HIE mom Becky Kerrins shares her story of how she embarked on her latest journey, Healing in Motion, and what it means to see other parents joining her.
I got the idea for healing in motion one day while in kickboxing.
I was thinking: how can I make my workouts more meaningful and keep myself motivated?
I have been struggling with anger, depression and anxiety for 5+ years.
I found kickboxing and realized how good it made me feel to take that hour for myself and focus on healing my heart.
It just made sense, and I was at a place in my journey that I was ready to let some of my negative feelings go and help myself be a better Becky.
I sometimes use events from the NICU to focus on specifically, like the first day I held Drew was day 17. So on day 17 of kickboxing, I reflected on that.
Some days it's current events or struggles, like being overwhelmed with therapy, doctors appointments, or Drew being sick.
Some days I focus on others, my daughter Kaycie, my husband Sean or fellow HIE moms and kiddos.
Aside from physically feeling stronger and healthier, I feel calmer, less anxious, happier and stronger. It has truly helped start healing my heart.
As other moms started joining me and taking a leap to heal their own hearts, that just was more motivating that made me feel like I can actually help others just by encouraging them.
There is a sweet accountability factor in putting my journey out in cyber space for the world to see. I want to continue to help others start this journey.
If anyone is considering embarking on their own journey my advice is: be easy on yourself, do something you love, think about what you used to enjoy, feel the feels, share what you feel comfortable with.
There are no rules. This is just a journey in healing and self care.