Updated: May 12, 2019
In honor of #maternalhealthawarenessweek I wanted to share something I was talking about with a friend — sometimes breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs.
A breakdown happens when someone has reached their limit on an emotional, mental and/or physical level.
Around ten months in to being a Mom of two I had a mental breakdown. I was exhausted; spiritually, mentally and physically. I had been running on fumes not reaching out to my partner or community for support.
I did not recognize I was drowning. I had been going through the motions of what I thought being a good Mother, wife and caretaker looked life. I had not been checking in with myself or filling my own cup up.
This breakdown gave me an opportunity to recognize the way I had been functioning was not working. I needed to reassess and reevaluate how I was living day to day. It forced me to learn how to really show up for myself. It forced me to make a change and honor the need to slow down and reach out for help.
I want to encourage you to not get to the place where you breakdown. I want to encourage you to practice self-care. To honor your feelings. To reach out for support.
But if you don’t, and you do fall apart, know that you can get better.
Breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs.
Take this time to become your own best advocate; be present and accountable to your needs and wants. Remember it is not about being perfect but present.
When you show up for yourself and fuel your body, mind and soul, in return, you will be the best human, partner and parent you can be.