Sara Celina, a mom and blogger from Sweden, recently shared a post to Instagram that acknowledges all the moms out there who just need a damn break. After posting a photo of herself trying — and failing — to sneak in a few minutes of peace in her bathroom, she explained that it's OK for mothers to be overwhelmed, because raising children is freakin' hard.
"To the mom who hides in the bathroom in an attempt to get a second alone, with tears running down your face — because you're all out of energy, I was her today, I've been her in the past and I will be her in the future," she wrote.
"To the mom who's feeling insecure about what shes doing, wondering when this 'phase' will end, wondering why her baby is screaming unstoppable when everyone else's baby seems like an angel, I've been her, and I'll be her again."
Having to raise active tiny human beings on essentially zero sleep isn't exactly a walk in the park for any parent. And when your energy is sapped, it's easy to break down mentally and emotionally, too.
"To the mom who would do anything to get a full nights sleep, but don't get any help, to the mom who's slowly falling apart because she's drained," she wrote.
"To the mom who's feeling stressed about not getting enough done during the day and then spends the nights stressed about not spending enough time with her kids, I'm right there with you.
"To the mom who feels alone in all this even when she's surrounded with people — remember, you're not alone in this, you're amazing and you're rocking motherhood."
When you're in the thick of raising little ones, it seems like the challenging times will last forever — and Sara knows from experience how hard it can be, as evidenced by her the photo. But, she said, the exhausting moments are fleeting in the grand scheme of things.
"Motherhood will change your life, it's scary, energy draining and lonely at times, but it will pass — this, will pass, because it's a phase in our lives and when we look back at it, it will probably be a way [too] short phase," she explained.
"But while we're in it — remember to remind yourself that you're doing a great job, even on your worst day, that you're greatly loved and that no one would do this better than YOU.
"Like in this photo, I was crying in the bathroom for all the things above, trying to go to the toilet alone, but they couldn't stay [away] for even a minute, even though I (in my head) was failing, they love me so much that they couldn't [bear] to not be with me for 1 minute, that's how amazing I am to them."
She added: "We all have bad days — we all breakdown, we're not alone in this — we are mothers, amazing mothers."