Take Professional Help – The ‘Un’-common Tales.
Hello everyone, we are starting a new blog series from today – The ‘Un’-common Tales of common people. And, the very first post of the series is by one of my very good friends, Richa Kaushik. I want to thank her for coming out and sharing her experience of fighting anxiety during the lockdown. Take professional help is the advice she wants to give to everyone through her story. Now, before moving on to her story, a little about this series.
My blog, www.growingwithnemit.com, completed 3 years on 17th July 2020.
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Last year, I did a month-long #BirthdayBlogTrain with a friend in which around 40 bloggers participated to write posts on the provided prompts.
And, this time, I wanted to do something different & wanted to involve my well-wishers in the celebration. So, I came up with the idea of starting a blog series for common people (non-bloggers).
I strongly believe that each one of us has a ‘voice’ that can make an impact, the ‘power’ to inspire others and the ‘experience’ that could help someone else. But not everyone has a platform to reach out to others and share their experiences with them.
And, that’s why this series, where you will get to read the tales of common people who have the power to inspire and bring the change. Yes, they are not some famous personalities who get all the limelight. They are not even bloggers who already have a good reach.
They are the people who are living an ordinary life, but they inspire me, and I am sure they will inspire you too. This series is a small token of thanks to those people who have always supported me in my journey.
If you, too, have been a part of our blog’s journey and wish to be a part of this series, you can reach out to me on Instagram. No bloggers, please!
Now, let’s read Richa’s story.
Take Professional Help Because ‘Professionals’ don’t ‘Judge.’
Life is bliss when it is surrounded by people who love and adore you. Kids were going to school, husband going to the office and me, busy with my house chores, enjoying 2hrs of ‘me-time’, chatting with friends & ex-colleagues.
With its ups and downs, highs and lows, life seemed happy!
And then one day, suddenly COVID -19…LOCKDOWN and everything was put at halt!
An unending cycle of chores started off for me. Kid and husband at home, online classes, no maid, no help, and time seemed to slip away from my hands.
You may also read her post on ‘Motherhood Struggles are Real!’
Initially, it was exciting to have everyone at home, and this family time felt precious. We planted pots, watched movies and cartoons, we played and exercised, and the n- number of recipes we cooked. But gradually, all this turned overwhelming. With no ‘me time’, kid feeling frustrated, no playdates, no friends meet, the whole world came down to zoom and WhatsApp video calls, with no physical connection.
I felt homesick and all of this took a toll on my physical and mental health.
MAY, the nightmare month, when I got triggered by every single thought of work and family, my ANXIETY was coming back, and I could sense it. I called up my psychologist and got to know that I am not alone!
She made me realize ‘not to lose yourself in chaos’.
I changed my routine and planned one day at a time, from waking up early to having good ‘me time’. I added yoga too in my routine, I wear something good every day and not just a tee and lower. And, I used my creativity to make worksheets and small artwork with my 3 yr old daughter. Her excitement kept me motivated, my husband started cooking one meal of the day, and every weekend we decided to watch a really funny movie. Slowly things changed, and by mid-June, I rediscovered my strength.
There are many like me, who don’t seek “THE RIGHT” help or remain unheard.
If someone feels the trigger, don’t just go to anyone, go to a “professional” because they are trained ‘not to judge’ – As told by Dr. Sonia Kumar (my psychologist).
Enjoy this blessing in disguise. Stay Indoors. Stay safe.
An Educator with a passion for teaching kids, a SAHM, a proud depression survivor. I love to read romance near a beach; singing is a hobby, and music is the soul. I am a traveler, love to enjoy in secrecy with some traits of humor and a lot of optimism. My favorite quote says: “This is the moment, this is the lifetime.”
Thank you, Richa, for sharing your experience of lockdown anxiety and how you fought it. These are stressful times for everyone, and I’m sure there are many others who are battling anxiety and depression. But not everyone gets the right help at the right time.
If you feel the triggers, don’t hesitate in taking professional help!
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