One of my first maternal mental health patient's I had during my training at George Washington University was struggling and couldn't really put language to it. She had a history of an eating disorder and depression and had come to see me as a way to prevent that stuff from happening postpartum. She was really on the ball.
It took her some time, but after a few months of working with her she was finally able to articulate how she was feeling. She said, "Dr. Reinold, I think motherhood is just really utilitarian and I think I just don't have fun anymore."
That word she said really stuck with me, and I think a lot of women will be able to relate. I think we often make it our life's purpose to please people and to live for someone outside of ourselves...and it becomes really present as a mom. We are so busy caring for everyone else, that we lose that deep seeded joy. If you have read my book, Let Your Heart Out, you'll know that I equate this deep rooted joy to "heart".
So I want to chat...
What do you have in your life to look forward to in your life right now?
More times than not, food becomes our only source of pleasure. I get it...your busy, food is always there and it's a quick hit of joy. There is nothing inherently wrong with food bringing you joy, but if it has become the only thing you look forward to during your day then my friend, you are missing out on the joys and pleasures of life.
Join me on It's Not About the Food as I dive into pleasure and why it's important to reconnect with yourself every single day as a wife, as a mother, and most importantly, as a human being.