Fear can put a whole image in our brain that is sometimes just not true. - Britt Piper
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Do I have postpartum depression?” “Could I have anxiety?” you’re not alone. Navigating through the sea of mental health issues can feel very isolating. If you have ever grappled with anxiety or depression, you know the emotional toll it can take on you. Developing postpartum mental health issues isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Unfortunately, having mental health issues has a negative stigma wrapped around it that prevents women from asking questions or seeking advice when they really need it.
Today’s episode is all about breaking the stigma of mental health issues being negative. We chat with my friend Brittany Piper who is an international activist, speaker and healing + wellness coach—cultivating 300+ programs spanning 9 years and 3 continents. Her work has been recognized by The U.S. Army, The Clinton Foundation, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily + more. She is a rape survivor and leading national expert and advocate on sexual violence prevention and recovery—speaking to tens of thousands of students, detectives, employees, inmates and military members each year. She is also the founder and creator of The Functional Breakthrough Method—a 1-on-1 coaching and healing program that supports survivors of trauma. Additionally, she is a social justice photographer for women’s organizations in conflict countries.
Quotes I loved:
Motherhood is beautiful and hard. Those two things coexist and I think it’s really important to talk about.
When we experience any trauma, we get stuck because our mind and our body still think the threat is present.
We have to get to a grounded state where we lead our body back to rest and recovery.
The only way to get back to a place of grounding and to feel safe is to go through it.
Fear can put a whole image in our brain that is sometimes just not true.
Our nervous system is only an on/off switch-there is no dimmer. When you turn off all the bad stuff, you turn off all the good stuff too. You can’t pick and choose what emotions you want to feel without feeling the others.
In this conversation, we covered:
Trauma from childbirth and the mental toll that can leave
The feeling of living in a state of survival as we navigate living in a pandemic
Mental Health being a symptom of emotional trauma
How our body is so intertwined with our mental health issues
The sensory overload women face during postpartum
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