107: Surviving Depression in Motherhood // Sarah McKenna

My older sister, Sarah McKenna, has battled depression and bipolar disorder from a young age, and she has helped me and countless others in our own mental health journeys by being open about hers. I have never known anyone as brave and tenacious as Sarah, and I’m honored to have her as a guest on the podcast this week; and listen to what she has to share on surviving depression in motherhood.

While the subject of mental illness is heavy and sometimes hard to want to talk about, it is so necessary. I am grateful it is my sister who gets to address this tough topic with me!

In this discussion, we aim to build awareness for moms who may wonder if they are struggling with depression, as well as to provide hope for moms who know they are in the midst of it and crave to be understood.

Sarah offers three takeaways for basic coping skills and self-care while dealing with depression, and she is sure to acknowledge that while these tools sound simple, they are certainly not easy (especially when you are struggling to simply get through the day!)

3 Takeaways on Surviving Depression in Motherhood

  1. Eat: Have easy-to-grab and nourishing foods on hand for when preparing food feels like an impossible task.
  2. Sleep: Pay attention to too much/too little sleep and aim for a regular sleep schedule.
  3. Move: Keep it simple. A walk or gentle yoga totally counts!

Be sure to join us for part two in this series next week, where we will be discussing medication, therapy, and some of the darkest moments of our journeys. Wherever you or a loved one is at in the mental health journey, please know that there is hope!!


Show Notes:

Sarah’s Instagram: @bombshellbling

Sarah’s website: Bombshell Bling

For more on this topic, listen to my newguest interview on The Virtual Couch with Tony Overbay.

Episode 33: How to Get Your Kids to do Quiet Time


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What were your takeaways from this episode on Surviving Depression in Motherhood? Let me know in a comment below!