Take a bow, mom. Show’s over. The only thing more exhausting than being overwhelmed, stressed, and depressed, is pretending you’re not. It takes a lot more effort to keep up with your story than it does to actually tell the truth. You’d be surprised how many people will come to your aid- a friend, family member, spouse, another mom. Build your support system and unload some of that stress on anyone willing to help you carry it. I know at times when I’m stressed, the last thing I want is company, so I limit myself. What is it that I am stressing about? Who can relate to this the most? For example, if you are stressing over not having enough time with your partner because you always have the kids around, talk to your partner about it. Let him or her know how you are feeling, and allow them to brainstorm with you on how you can spend more time together. Perhaps leaving the kids with grandma is an option. Consider a friend you often have playdates with, and then you can return the favor at a later time. Don’t allow yourself to carry the weight on your shoulders alone; building the right support team works wonders! Don’t forget- you also have the Corpus Christi Maternal Mental Health Coalition support group meetings as an option!