Hi folks! I’m back and am so glad you’re here with me. 🙂
A lot’s happened in the last 2 months, so let’s get caught up on some of the highlights, shall we?:
- TV Interview: In late April I did an interview on a local TV station to discuss my experience with antenatal depression (depression that occurs during pregnancy). I was approached to do the interview and initially thought “Hell to the no…” but after some thought, I realized that it would be beneficial for others and also therapeutic for myself (plus I figured not too many people would catch the local TV interview – so pretty low-risk). If you’re interested, here’s the link to the interview: http://rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=54&sid=91 (“More” button along the right –> Keep pressing red “More” button until you see April 20, 2016 “Maternal Mental Health”): This then led to…
- Publicly Acknowledging my Depression: I didn’t quite post flyers around the neighborhood letting it be known…but I pretty much did the modern day equivalent – posting a blurb and the interview on my facebook. A bit ballsy considering it’s pretty personal, but it felt like the right thing to do at the time and it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders realizing I could embrace my experience and make it empowering instead of embarrassing. It wasn’t a popular decision with a few people, but it was the right decision for me.
- Post-Maternity Leave Confusion: I’ve been contemplating what to do after my maternity leave ever since I was pregnant. I’d get anxiety over what I should do, what would be the right/wrong decision and ruminate over the possibly disastrous outcomes. I told myself to chill out, enjoy my young family and to re-visit and figure things out 6 months into my mat leave (approximately halfway through). I’m now at 7 months. Nothing is certain at this moment (which could be taken as good or bad – bad that I don’t know what to expect, but good that it means there’s an opportunity for change).
So that’s what I’ve been up to.
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