Pamela, I'm sorry for your year, even not knowing the details. I appreciated the struggle part of the podcast as well: A lot more awful things happen to people than they talk about publicly. Sometimes they can't if they wanted to, because it would compromise someone else's privacy. So you shouldn't feel the need to pretend everything's fine or feel down on yourself because you have to take care of basic needs instead of charging ahead in your work. Do what you need to do to process your exhaustion bit by bit, because that's what will help you get going again in the long run.
I also see that you have 5 kids, which of course means you get interrupted all the time even when things are going well! Life really does come in stages, and there were long periods during the kid stages in which I didn't do a whole lot of drawing, if any. Maybe it's not fair to think that women are usually the ones who do most of the child/home care, but it's still reality for a lot of people, and taking care of a family is important work.
Now, specifically about drawing: While there are times when emotional priorities make drawing hard to impossible, it is also true that the steadiness of drawing can help settle emotions. Don't put pressure on yourself, but just do the drawing you think you can do that day (if at all), with as much regularity as you can. For instance, if you don't have the concentration for a big brainstorming/thumbnailing session, do something you think you can do, even if it's just doodles and exercises to keep in shape. Doing the curriculum might help, but that also depends on what your artistic needs are. Your work should push you so that you feel you are learning, but gently. You might want to do an evaluation of where you are artistically at the moment and what your needs are and what you think you can realistically do. Then do it, even if only for a short time each day to build the habit. Small steps do accumulate, and you'll know when you're ready for more challenge.
One thing I've heard people say that was helpful to me is, don't compare yourself to others, but to where you were last year (or two years ago, etc.). This may not be helpful to you now if you could work before and have had to take a break, but it might be helpful a year form now if you start rebuilding your drawing habit slowly. It might not feel like you're doing much day by day, but when you look back, you see that you did indeed make progress, and that can be just the thing to keep you from a counterproductive level of frustration.
Also, don't succumb to the pressure to post regularly to Instagram if you're not ready. (It sounds like you've already figured this out!) The comparison monster is always out there and will try to short circuit your brain! Just do what brings you satisfaction at the end of the day, knowing that maybe you will enter into a more productive stage later in life.
I have been through some very difficult years during the past decade, which I can't talk much for the sake of others' privacy. In fact, I started drawing again a few years ago explicitly to regain some sense of steadiness and control. I hope that one day I can be a professional, but if I don't get there, so be it. I would never choose to go through the same situations again, but when I look back, I also see the beauty, consolation, and emotional growth that have come out of them.
I hope that you can find a routine that is helpful for you, and remember, a lot of people do understand! Thanks for being brave enough to bring up this subject and remind us all that there are a lot of different situations on the other side of our screens.