In my life and work I have come across many people who have gone or are going through what can expediently be defined as a “life crisis”. The word carries a lot of negative connotations of course, since it is associated with very difficult life passages often brought about by circumstances beyond the volition or ‘control’…
“Reboot your System: By breaking illusions and overcoming fears you are going through a complete system reboot. Crisis in fact can be a very thorough cleansing process.”
Rebooting after my short circuit, my life crisis Postpartum Psychosis, has been such a positive change in my life. Love this post!
Source: Why Going Through A Life Crisis Is A Positive Thing | Spirit Science
Via: The Mind Unleashed
Those don’t define you just like dealing with anxiety doesn’t define me.Those things are part of the journey. Part of our stories. Do you know what I realized? Until I just deal with something and give myself to have moments where I stumble – well I cannot be free to fill that space with joy and happy. For you see – our happiness is not ever defined by having a perfect house, perfect meals, perfect health, a perfect body, perfect children, and so on. It is not defined by another person telling you that you are awesome or any of that. It is you.
“Because at the core we all are moving forward trying to do our best and oftentimes doing our best means stumbling, catching our breath and starting again. ”
Source: sometimes we have to talk about anxiety – Finding Joy
Having experienced postpartum psychosis and antenatal psychosis, here are three things I’ve learned about navigating pregnancy with bipolar disorder.
Great reflections on preparing for a newborn whilst managing your own mental health.
Source: Navigating pregnancy with bipolar disorder – Bipolar Mom Life
Q: I’m a wife, mother, and bank manager and these days I feel like I am failing at all of it. I meditate each morning and do yoga, but I’m still tired, stressed, and cranky and I drop more balls than I catch. Why am I so lousy at having it all?
“Instead of buying into the popular but ludicrous idea that a woman should have it all, choose to have less. Do some soul searching and decide what really matters to you.”
Source: Don’t Get Addicted to Busyness | Mindful
Via: The Connection Documentary
When I found myself home from the hospital with a new baby, I wondered why no one had mentioned The Darkness.
“I began to question everything. The second-guessing was relentless. Sometimes it was about important things, and other times I just wanted my husband to tell me what to have for breakfast so I wouldn’t have to make a decision.”
Source: Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About The Darkness? – Scary Mommy
Via: The HerStories Project
“You’re a different person at the other end. I don’t think you can have this illness and it not leave a mark within you.”
Postpartum Psychosis has left a mark on me for which I am truly grateful for the person I have become because of it.
Source: 5 Things I’ve Learnt About Recovering From Post-Natal Depression | ourhayley
Via: Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness
Psychosis. What sort of images come into your mind when you think about that word? My guess is that you didn’t immediately think of a new mum with a tiny baby.
“A common thread is our passionate love for our children. I have been on a long journey to recover my confidence as a mum. Many mums who have been through Postpartum Psychosis feel forever changed by our experience of psychosis.”
Source: It is time to talk about postpartum psychosis
Via: Action for Postpartum Psychosis
In the months leading up to the birth of her first child, Blair Shackle tried to do everything right.“I went by the books,” she recalled. “I carefully monitored everything that went into my body. I was completely focused on my baby’s health and preparing to welcome him into the world.”
“I was coupling a severe lack of sleep with this new life change. Those two things collided and exploded. I developed a very strong sense of anxiety around everything. I was concerned about the smallest, most improbable things.”
Source: Minnesota blogger Blair Shackle writes about her postpartum psychosis in hopes of helping other new mothers | MinnPost
If you’ve been diagnosed with postnatal depression and you’re wondering what recovery feels like (or if it’s even possible), I’m writing this for you. I’ve been there.
“You can’t help but come through the other side of PND changed. You’ll see the world differently. And it’s hard to explain, because it will vary for everyone, but you’ll find there’s a richness to life, an appreciation of the simple pleasures and a knowledge of the rhythm of sadness. And that knowledge and appreciation builds resilience, a steely inner strength you’ll draw on, for years to come.”
Source: Mums recovering from PND, this is what I want you to know
Via: PANDA Facebook