It’s Not Always Rainbows and Unicorns: Mental Health Mom Series
The goal of the Mental Health Mom Series is for Moms and Moms-to-be to share their stories to be used to help inspire, uplift and spread awareness about mental health and motherhood. Whether you suffer from depression, PPD, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder or something else your story may help change the life of another mom reader and that’s important to me!
It’s Not Always Rainbows and Unicorns
“I want a whipped cream sandwich!” is what my son recently demanded while I was on a business coaching call. I didn’t even know how to respond except with a hard and fast, “No”.
After I got off my call, I realized my animal-loving son had also let the hamster out of its cage. Thankfully I was able to rescue it before the cat found out!
This is a typical day for me. I just never know what to expect with my son and I’ve gotten used to that. I’ve also gotten really good at remaining calm through it all. It wasn’t always this way though. There was a time in my mom journey where I felt very depressed. I had been trying to conceive a second child and it just wasn’t happening.
It took two years for my husband and I to conceive our son and the thought of going down that road again made me numb. My son played a huge part in helping me overcome my depression. I realized I needed to be there for him. While I wasn’t going to be able to have a second child, I was damn sure I was going to be the best mom possible to my son.
Battling depression wasn’t as easy as simply deciding I wasn’t going to be depressed anymore. I was in a very dark place. When I asked my doctor for help, he quickly whipped out the prescription pad, but I refused. I wasn’t interested in taking medication. While this works wonders for many people who suffer from depression, I knew it wasn’t the right thing for me.
The thought of pouring my heart out to some stranger didn’t appeal to me either. I wasn’t interested in reliving past traumatic experiences and leaving the therapist’s office a blubbering mess. That didn’t feel right to me.
Related: A Story of PPD
Taking meds for depression felt like putting a band-aid on a wound to me. I listened to my intuition. It was telling me there was more I needed to work on and that there was a way to do it without bringing up old emotional hurts. I just knew there had to be other options available. That’s when I discovered energy healing.
I went for some Reiki sessions and started learning about Chakras, spinning wheels of energy in our bodies. When Chakras are blocked, this can cause physical, emotional, and mental symptoms like chronic bronchitis, moodiness, headaches, and depression.
Once I learned how to clear, open, and keep my chakras functioning at their best, I started to feel so much better. The difference was truly transformational.
It’s important to listen to our intuition. If you feel something in the back of your mind or your gut telling you something’s not right, listen. You’re feeling that way for a reason. The voices in your head do serve a purpose.
If you’re a mom, you know it’s not always rainbows and unicorns, but I wouldn’t trade this crazy mom journey for the world! If you are suffering from depression, please know you are not alone. There are resources and people available to help.
Related: I am NOT my Mom
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Josie Myers helps moms find a place of peace by teaching them how to truly enjoy their lives through self-care and support without judgement.
Too often in life, we get bogged down with outside pressures to be the best mom, the best wife, or the best business owner.
That’s A LOT of pressure and Josie’s here to tell you, you don’t have to be the best at everything every day
With a Master’s degree in education and a background in Reiki, Josie is a healer and intuitive guide that helps you tap into your true potential so you can heal from limiting beliefs and energy blocks.
She uses Reiki, BEAM (Bioenergetic Emotional Access Method), Chakra healing, oracle decks, crystals, yoga, and essential oils in her practice focusing on what it is she believes will help you the most.
Josie provides support and guidance to help you make the most of your journey while having fun along the way. Whether you’re dealing with infertility, pregnancy, or high-vibe children, she can relate.
She’s been through all of this and more and wants you to know you don’t have to do it alone! Josie lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, her son, and her cat, Russell, and you can find her in The Mom Bomb Lounge