I couldn’t help thinking yesterday, all day, about people who have extreme anxiety AND have a child or children to look after. My own struggles with anxiety makes it very difficult some days to look after myself. How difficult it must be for people with this illness when they have children.
It must take an amazing amount of courage, strength and determination to keep your own anxieties and depression under control while you care for your children. I don’t have children of my own so I don’t have to deal with that. I can’t imagine how I would have been able to keep my own issues in check while I protected my children from it.
Even for people who don’t have anxieties, children are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your only escape is to go to the bathroom and a few hours while they sleep at night. Hopefully you are able to get sleep while they sleep. Imagine if a person has anxiety, depression, manic episodes and there is nowhere to escape to, no time alone.
For those going through mental illness while raising children, I sure hope you have someone you can count on, to help you through it, help you with your children. What do you do? If you are a person who can manage all of this at the same time, you are a very strong and determined person. If you feel like a failure because of your illness or helpless because of your illness, think again. If you have managed all of this, you have succeeded in life. I’m not sure I would have been so strong. Take some weight off of your shoulders by telling yourself and believing that you are a good and worthwhile person. Anxiety, depression, they are illnesses that sometimes require treatment. You are still a worthwhile person. Say it, believe it, especially while getting through this holiday season.
All the best,
I’m Frazzled Again.