2. Know who you are, and what makes YOU happy. Be and do that.
3. When you take care of yourself, you will do a much better job taking care of your family. (The old "put the oxygen mask on yourself, before helping someone else" bit.)
The number one problem with depression, for me anyway, is this: It creates a mind and feelings (lots of guilty ones) that tell you, "You do not deserve the things listed above. You are not worthy of treating yourself so lovingly."
Mind or Brain F___. That's what Anne Lamott calls it.
And it sucks.
It's why I had to see my therapist this morning and be reminded of the truth. The advice and care I give to other Moms is good advice. Even I deserve to follow it.