Health & Wellness · Motherhood

On Surviving One of Those Days

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Have you ever had one of those days? Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or maybe you’re under the weather. Either way, today just seems unbearable.

Or how about one of those weeks? Maybe you’re overworked and underslept and you just can’t imagine making it through another week of critical deadlines and difficult people.

What about one of those months? Maybe you lost your job, or a loved one. Maybe you just had a baby, or moved to a new city. Maybe you’ve been down for so long that you just can’t see light at the end of the tunnel.

Personally, I’ve had one of those months. I anticipated that weaning Dutch from the breast would be challenging on me physically and emotionally. As my hormones find their way, I’ve experienced everything from extreme fatigue to depression.

The funny thing about depression is that you don’t know you’re in it until you’ve hit rock bottom. You find yourself on the bathroom floor, crying and crying and crying. Trying to breathe. You know it’s not you, it’s the hormones. You curse at the hormones. And when you finally come up for air, you know that a long journey lies ahead. You begin to crawl out of the trenches with a body that feels heavier than lead, and strength that feels weaker than Popeye, pre-spinach binge. Let’s just say post weaning depression is a real thing.

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There’s a lot of reasons why we struggle and some are easier to cope with than others. But what do we do when we feel like this? I imagine the equation is different for each person. For me, I manage stress with alone time, yoga, prayer, meditation, exercise, sunshine, nature, and time with friends and family. When I’m in the thick of it, life seems more bearable with these daily habits.

But let’s face it, sometimes it’s just about surviving, isn’t it?

So, here’s what’s got me really interested. How do you survive one of those days/weeks/months? What makes up your wellbeing plan? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below.

Thanks so much for reading and for sharing this journey with me.

Creatively Yours,

Lindsay ❤

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17 thoughts on “On Surviving One of Those Days

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such a kind comment. I do know I’m not alone, which is why I chose to publish this post and I really hope it helps others. 🙂

  1. Well I can safely say I just cruised through an extremely depressing phase myself.
    For me, intense exercise (preferably sports), spending time with friends/family and travel, proved be the best surviving mechanisms….however, nothing beats reaching out to someone who is in a more miserable condition than us (that’s when we realize there are people facing worse and our courage musters up while helping them)…
    This is my personal experience though 🙂 🙂 Cheers

    1. My friend! Thank you so much for popping in and sharing your personal experience. I agree that it helps so much to relate to others. And reminding ourselves that it could be worse is the best perspective shifter. So nice to hear from you and glad to hear you’re feeling better! 😊

  2. Depression is real but don’t let it get you under. Family and friends are always there to support you, even if they just sit and listen while you complain. Another thing that helped me when I went through an extremely difficult time was write a letter. No one has to read it but write about how you feel and why you think you feel that way. Good luck I hope you feel more uplifted soon 🙂

    1. You’re so right Simonette! The support of Family and friends Is the best medicine. And what a great idea to write a letter! I feel like just writing his blog post made a big difference for me in accepting where I’m at. Writing is such a powerful healing mechanism. I’m thankful that this is a temporary phase due to my hormones adjusting, but I know there are other who struggle with chronic, clinical depression their entire life. I can’t imagine what that must be like. I’m reminded of how much worse it could be and am grateful for the many blessings in my life. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience. ❤️

  3. Hey Lindsay ! Thank you for sharing, I’ve had one of those months before and what you said about depression is so true. I would like to say that I get through one of those days/weeks/months by just keeping in kind that if I’m alive to handle this current situation no matter how unbearable it may seem, I can handle it, because God gives us what we can handle. Thank you so much for sharing.
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    1. You’re so right, sometimes we just need to be grateful we are alive and breathing! And God is so good isn’t he, he never faces us with a challenge we cannot overcome. I know that firsthand. I really appreciate you stopping by and sharing your personal experience and what work for you. It means a lot! I’m headed over to your blog now! ❤️

  4. Pray your doin better Cuz. I finally checked my mail. Been off grid awhile. Avoid news, people, myself even. You know a bit about my PTSD. Missed this, wish could explain why AWOL from your blog, can’t. “Roller coaster of life”,…But finally checked, saw this, no coincidences kid. Thank You sweetness. No doubt God is the key for me. When you’ve seen what I have seen/done I realize I am so Blessed. In your Dad’s recent words to me, “count it all Joy”. I’m so glad I snuck by a minute…..Love YouZ ✌💞

    1. Hey Bruce, so nice to hear from you. If anyone knows about the struggle it’s you. Thanks for commenting and showing some love on this subject. I’m feeling much better but as you know, it comes and goes. I imagine my hormones will balance out sooner than later. I’m looking forward to having some consistency again! Love ya Cuz!

  5. Been there. Going outdoors for fresh air, a walk at a park or a large open space is what does it for me. A good friend of mine also adviced me to think about what is good in my life at times like those. Because although everything may seem doom and gloom at the time, there’s always something good to be thankful for. I decided not only to think about the good things, but to say them outloud, so I can hear myself , and to write them out. As I see the list of positives expand, my mood changes.

    1. Hey Gloria! I agree there is a lot of power in the spoken and written word and sunshine definitely heals the soul. A gratitude practice might be the most powerful mood shifter of all. I try to reserve my yoga practice for speaking gratitude affirmations. I always leave feeling refreshed, renewed and in a different headspace. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing how you survive ‘one of those days.’ 😊

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