Episode 46: Anxiety + Postpartum Health with Ashley Major
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” - Fred Rogers
Reducing stigma is difficult, and progress can be hard to measure when it comes to working on your mental health. However, this doesn’t mean we should not acknowledge the importance of taking care of our mind as it connects so deeply to our body and spirit.
Today I am sitting down with my closest friend, Ashley Major. Ashley has an amazing way of holding space for others and has this incredible ability to connect with people on a deep level.
With this superpower comes a lot of heaviness too. She takes on others' emotions and feels them so strongly they can become overwhelming to her. The troubles of the world sometimes weigh heavily on her mind.
After years of experiencing this, she has identified that this all comes down to mental health. So, in this episode, she is going to get very candid about her mental health journey with anxiety and depression, especially as she has entered a new beautiful phase in life: being a Mother.
This is her first time really coming out and speaking on the subject but she believes that sharing her story and experience with mental health and illness is an important way to raise awareness and reduce the stigma.
If she can help one person feel less ashamed about honouring their needs, that is enough to make this worth talking about.
I want to again thank her for being so open and vulnerable.