It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything on bipolarmums.com but I’m happy to tell you that I’m finally back.
A few of you have been asking why I stopped writing. It wasn’t a conscious decision, just a few things got in the way and before I knew it months had passed.
The first reason was, I lost my nerve.
After years of being unashamed to speak about my Bipolar diagnosis in public – even on national TV, I suddenly became nervous about sharing so openly.
The fact that my children are now a little older (7, 9 and 11) added to this. As did the fact that I started a new job and wanted my colleagues to know me well first, before they found out I have Bipolar.
I also went through a few really rough periods of anxiety and depression – triggered by stress in my previous job. You might have been through this yourself, and if so, you’ll know that it’s a struggle to get through daily life – let alone help support others.
But life has settled down now, and I’ve decided to start writing again.
My children love me and are more interested in games on the iPAD than reading my blog. I work for an organisation that helps people with disabilities and mental illness in developing countries – so if any workplace should understand it’s them. And I’m feeling well and able to give back to others again.
Look out for more articles about balancing Bipolar and Motherhood in the months ahead.
And make sure you join our new Bipolar Mums Facebook group (you need to apply to join as it’s a closed group so our comments stay private). The Facebook page is a great way to share what’s going on with others – and to support each other through tough times.