Feedback Friday: “I want to be in community” | The Daily Vulnerable

Thought to share one of the most powerful feedback we received from this community.

In response to: Take care of your mind

Thank you for sharing. I also danced with depression for some weeks now after having a baby, all the stress that came with delivery, taking care of the baby, and being told that I was showing symptoms of adult-onset asthma.

As I examined why I was spiraling, I realized I took my mind for granted. I love solitude too and live in my head a lot but it was too much this past few months, being in a lockdown, being pregnant, and having to be even more careful about going out.

My spirit kept telling me I needed some kind of release – towards the end of my pregnancy, I kept telling my husband I wanted to attend church at least once a month but he was like safety first. I could have done some other things but I just brushed it aside. I also learnt a harsh lesson about how I’m not Superman and I need people. I planned the post-delivery stage around me and my husband basically handling things ourselves. I thought a one or two weeks visit from relatives who could come would be fine (I even thought I didn’t want too much disturbance (lol!)) but now I see I should have asked for more help even if people were saying they were busy. We should have placed more demands on the relationships in our lives. I needed it. I should have been more humble…

What you shared resonated so much. I won’t try to be superwoman; I don’t want to be superwoman.

I want to be happy, loved, and at peace. I want to be in community even as I enjoy the solitude I love so much.

I am grateful for my relationship with God, for my husband and baby, for family and friends, for life….

Blessings. May God be with you always.
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