First of all, anytime you experience troubling emotional symptoms it is important to check in with your doctor to rule out other causes and get their professional advice on ways to treat how you are feeling.
Therapy and medication can be amazing game-changers when struggling with mental health issues. These are tools you should explore with the guidance of your physician.
Taking a mental survey of your overall health and wellness can be effective in improving your mental health!
Are you sleeping? This is HUGE in staying sane. I battled severe anxiety and depression after my second son that almost entirely went away once he began sleeping for longer than 2-hour increments.
What are you eating? Moms are pressed on time and even getting 3 square meals a day can be a REAL challenge. Make feeding yourself nutritious meals a priority.
I had to cut out coffee, gluten, cut back on sugar, and add in a lot of veggies to get to a place where my body felt good. It can take some trial and error but investing in your health is investing in your family’s health!
Are you moving your body? Exercise is hugely beneficial in combating anxiety and depression. All those big feelings need a place to go and exercise is a great way to literally help work the negative feelings out of your body.
What is the status of your spiritual health? Having a healthy diet of scripture, prayer, and praise is powerful in helping raise your spirit! Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”
Meditating on God’s good Word can lift the weight of depression from your mind.
Thinking through all of this can be overwhelming, so just start small and commit to taking the one “next right step” towards health and wellness. You deserve it and the work you are doing is so very meaningful!
Galatians 6:9 encourages us to not grow weary in doing good. In order to stay joy-filled through the work of stay-at-home-motherhood, we have to invest in our own minds, hearts, bodies, and dreams as well as rely on God to fill in when we fail.
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