We all know what a balancing act is right? When you somehow manage to juggle and balance multiple tasks and aspects of your life without dropping the ball. Well, my life is an unbalancing act – the act of getting through life one day at a time, juggling parenthood, a relationship, work and mental health whilst often dropping multiple balls and rarely knowing where it all went so wrong (on that particular day!).
That’s not to say I don’t have days that are absolutely amazing and leave me feeling like everything is right in the world. It’s just to say that those days are far and few between and that isn’t a bad thing – it’s just life.
The Unbalancing Act just seemed like the perfect title for anything about me whether it was to be a biography or a blog. My serotonin is unbalanced, my life is unbalanced and I’m pretty sure even my very short sighted vision is unbalanced.
For the full low down on who I am, check out the About Me page which is full of all the things you might want to know about me and this blog without reading a blog post first.
The basics are I’m a 29 year old mum to two, back in work after taking 2 years out for mental health issues, in a long-term relationship with Mr A (their dad) and trying to manage living unbalanced.
I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety on and off since my early teens without really understanding what it meant. As an adult, when I hit my lowest point, I finally understood what it meant but that didn’t make it any easier to live with. I lost my job at the time, I almost lost Mr. A and I just couldn’t bring myself to care enough to really fix it.
Two years later and I don’t think you would ever be able to tell that I was living in hell not so long ago. I have a new (if insecure) job, my relationship is the strongest it’s been ever and I actually care about trying to live my best life.
Being a working parent is hard when it comes to finding a healthy work-life balance. Throwing mental health into the mix is downright scary. But we all have our own reasons why we are working the hours and days that we work; making the money we make whilst trying to be the best parent we can be, as well as trying to love ourselves in ways we are only just discovering.
Is it easy? No, but nobody ever said it would be.
Everyone is going through something. Everyone’s struggle is valid.
This blog is just a reminder for all the parents going through mental health issues or trying to find a balance between work and family or just trying to find a balance at all, that you are never alone; every day is a blessing (I know it doesn’t always feel like it though); and as much as it’s good to have goals and aspirations, it’s just as good to take things one day at a time.
Every step forward is a step in the right direction, no matter how slowly you go.
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