Tori Spelling's Hospital Stay Became Every Mom's Worst Nightmare Come True

tori spelling instagramIf you've followed Tori Spelling's reality shows, you've noticed over the years that, like many of us, the famous "supermom" of four leads a supremely stressful life. And lately, it has become more and more apparent just how much of a toll that stress is taking on her well-being. In fact, Tori confessed on The Dr. Oz Show yesterday that she feels like last month's well-publicized hospital stay was her "rock bottom."

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Though the official reason she was hospitalized was pneumonia and severe bronchitis, she admitted to Dr. Oz that there was more to it than that:

I don't deal with stress well. Before the show, before True Tori ... Anytime I would have emotional stress, for years, my whole life, I would just repress [it] and keep going and keep going and no one knew, really. And it would just start coming out. I would be sick all the time, sinus, migraines, everything. I don't want to keep going on like that. I'm at that place where I don't like the way my kids see me. I don't like them seeing me as sick.

She went on to explain why the kids' reaction to her hospital stay was so devastating:

After being in the hospital for two weeks, being away from my kids, that was my rock bottom. Because they weren't even fazed by me being in the hospital. They're used to it. And I don't want them to grow up thinking, 'Mom's sick.' I need to change. I need to prioritize me, and my problem is I put everyone before me.

Eek! That's pretty much every mom's worst nightmare that your kids expect you to be in the hospital all the time. That they accept as status quo that you're unwell. Because of course that has to make them feel nervous. As women and as moms, we want to be at the TOP of our games for our loved ones, in great part because we want them to feel loved -- in other words, secure.

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But as much as we want to do for others and as knee-jerk as it may be for us to put others' needs before our own, doing that more often than not makes us extremely susceptible to falling ill. And really, what good are we to ANYONE if we're completely burned out and sick?

What a wake-up call this must have truly been for Tori. Thank goodness it sounds like she's gotten the message and is learning to take better care of herself and work on stress management. Here's hoping her story will inspire the rest of us to do the same!

When was the last time stress made you sick? How do you prioritize your own needs?

 

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