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Topic: Sinking ship

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  1. Justkeepswimmingfornow
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    1 posts
    10 April 2020
    Hello! I've just joined beyond blue during this super challenging pandemic. In the past I've spoken to my GP and a psych about ongoing frustrations and low level anxiety (and increased blood pressure!) But thus far it hasnt required additional therapies or medication.

    I have 2 kids of my own and my husband also has 2 kids. He and his kids are autistic to varying levels.

    I work part time, have chronic illness, a tempestuous relationship with my narcissist ex husband and my dad is very unwell.

    I've had a very gentle and privileged upbringing; gentle, kind parents, supportive siblings, no major trauma, always food on the table and clothes on our backs.

    Life these days though.... Seems to be getting harder. Not because I'm in any danger or anything terrible is happening; I am safe and loved.

    The majority of it seems to be that I am responsible for the wellbeing of not only my two kids, but my husband's kids and mine.

    It is A LOT. I love them all dearly, but I'm so, so tired of coming last and having to steer a 6 person ship.
  2. Aaronsis
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    2459 posts
    11 April 2020 in reply to Justkeepswimmingfornow

    Hello Justkeepswiimingfornow

    Welcome to the forum and for sharing how you are feeling, I think your username is really a great summary of how things are for you right now. I am so proud of you for reaching out and getting some support here and for doing just that..keeping on swimming.

    We are going through some really interesting times and unlike anything we have actually had to experience before, and hopefully do not have to experience again. We are not used to being so isolated and it is so much extra pressure not to only keep ourselves in high spirits but our children too, and ensure they are not emotionally scared from this time. You have the extra pressure of also ensuring your step children are ok too, that is ALOT, as you said.

    I am hoping that your husband is helping you with this load and providing you with support? If not he may need some direction from you as to what you need at this time, do you think a conversation with him to let him know how you are feeling, that he actually has a role to in providing emotional support to all the family and you really need him to step up more that usual at this time? He may not know how or what you need at this time or that you are infact struggling, so a chat might just bring his awareness to this.

    I think it is also a good time to delegate some jobs around the house to the kids, things that they may not have done before, like taking it in turns to cook the family meal, it engages them, it makes them feel valued and if it flops..who cares..but if it doesn't awesome and they will feel so very proud. Also some other jobs like vacuuming or mopping, to also give you a hand around the house, once again it may not be to your standard but it will keep them busy and encourage them to contribute.

    I am so glad you do have the support of your GP and maybe a call to check in with him/her next week if you feel like you need to chat and just get a check to see you are ok and if you do need some extra support.

    I hope that you are feeling supported here and I hope to chat to you some more.

    Huge hugs

    Sarah xx

  3. Helen72
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    65 posts
    12 April 2020 in reply to Justkeepswimmingfornow

    Hi justkeepswimmingfornow,

    Like Sarah, said try and spread the load a bit. When you're dealing with ASD people, be specific about what you want them to do. They might not realise you're feeling rather overloaded.

    I'm familiar with the trials of dealing with a narcissist - and particularly now it's another load. All I can suggest is you stick to the boundaries you had before and where you can use govt restrictions for your benefit ;-)

    Helen

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