♥ I will listen to my body and my good instincts to determine whether I need help or not.
♥ I will be prudent when listening to the well-intended but sometimes misled suggestions from others.
♥ I will spend less time on the Internet, on my phone, on social media media, and any other place or temptation that increases my anxiety when I compare myself to others or expose myself to misguided information.
♥ I will surround myself with people and things that make me feel cared for.
♥ If I tell my healthcare provider that I do not like the way I am feeling, and I feel dismissed or unheard, I will find another way to express myself and if that does not work, I will find another healthcare provider who will take my concerns seriously.
♥ I understand having symptoms does not interfere with my ability to be a good mother.
♥ I can accept that good mothers get sick.
♥ I will not surrender to the pressure from others or from myself to pretend I am okay if I am worried about the way I am feeling or thinking.
♥ I will not let feelings of shame, embarrassment, awkwardness, humiliation, or nervousness stop me from getting the help I think I need.
♥ I understand that asking for help is something that comes from strength, not weakness.
♥ I will not blame, berate, or punish myself for being sick during a time I hoped I would feel wonderful.
♥ I will do my best to take care of myself with self-compassion and kindness.
♥ I will remember that I will not always feel this way. I will feel like myself again.
♥ I will be patient. I will be hopeful. I will believe in my ability to heal.
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