“When you shed light on something dark and shameful, it’s exposed and it begins to lose it’s power.” Rachel Druckenmiller
I came across this quote in an article I read at work related to mental health. The truth of this quote resonated deeply with me as I had just publicly shared my struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety. I had moments of darkness and shame, but after I shared what I was going through, those feelings began to weaken. A weight was lifted. Sharing my story was a catalyst for healing.
I have been on a journey to becoming a healthier, happier version of myself, focusing on the following:
- Engaging in activities that bring me joy
- Being more diligent about self-care
- Addressing relationship issues
- Being more honest about my needs/feelings
- Positivity – in my self talk and what I consume
- Living in the moment
- Being more intentional with my time
I’m blessed to have an awesome community of people that have supported me through the last few months and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I want to take the opportunity to express gratitude to a few people:
- My husband – for being there through every moment. There are really no words to express my gratitude for his presence, consistency, and unconditional love.
- Our parents – for spending time with our kids and loving on them so much and so well.
- My friends – who have listened to me, encouraged me, spent time with me, challenged me and most importantly, recommended therapy.