Today I am linking up with Just Be Enough for the very first time. A challenge was issued to change the conversation around judging other women. I confess that I used to judge other moms all the time. I was so insecure in my own parenting choices as a first time mom that I was extremely defensive about everything. I would get upset at anything anyone said to me. After the birth of my second, I was prepared to defend our parenting choices as “our child, our family, our decision”. What I wasn’t prepared for was the relentless second guessing of myself with postpartum depression and anxiety. I judged myself more harshly than anyone could ever have judged me.
I am more than the woman who used to break out in hives from stress and anxiety which lead to a previous diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
I am more than my postpartum depression and my postpartum anxiety.
I am so much more than my mental health struggles. These illnesses are a part of me, but they do not define me. These struggles have given me a chance to see how many women struggle with motherhood and defining themselves. I choose now to listen to other moms. I do not rush to judge anymore because I do not know the circumstances of their particular situation. I choose to share my struggles and my joys with others in hopes that other moms will realize that they are not alone.