The American medical dictionary defines illness as:
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
Secondly, while some moms can recover their brain function over time, many moms find they have a hard time with mental focus and memory after having kids. There are a finite number of things that the brain can focus on at once, and when we begin multi-tasking work, paying the bills, cooking dinner, thinking about a friend, and nurturing a screaming toddler, our brain can go into overload. When the priority is your baby or kid, lots of other things become forgotten or fuzzy.
Finally, it's not a joke that hormones surge during pregnancy and often have a hard time re-balancing once we hit our groove in motherhood. The most common hormonal imbalances that can linger and wreak havoc on energy and metabolism are Estrogen Dominance, Hypothryroidism, and Adrenal Fatigue. All of these hormone imbalances can lead to depression, anxiety, and once again...fatigue!
So here me now. If you are a mom or your know a mom...no matter how old her children may be, if she is still battling fatigue, erratic emotions, and hormone hell, it is time to give her some grace and gently suggest that it is OK for her to get help and take time to heal! One of the biggest ways to elevate mood is with consistent movement. Sunshine, sleep, and support can also go a long way, so reach out and get the help you need to start feeling more like you again.