What’s a mom to do? (My mental health and sewing story)

I recently made a simple oversized tee from the Maker’s Atelier. I love the fabric and chose a pattern I’ve used before.

It was a fast project that I eeked out of a yard of fabric.

I love everything about this top. I mean a comfy cotton tee that goes with leggings? Perfection. Except I still look pregnant and the twins are 2+ now.

I almost cried. I spoke to my neighbor about it while the kids played. She looked me square in the eye and said,

You may not realize it, but I see that you’ve been struggling. You had to get your mental health before you can do the rest. You’ve come a long way this year. Your happier and not stressed all the time. You don’t look so tired. Now you’ll be able to get to the rest.

I cannot tell you how awesome it was to hear that. Sometimes we get so focused on our waistlines, we forget that health is a much bigger topic.

I survived a very rough year. I left teaching because one of the twins had major health issues and he needed me at home. My father was diagnosed with a terminal degenerative disease that slowly stole him from us. I struggled with depression. My personal relationships struggled as my mental and physical health tanked.

I know I was pushing forward with my sewing business before because it gave me a sense of purpose and a space to get away from the stress of my life.

I took her words to heart. I decided to step forward. That honest assessment from a straight talking woman I trust really helped me see myself differently. I cut my hair (and to be honest there was a matted section where I would wear my ponytail from forgetting to brush so often).

I’ve started doing some swimming at the YMCA. I love that they have childcare for parents and morning swims are so peaceful/relaxing. It is my “me time” just as much if not more than sewing. I can be so present in the moment when I’m swimming.

I just wanted to share my story. I know people have been talking about mental health and sewing. I think anything that allows you to be in the moment and stop thinking about the problems in your daily life is necessary. It’s not just a hobby or an exercise routine. It is something that is your time.

Now if you think there’s an after picture with a skinny me, there isn’t. I haven’t lost weight but it feels like a huge weight was lifted. It’s allowed me to put myself out there for new opportunities. I’m really looking forward to my tomorrows. That is what matters.

6 thoughts on “What’s a mom to do? (My mental health and sewing story)

    1. Sorry, accidentally hit the wrong button. But you’re definitely on the right track, Lovely! Keep on stroking in that pool and when you’ve gotten to the point you’re dying to start another bit of exercise, go for it! Just don’t feel you have to start anything right away. Give yourself time to heal. You time is healing time! Grab all you can! Many hugs!!! 😘🥰😘

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