From the Postpartum Support International Blog
Jingle bells, jingle bells, mama had a baby. Now she’s sad but she must look glad, oh my will she ever survive?
Oh, the holidays. The holidays when we are supposed to be so happy, festive, and joyous even when we do not feel up to the task at hand. Sound familiar, my fellow Perinatal Mental Health mamas? I don’t know about you, but I dreaded the holidays when I was in the thick of it. Dreaded them.
When we are in the midst of a battle for our mental health, for our sanity, it isn’t simple to choose peace. We cannot choose peace any more than someone who has cancer can choose to be cancer free. We wait and hope for the best, hope for a light at the end of the tunnel. Once we find our light, however, we carry it with us through our lives and it makes us a stronger person. It changes us deep down.
Hard days make me grateful for my experience with Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Grateful that despite the horrid darkness into which I sank, I rose above it with the help of others. I am grateful for the silence and the magic of the world around me and being able to choose to see the beauty instead of ruminating on the what ifs of chaos.
Speaking of chaos, as we head into the holiday season, many are struggling to keep anxiety and other issues at bay due to the increased social expectations. Above all else, please remember to take care of yourselves.
Here are a few tips to help keep your holidays (and you) sane.
Holiday survival tips for moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
You will get through this holiday. You will. You have come so far, and you are an expert at fighting fierce foes. The holidays won’t know what hit them by the time you are through. You got this.
Have a fabulous holiday season and don’t forget to be the awesomeness that is hidden deep inside.
Lauren Hale is a two time survivor of Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has also experienced antenatal depression. She currently blogs at My Postpartum Voice. She is the founder of #PPDChat on Twitter, the first social media based community for moms and families struggling with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Lauren spends any spare time she might have in the kitchen, loves football, F1, and is fueled primarily by coffee, bacon, and Vienna Fingers.