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.
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.