Let’s kick this first blog post off with some down and dirty honesty, why don’t we? I parent while living with depression and anxiety. I am constantly trying to balance acknowledging and then ignoring that voice called Anxiety that whispers in my ear – and if I do not succeed on the ignoring front, Anxiety rears her ugly head into Depression.
Thinking about doing something like attending a crowded and emotional public event like a march or protest makes me say “no, thanks” – then feel incredibly guilty because that is absolutely not the message I want to send my daughter.
What helps me overcome the seemingly innumerable what ifs and I cannots is preparing – mentally and physically – as much as possible before an event and going or meeting up with other people. Just to have someone standing by my side is often enough accountability and support for me to be brave enough to do something new and very much out of my comfort zone.