Bring to mind, a thought you think of all the time. We tend to reach for the same thoughts over and over, it’s a habit. It’s easier to think this thought because it’s normal and comfortable to us. I like to imagine someone walking through the snow, and making a trail in a circle. The more they walk on that circle in the snow, the more compact the snow gets, the easier it is to walk there. Then to go start a new path in the snow feels really difficult and not as easy as just staying on the packed down trail. That’s kind of how our thoughts are in our brains. The more and more we think them, the deeper ingrained they get in our brains. Many times, we don’t even know what we are thinking, and how our thoughts are making us feel. So, in this episode, I want to bring awareness to your thoughts, so that you can begin to notice how it’s making you feel.
Finding a way to acknowledge the grief that is stored in our bodies can be difficult. Monique beautifully talks about how our bodies are doing what they are supposed to do when we are grieving. How we can support our bodies and minds through this grieving process, and find a way to learn to live with the grief in our lives
I felt fragile. I ran from conflict. If a relationship became strained or broken, I just left it instead of trying to fix it. I didn’t want to talk about the hard things. Probably like many of you, I didn’t think it was possible to live if something were to happen to anyone I loved. I had never experienced a loss of anyone close to me yet. I had not experienced deep grief over the death of someone I loved.
Amanda shares about her daughter Juniper on her Instagram, and in pregnancy began sharing about pregnancy after loss. We recorded this episode just a couple days before Amanda's second daughter Coral was born. Now Amanda shares what parenting after loss has been like for her. Lets welcome Amanda as she shares real truths about life after your child dies.
If you are like I was, I kept wondering if this all my life was now. Was my life sadness, and depression, and deep pain and grief like I’ve never known before. How was I supposed to be the mother to my other children, who I love so much, yet I’m snapping at them, and struggling with being their mother? I didn’t love Aria anymore than my other children, so how come her dying is taking over and robbing me of being the mother I want to be?
So many of us experience mental health struggles, yet we suffer alone and in silence. Julie Lee’s mission is to let others know that they are seen and heard, because compassion and connection save lives. In today’s episode, Julie shares with us her journey with her mental health, and how she’s coping and utilizing today to be able to live a functional and happy life.
The first step to getting help, is becoming aware that there is a name to what you are experiencing, and that there is hope and help out there.
Today I’m talking with Lyndsey Proctor who owns a outpatient treatment center for mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression, and anxiety. I am so grateful Lyndsey shares her knowledge with us today, as it could be the first time you are hearing that you are not crazy, and that it’s okay to get help.