year has been incredibly challenging for everyone....particularly parents.
Carrying the burden of everyone having been at home, juggling work & schooling. Tears & Tantrums.
It has taken its toll in many way..... and especially when we don't really know what is going on for people behind closed doors.
I'm desperately trying to get out of the habit of saying "I'm fine"...... and instead; speaking up or asking for help when I know I need it. Help can be hard to accept when the media paint mothers as superheroes and if we can't do everything; we are somehow failing.
Women should not have to hold everything together; it is not our job.
If you're not feeling fine at this moment, please do reach out to someone and seek support from those around you. It may be hard to do (as people are often quick to give advice from their perspective as opposed to listening to what's going on for you).
Let them know that you need a safe space to share- and only want advice if you ask for it. Sometimes being heard is the most important thing.
I'm always on my DM's and always more than happy to chat if you'd like to. Let's not wait another year to chat about mental health- I see you and am here if you need me.