Mom's Post About Anxiety Reminds Us That Though Life Can Be Messy, It's Still Beautiful

"You are not broken."

"Today has been a rough day. I've been feeling well lately, taking care of myself, and been relatively calm. But today anxiety won," one mom writes on Facebook. 

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports. They affect 40 million adults in the United States. 


Among those with anxiety is mom Kristen Hewitt, a part-time television reporter with two daughters, ages 5 and 8. Earlier this summer, Hewitt went viral when she addressed the pressures parents feel to make plans for their families in the summertime. In that post, Hewitt acknowledged that it's OK to be tired, and so rather than creating busy schedules, she and her family would just live in the moment. 

Now, Hewitt's addressing another important topic: anxiety, and the difficulties that come with it. 

"Today anxiety told me I couldn't leave my kids to go on vacation with my husband because the plane might crash. Today anxiety brought me to my knees in tears that wouldn't stop for hours. Today anxiety had me hiding in my room, afraid for my kids to see me so upset. Today anxiety made me believe I wasn't good enough."

Hewitt adds that she's suffered from a traumatic birth experience, PTSD, perimenopause, and postpartum anxiety disorder, but she's never felt comfortable talking about it.

"I was afraid people would know I'm broken," she writes. "But I'm not, just a little banged up."

Now, she wants women to talk about the changes they undergo after having kids. Whether it be anxiety, depression, or beyond, she encourages people to get the help they need to heal.

According to HuffPost, Hewitt has been dealing with mental health struggles since the birth of her daughter eight years ago. Since then, she's seen a therapist, tried medication, and is now opting for natural treatments. 

"It all works pretty well, but sometimes I need more help, so then I reach out and see someone," Hewitt says, adding later that there is no shame in asking for help. 

In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that though anxiety disorders are highly treatable, just one-third of those suffering get the treatment they need. 

Finally, Hewitt concludes her Facebook post with the reminder that life is hard — but it's still beautiful. 

"My hope in sharing this is to let anyone who may suffer from depression or anxiety, or some other illness know - you are not alone. You are not broken. You are LOVE.

And so am I."

Since sharing her post on social media, others have added their positive comments to Hewitt's feed, thanking her for sharing her experiences.

"I think you're my new best friend. I know EXACTLY what you're going through! It's hard and even harder when you know you're being judged," one person writes. 

"Thank you for sharing. We need to be real to each other in order to survive," another adds. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America for additional resources. 


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