So this week we successfully raised awareness on Maternal Mental Health Week across all social media platforms and it was so inspiring to see such wonderful stories. I’ve always been very open and honest about my struggles with anxiety throughout my whole life, I write a lot about it on my blog, and my reason for this is because I want to make a difference. I want people to be able to relate, and understand that they’re not alone in how they’re feeling. There’s not shame in asking for help, having a mental illness doesn’t define who you are, and it certainly isn’t a personal failure.
I knew something wasn’t right when Raya turned 3 months old and I still wasn’t my self. I felt emotional everyday, I couldn’t bare to leave the house, the most I managed was school runs, and even that was challenging. I would have several panic attacks a day and was constantly on edge worrying about everything and anything. I didn’t even want to talk to friends and family. I can usually cope with my anxiety, but I knew this was bigger than me and eventually sought help. It was the best thing I ever did. As soon as I was able to tell somebody else how I felt, I instantly felt a huge weight lifted. That’s why I started my blog page. I realised writing down how I felt made me feel better. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Motherhood is the toughest hood of all. Whether you’re a working mum, a stay at home mum, or a surviving on caffeine and chocolate all day mum. But we’re not robots. You can do anything but not everything. Everybody needs help sometimes and that’s okay
1 in 5 mamas will experience anxiety or depression during her pregnancy or after birth. If that’s not you, look around you.
That is someone you love deeply and she needs your help.
*The reason I started my blog, was to help me deal with my anxiety and help others who can relate also. Feel free to drop me a comment on my Instagram page post here