So many of the pains in our world can be traced back to one simple concept – perfectionism. The idea that everything has to be ‘perfect’ to be right. In this episode, author, TedX speaker, mental mental health advocate and mama Lisa Abramson talks about her own struggles with perfectionism, and how it led her to a psychiatric hospital… and back to herself. – Happy Mama with Amy Tayor-Kabbaz.
Become so unwell, I went from normal baby blues and mood swings, some normal adjustment, trouble coping with being a new mum, lack of sleep, the hormones, the stress of trying to breastfeed… it felt like the world was ending and I as soon as I become a mum I had failed at everything I was supposed to be doing.
I wanted to know why did this happen to me? How did I make it happen? Was it my fault? What did I do wrong? This was a challenging part of the recovery getting over that and letting go, and saying sometimes there’s things bigger than us.
The combination of the hormones, the stress of being a new mum and then not sleeping just proved to be a toxic combination for me.
[If] you find yourself facing a maternal mental health disorder it’s not your fault, you absolutely didn’t do anything wrong, there is nothing you could have done differently to prevent it, sometimes we just react differently to the situations at hand, and surrendering to that.
Say no to things that don’t align with your values and aren’t nurturing your wellbeing, getting more protective of your time.
Getting support is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength and self-assurance
It’s going to work out.
Know the signs and seek help early. PANDA National Helpline 1300 729 360 panda.org.au