Dear Struggling Mama,
I see you over there–tired, summered-out, overwhelmed. Quite honestly, I am you. It’s been a long week, a long month, a long summer. I know you’re up to your eyeballs in bickering and late nights and too much tv and boredom and chaos and lack of routine and even ongoing problems and concerns that have been on your mind for months or years. At least I am. There’s just a lot going on. Too much for me right now. We’ve been having lots of fun this summer, but man! I’m ready to tap out! After a lot of thought, this is what I’ve decided to tell myself…
it’s okay to ask for help.
It’s okay to get a sitter for the night so you can regroup.
It’s okay to order in for dinner.
It’s okay to call your smartest, kindest friend and pour our your heart.
It’s okay to ask Grandma to take the kids for a few hours or a night or the weekend.
It’s okay to call in the pros to finish the project you started.
It’s okay to pass the baton to your partner when he walks in the door and hide with a good book in your room for an hour.
It’s okay to talk to your doctor about antidepressants.
It’s okay to go to counseling.
It’s okay to put a call in to your child’s doctor because you know you’re beyond the point of self-help, dietary, and over-the-counter strategies and you need a more formal assessment.
It’s okay, too, to need help and not know where it could possibly come from. Keep looking. It’ll come.
That’s what I’m telling myself today, and I thought someone else might need to hear it, too.