So yes, that happened. I did indeed publish my first article about Mental Health as a guest post on someone else’s blog. Am I a mentally ill mom? Yes, but let’s briefly talk about how we label ourselves, how society labels us.
Putting people in boxes with labels
I am a woman, a businesswoman, a saleswoman, an extroverted woman, a crazy woman, lazy woman, dynamic woman, tenacious woman, many versions of a “woman”, in my own eyes and in the eyes of others respectively. I am a daughter, a granddaughter, a mom, a stepmom, a friend, a sister, a wife. And very soon, I’m even going into the grandmother box with my latest label. And I am a mentally ill mom. We can all write books about the many labels we have.
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I am a mom. I don’t like to label myself as a certain kind of mom. I don’t believe that any mothers fit into the boxes that they put themselves and others into. I may be a #helicoptermom when it comes to my child’s nutrition because you know, she’s almost two years old. She doesn’t know what’s good for her until I have taught her by manifesting good eating habits. Some would certainly say that I am a #girlmom but I don’t subscribe to labels, for myself or others.
Here on earth, we will fill many roles, descriptions and titles in our lives. Being a “mom” is a role that I have the privilege of playing in my lifetime. It does not define who and what I am, because I am so much more than just a “mom”.
Mentally ill mom – mental health for moms
I wrote about my mental health for the first time as a guest blogger. This is not an easy topic to drop a bomb about on my own platform to my own readers. So I am taking baby steps, doing it gradually. Not many people in my life have been ‘in the know’ about this part of me.
I apologize if some of you had to read about this for the first time on another platform. I realize that it’s like seeing a pregnancy announcement on social media from someone you are close to, you wish you’d known before you read about it with everyone else.
But wait, actually I can’t apologize because I’m doing it the only way I can, the only way it feels comfortable for me.
It was inevitable that I was going to write about it at some stage since the lifestyle that I maintain keeps me sane, it is not easily understood at the best of times. However, my lifestyle encourages self-care and manifesting what we want, and that is ultimately what resonates with or inspires my readers.
READ MORE: A Day in the Life of a Mentally Ill Mum
I want to give special thanks to those who have inspired me to write about this topic.
- My husband, Ian, for always encouraging and supporting me.
- Nadia from The Non-Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Mum who invited me to take part in her series and facilitated my first post.
- Maz from Caffeine & Fairydust who inspired me with her bravery in speaking up about this topic in Shante’s series on Rose and Thorns.
With Love & Gratitude,
Images sponsored by Leigh Benson Photography
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