Are you in a dark place? Divorce, death of a parent or spouse, lack of employment or other financial woes, older teens into things that are just plain challenging, something else?
Yes. I have been there. It can be tough. It can be dark. It can be lonely, especially if people really haven’t been through what you are going through.
And it will be okay. Life is beautiful and life is messy. They just go hand in hand.
Lean into it. Sometimes there are no quick fixes. It just takes time. It just takes healing.
Shelter your younger children as you see fit, but certainly teens deserve to know that life is messy, people struggle, and yes, you can come out on the other side. This is called resilience. Life is not the the perfect spot in the home that people post on social media. It is more like the picture of all the dirty dishes piled in the sink that were never posted.
Lean into each other. When darkness and depression fall, lean into family and the friends you can who are understanding and compassionate.
Take care of yourself in whatever capacity that means to you. For some, that means drawing the wagons in and becoming insulated with just immediate family and the closest of friends. For others, that means reaching out and getting help with the children, getting counseling, or getting a physical workup to help support the stress that they are experiencing. I don’t know what it looks like for you, but take care of yourself. If you feel like you are having thoughts of taking your own life, or that people would be better off without you and that you are a burden, or if you just need to talk to someone about what is going on in your life, text TALK to 741741.
Keep things simple. You may only be able to get one thing done a day. And that’s okay. This phase will not last forever and forever.
It will pass. It will be better. Sometimes life is just about hanging in and hanging on.
Blessings and love,