You Are More Than...

You are more than your mental illness, your physical illness, your financial situation, your relationship status, your job title, etc.. You are more than anything that you say you are. Whether that be a good or a bad thing! No one is just one thing. People aren’t that simple.

In regards to mental health, this means I am more than my anxiety. More than my depression. More than what my thoughts tell me that I am. In a depressive season, it’s hard to think I’m anything else besides not good enough. When I’m having an anxiety attack, it’s hard to think I’m anything else besides a failure. It’s easy to feed those kind of thoughts and use them as your identity. Believe me. Been there. Done that. Still sometimes do that 🤷🏻‍♀️.

A good trick that I’ve learned through therapy is to list all the things that I am. It can literally be anything you identify with... like your hobbies (ex: writer), your favorite food (ex: taco lover), your enneagram number & literally anything else you can think of. By listing out all the things that I am, it helps take power away from my mental illness. It helps me see beyond it. It helps me function. I suggest you try this when you’re struggling in something. Doesn‘t have to be about a mental illness either.

Recently, I have come to the realization that I am more than a mother. I’ve held on to this as my only identity for almost two years now. I only thought of myself as Charlie’s Mom. There’s nothing wrong with identifying as a mother because that role is a 24/7 365 days type of role. However, I am more than that. By more than, I don’t mean greater than in this situation. I simply mean I have other roles and identities in my life. For example, I am a wife, a daughter, a friend, a homeowner, a writer, and so much more.

A role that I’ve recently gotten back into is being a writer. A lot of times I have to remind myself that I’m a Children’s Author. I’m also a mental health blogger. I lost this consistent part of me while only seeing myself as a mom. I feel like many moms can relate to this, especially new moms. I've learned for my own sanity I need to remind myself that I am more than a mother. I need to embrace other parts of myself to be the best version of myself. Which will allow me to be an even better mother. And wife. And daughter. Etc.

Basically I’m writing this to let you all know that I’m back and I am taking on this role again. I’m sorry that I’ve been absent all this time! I’m also writing this to let you know that you are more than whatever is stressing you out or holding you back or consuming your whole life. Keep embracing and discovering the different parts of who you are because you are much more than you may think!


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Just a reminder, I'm not a medical professional! Not a therapist or doctor. My advice is based off of my own experiences being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. A lot of the tips I share are things I've learned from my therapist! 

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