This story was contributed by psychologist and contributor Reon Baird-Feldman, PhD.
#MoreThanEnough is a message of hope campaigned by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, but we want to make it a mantra for Moms all year long. Its intention is to remind us that we are worthy of value and fulfillment. As mothers we often juggle guilt, anxiety, lack of sleep, deferred dreams, and feelings of inadequacy and/or self doubt. The societal and self-induced expectations we carry impact our work, relationships, child(ren), self-care and our ability to feel whole.
Let’s shed the pressures placed on us and define motherhood in our own terms.
I challenge every mother to find a moment every day for the rest of this month to remember that you are #morethanenough.
If you are a single mom, you are #morethanenough
If you are a working mom, you are #morethanenough
If you are a divorced mom, you are #morethanenough
If you are a stay-at-home mom, you are #morethanenough
If you are battling an illness, you are #morethanenough
No matter your background, race, socioeconomic status, education, ability; you show up, authentically, and that is #morethanenough.
Dr. Reon has a private practice, 2nd City Psychological Consulting Services, PLLC, where she provides psychological services. She partners with Alma to provide easability for those wishing to seek services.