“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive”
As May approaches I am reminded of new beginnings. Tulips and daffodils have sprung up through the ground. The dogwoods are blooming and the grass has turned a resiliently lush deep green.
It strikes me that it’s no coincidence Mother’s Day is celebrated at this time of year. Not just for the beauty in nature, but for the more powerful concepts of nurturing, nourishment and thriving following a harsh, cold winter.
Collectively and as individuals we have been through so much. So much upheaval, uncertainty, chaos, and loss. I have heard the stories of so many mothers who have struggled through this past year. Struggled through fear, isolation, loneliness, frustration, and a sense of helplessness. I would like to honor and validate what mothers have been through. And to remind all mothers that they are our most valuable resource. And we need time, space and opportunity for healing and regeneration.
I would like to believe that we have a new beginning now to rebuild. To learn, to activate, to strengthen, to change. To use what we have learned and apply it to our own growth and adaptation. To continue to cultivate our family systems, to honor the needs of ourselves as individuals, to create safe space for growth. To celebrate our diversity.
May is also mental health awareness month. Because we all struggle, it is essential that we break down stigma and continue to bring to light awareness that we can access help. We do not need to struggle alone. We can recognize that a year of loss has led to increased depression and anxiety. This is prominent, and it is not unusual given the changes we have endured. Let our natural world be a reminder that change is possible, growth and regeneration are what happens after a long winter.
Connect to others.
Care for and honor the self.
Ask for help.
Suzanne Devoti, LCSW
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About The Author
Suzanne Devoti, LCSW Hello! I am the Clinical Director and therapist at Olive Branch Therapy Group. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and have been in practice since 2003.