A support page for peeps living with Bipolar Disorder, Brain fog, Anxiety & Depression by a Melbourne gal who has been battling these demons for 40 years. The more we talk about our "invisible" struggles, the more the stigmas will lift. They have to…………….. don't they? PLEASE SHARE MY BLOG, ADD YOUR COMMENTS & TELL US YOUR STORY..
My family is a blended one in every sense of the word. We’re a mixture of blood-siblings and step-siblings; of kids with an interstate father and a child with 50:50 shared custody. I’m from divorced Australian parents. My partner is from a single parent family in a different country. Between us we have 3 kids, 5 pets and an extremely hectic lifestyle. We fucking love it….. most of the time.
At the moment though, notsomuch.
I’m having a tough time with parenthood at the moment. Of course, most other parents would have similar problems. Not enough time. Not enough money. Not enough fun. Any parent will tell you that kids are all-consuming. They are whirlwinds of emotion; of arguments and tantrums; of neediness and selfishness. They’re time-wasters and time-sappers. They have the fun and the energy that we seem to lack. They take everything good from us. But on the flipside they also give back in ways that the childless may never understand. They teach us unconditional love, empathy, compassion and self-sacrifice. They teach us that to love another more than ourselves is the ultimate life lesson.
But what does that mean to a parent with a mental illness? What does that mean to someone who needs to put their own mind first just to survive the day-to-day slog?
How do you support your kids’ emotional well-being when your own mind is in tatters? How do you keep up with housework when you just want to sit in the corner and read? When the washing piles up, how do you ignore the little voice inside that says chores = punishment? What about work – how do you keep on top of that too? How do you look after yourself and your mind when not doing what is expected is letting everyone else down? How do you balance it?
What keeps YOU going? How do you look after your loved ones without compromising your own needs?
Comments please guys… I’m sure every parent on here could do with a few tips!