When I wake up feeling depressed, I really feel caught off guard. I know I have to get the kids off to school. That means I have to get up and get breakfast ready, make sure they are getting ready, that they’re wearing clothes that are appropriate, and that they have their homework in their backpacks. But when I’m depressed, I feel too tired to move, I have a headache, I feel alone.
When I’m depressed like this, I try to just focus on one step at a time and keep my mind on the kids. I try to push away the negative feelings that are holding me back from getting things done and think about what’s most important. I want to make a good start to the day for both the kids and me. Sometimes this is really hard to do, but I’m a parent, and this is what I have to do.
Here’s what I do when I’m feeling down. Sometimes I just try to stop, take a deep breath, and start over. I shut the door to my bedroom and tell the kids I’ll be out in fifteen minutes. I sit on my bed and breathe deeply with short, clean breaths. I try to relax (not enough to fall asleep again), and then I get up, stretch, take a shower, and then look into the mirror and say to myself, I have kids who depend on me and I love them, so I have to start the day off right for them. If the morning starts out good for them and for me, I can make it through the rest of the day.
Taken from Parenting Well When You’re Depressed
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