#Anxiety #MentalHealth #WorkingMom
I am sharing a social media post made by my niece who lives in Canada. She lives in the province of Québec but drives one hour each way, five days a week to work in the neighboring province of Ontario.
Like most young working-parents, she and her husband struggle to balance full time jobs and the education and social life of their children. Additionally, they have adult family support roles and actively contribute to the communities they live in.
I am incredibly proud of my niece for everything that she does and for selflessly sharing insight into the complexity of being an essential worker and a severe anxiety warrior.
I have not disclosed her identity to protect the privacy of her family.
For all of you who are hiding behind the mask of judgement, please pause a moment to consider this true story.
As shared, edited only for clarity:
“I have written this post about...
I have a complicated history with the word SELF and I think it's because the emphasis is on self that transitions to SELFISH.
As a female in my generation and heritage, I was taught from an early age to put others before myself, to nurture and care for others, but to minimize what I needed or felt.
“Selfish” was a nasty label to put on anyone, and especially to be avoided as a woman.
As I matured, I had to unlearn a lot of the teachings of my earlier life. I have come to realize how critically important it is to take care of myself.
In fact, self-care is the opposite of being selfish because when I am at my absolute best, at the peak of my performance levels, I can do so much more for others.
Self-care is not one single area of focus, it is a balancing act of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual care.
Self-care might be scheduling a facial or investing in getting my hair done.
Self-care might be hiring a coach,...