I recently opened up about something deeply personal to me for the first time, and the outpouring of support has been incredible. I’ve seen comments on social media that have brought me to tears – people are so helpful. I want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has shared their own stories and offered support. We all go through hard times in our lives, and without saying, things happen that we never saw coming. Sometimes, for a brief moment in time, we don’t think we will survive. That is why I feel compelled to share my story and what I learned on my own journey to healing.
Less than two years ago, I went through a traumatic divorce that impacted not only me but my entire family. It spiraled me into severe anxiety – I experienced shortness of breath and an overwhelming sense of panic. I felt like I was having a heart attack at times. It was really hard for me to understand and come to grips with what was going on. My first thought was, “How can this possibly be happening to me?” I felt helpless as a parent and just wanted to be there for my child and help them through that horrible time.
I knew I needed more help than what my close family and friends could provide. I sought out mental health counseling and it saved my life. Through counseling, I learned to be brave and ground myself. I took great comfort in prayer, meditating, and my kids. Looking at their faces, I realized I had to keep pushing forward. Living a grateful and thankful life became my mantra, and I believe we all grow through hard times in our own way.
I was fortunate to have a close-knit family and friends who supported me, but not everyone has that. It’s okay to want to find yourself after something like this has happened. It’s okay to not be okay, and I wasn’t okay for a long time. But with the help of counseling and the support of loved ones, I was able to come such a long way.
I hope that by talking openly about this, it will help you and remind you that there is help out there. We all go through our own struggles, and pain is relative to each of us. It’s weird because it is still such a trigger for me, but trying so hard to be strong is essential. We all go through our own thing, and sometimes it’s easy to compare our pain to others and think it’s nothing. But pain is relative, and each person’s experience is unique.
So, remember that whatever you are going through right now, it’s okay to not be okay. You can get through it. Seek the help and support that you need and know that you are not alone. And always remember, we are all in this together.