4 Signs You're a Mom PPSD (Post Pandemic Stress Disorder)Oct 12, 2022
Post Pandemic Stress Disorder is a real thing, affecting real women and mothers everyday. During the pandemic, we all felt stress, overwhelm, and anxiety to new levels. While the world may be "back to normal" some of us moms may not be.
It's okay if this is you mama because you survived a lot. So if any of these symptoms sounds familiar, I got you!
Feeling Depressed, Anxious or Stuck Since the Pandemic - But You Can't Figure Out Why
It's no secret that life since 2020 has been tough for everyone. With the pandemic still raging and no end in sight, it's understandable if you're feeling a little down lately. But if you find yourself feeling depressed, anxious or even stuck, despite there being no obvious reason, it might be worth considering whether the pandemic is to blame.
After all, we've been living in a state of constant stress and uncertainty for over two years now, and it's taking its toll on our mental health. If you're struggling to cope, don't be afraid to reach out for help. There are plenty of resources available, and you don't have to go through this alone.
Feeling Chronic or Nonstop Stress Even Though Things Are "Back to Normal"
Now that things are "back to normal," you might be surprised to find that you're still feeling stressed out all the time. You're not alone. A lot of people are struggling with chronic or nonstop stress, even though they don't have any big events or major life changes going on. There are a few possible explanations for this.
First, it's important to remember that stress is cumulative. Even if your day-to-day life isn't particularly challenging, the accumulated stresses of the past year (or years) can take a toll. Second, many of us have developed some unhealthy coping mechanisms during the pandemic, such as drinking too much alcohol or eating junk food. These habits can make it harder to manage stress in the long run. Finally, it's also possible that your perceptions have changed. After living through a global pandemic, you may perceive even small everyday stresses as being more threatening than they actually are.
Feeling Isolated or Lonely Despite The World Opening Back Up and Having Family At Home
I'm so glad that things are starting to open back up again, but even with my family at home, I sometimes feel isolated and lonely. I think it's because we're all spending so much time on our phones and computers. We're connected to the world, but not really connected to each other. It's hard to have a real conversation when you're staring at a screen.
Grieving the Loss of Your Former/Pre Pandemic Life
It's been over two years now since the pandemic started, and life as we know it has changed drastically. For many of us, that means grieving the loss of our former lives. Whether it's the loss of a job, the loss of social interactions, or the loss of a sense of normalcy, the pandemic has been hard for everyone in one way or another. And it's okay to grieve those losses. In fact, it's essential to our mental health.
Grief is a natural process that helps us to come to terms with our losses and move on with our lives. So if you're feeling down about the changes the pandemic has brought, don't be afraid to give yourself some time to grieve. It's the first step towards healing.
In conclusion, if you identify with any of the symptoms or stories above, please know that you are not alone in this mama. You have survived one of the most chaotic and unpredictable times in our history and come out on the other side. Be gentle with yourself as you continue to heal and remember that your feelings are valid. If want to hear more about mothers navigating post-pandemic life, be sure to listen to Motherhood is Political now!
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