The day the pandemic was announced, I sat in my dining room, flooded with shame.
My first thoughts were how I would survive with my three kids and no escape to recharge.
How had I become the type of mother when faced with a global pandemic that panicked about spending large amounts of time with her kids?
I cried as the shame ate at me.
Standing Up To Shame
Shame loves to tell us our feelings are wrong and that we are broken and flawed.
Shame tried to tell me I was self-centred for worrying about my mental health.
There is nothing shameful about monitoring our needs. Isn’t that what we teach our children to do?
Advocating for ourselves
We’ve been programmed to believe we’re asking for too much. The system works better if we believe our needs come last.
We cannot ignore our mental health needs. We must find ways even when it feels impossible to care for ourselves.
Our health is vital to our families’ health.
Please repeat after me, caring for yourself is caring for your family.
Push through the guilt, challenge the shame and make the time.
What’s your favourite form of self-care?
Originally posted to Instagram July 22, 2020