Last night, as usual, I was tapping away on my laptop at gone midnight, looking at the time, telling myself I must get to bed, when an email pinged into my in box. It was from Maria of Very Busy Mama fame about the linky #RealMomStyle which she hosts along with a few other style mummy bloggers. Nothing unusual in that per say, but this week, Maria wanted to let everyone know just what she has been going through lately. Something that really is very real.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my experiences of anxiety and depression. Maria replied to that post and mentioned that she had been experiencing similar. She was not the only one to get in touch, in fact, friends and other bloggers have been in touch since I wrote it, thanking me for my honesty and sharing their experiences. We are so not alone in all of this. Once you start to talk about it honestly, you realize this.
Unfortunately for Maria, it all came to a head when she was alone in San Fran last week. She ended up having some terrible panic attacks and had to go to hospital, all on her own. I really feel terrible that she is going through all of this at the moment. Maria was very brave and posted an extremely honest video of herself talking about what she is going through on her blog and I have to say I found it very hard to watch. Because I experience anxiety myself, hearing someone else describing what they are going through unfortunately is quite a trigger for me so I do have to be careful. But the thing is Maria, I couldn't not write some sort of reply to you. I know we've never met in person and only chatted on Skype once, but I feel we are friends and my heart just goes out to you. I am so glad that you are seeking help now.
Once again, anyone reading, if you are experiencing anxiety or depression, try if you can to speak up. We really are all in this together.