How often do you feel pain and been suffering in silence? Keeping everything bottled in, afraid no one will understand, nor bother to listen. How many times have you self-medicated today or this week?
Just trying to dull the pain and sleep the day away. Do your thoughts ever get so dark you're just ready to end it all? I've been there too. I think it's so interesting how you can have an abundance of family and friends yet nothing lifts that darkness and pain.
What I've learned about depression is that it can affect even the most unsuspecting people. Like how it affects moms like we don't already have enough to deal with already. Did you know that depression affects more single moms than single dads?
Here and there you may get glimpses of what happiness feels like, but most days are filled with sadness. We are the people you see that may look like they have their shit together, but we're just barely holding all the pieces. Holding back our tears and struggles just to appear somewhat happy to our families; especially our little ones.
Downplaying how much you are hurting inside and wondering why you're a baby about it. Saying to yourself over and over, "Everyone has financial issues, relationships that end, non-custodial parents who never show up".
First, are you ready to change how depression affects your life? When I decided to take action I was pregnant with my son Peyton in 2014. I started to journal so I could put all my thoughts on paper and be able to recall topics I wanted to discuss with my therapist. Journaling also made me feel a little better; like having a weight lifted off my chest.
Second, confide in a friend or a close family member. The first person I told I had depression was a friend/co-worker of mine from my previous job. Surprisingly she has it too, so it was super comfortable talking to her whenever I felt myself about to crash.
Third, you'll definitely need to make lifestyle changes like exercising. Start with a 30-minute walk then ease into jogging, and running. For me, I prefer therapeutic yoga which is good for people with depression. If you're in the Atlanta- Decatur area, I would love to link up for a session.
Finally, now that you know what to do, I would still love to keep in touch. The main point of this post is to let my readers know that they are not in this alone. I know I don't want to be. Keep me posted on your journey.
I'm only a DM, Facebook message, or email away. Another thing, there will still be bad days, and you will still be sad from time-to-time, and that's completely okay. Keep trying to do things that make you happy and try to be consistent. Learn how to start setting goals and holding yourself accountable.
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Welcome! I'm Daisha Renee; single mom to three minions. If you're like me you are suffering from depression & anxiety, and probably a mom too. In this space, know you are not alone and you don't have to suffer in silence. If you want to connect and share your experience with depression and anxiety please feel free to reach out.
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