“Confession: I’ve been struggling.
I’m struggling to keep my head above water in an ocean filled with stress and worry.
I’m struggling to make choices that seem unpredictable and scary.
I’m struggling with being an empath and feeling everything that’s going on in the world.
I’m struggling to keep my composure and sometimes cry in front of my kids.
I’m struggling with the constant demands every day and I feel like I’m failing as a mom.
I’m struggling to answer questions from my children regarding school schedules and sports.
I’m struggling to find the balance between not doing enough and drowning in long to-do lists.
I’m struggling with the never-ending days and the sleepless nights.
I’m struggling with the ‘what if’s’ and the unknowns surrounding the future.
I’m struggling with anxiety that consumes my thoughts and will not allow me to focus on daily tasks.
I’m struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel but praying God will guide me through it.
Friends, if you’re struggling and feel like you’re ready to wave the white flag…
You are NOT alone.
I’m in the trenches with you desperately trying to find the way out.
And while I know it takes time to pull myself out of it, I’m stopping to breathe and asking for help.
I’m leaning on friends and allowing them to be there for me.
I struggle with accepting help and letting others support me the way I support them.
But the truth is, we NEED to let our friends and family be there for us.
This is not a competition to see who gets ‘best quarantine mom’ or who has the best Pinterest worthy pictures.
This is real life.
And the struggles are hard.
I’m learning to accept the things I cannot change and take control of the things I can.
I’m learning to give myself grace as I navigate through these difficult times.
I’m learning to confide in friends and realizing we don’t have to walk this path alone.
I know I’m not alone.
And friends, neither are you.
I’m working on my mental health and I hope you are too.
It’s okay if you’re struggling, but please remember this.
You are loved.
You are strong.
You are worthy.
And you matter.
You make a difference in this world just by being YOU.”
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Christina Abernethy of Love, Hope & Autism. Submit your own story here and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.
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