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Why, so often, when a mom says she is stressed about XYZ in life, do we so often say “you are too blessed to be stressed!” Why can’t we just acknowledge that feeling overwhelmed or stressed out is a part of raising little humans? That feeling stressed or overwhelmed is not in any way negating that we know how very lucky we are to have our family!
Why do we shame for feeling the need to clean or work, telling her to just ignore it and enjoy the moments? I know for me personally, the sentiment evokes an extreme sense of guilt. Like I need not feel the things I feel, because that means that I am taking my life for granted. I am sure that I am not alone in feeling this way, either! It’s no wonder that postpartum depression is on the rise. You can enjoy the moments and still feel like you need am minute to clean your house and get your act together!
Mamas! It is absolutely okay to be blessed AND stressed at the same time! There is not one single thing wrong with feeling the pressure, and that does not mean that you love your family any less. If anything, I think it means that we love them more.
I am here to cut the guilt game. Your feelings are valid. My feelings are valid. We simply need to lay those feelings at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to lighten our burdens. Allow Him to help you make imperfect progress, day by day. Let go of feeling guilty for feeling!
And if you are someone who typically echoes the “too blessed to be stressed” sentiment, cut it out! Instead ask, “How can I help?” Or if you are not close by, “How can I pray for you?” Let’s band together, ladies! We are not alone! (Even if this quarantine makes you feel like you are!)