June's Retreat Gently Does It is all about taking a step back and adopting a more gently approach to life and getting things done.
What comes to mind when you think of living more gently?
Perhaps open skies, quiet, nature, maybe some yoga, meditation and general calm.
What probably doesn’t come to mind is a long commute, a crying baby, long sleepless nights, an argument and anxiety.
And which type of living would you prefer? Probably the first, right? But how possible does it feel?
I hear you.
So what if we could find some calm, a sense of balance or peace even in the latter scenario?
Last week marked Maternal Mental Health Awareness week which saw so many fantastic social media campaigns such as Shoulty Selfie by Mummylinks, There for Her by The No Filter Mum, Depression Wears Lipstick by Lobella Loves and What I'd Give A New Mum by Amy Ransom. Of all of the campaigns, What I'd Give A New Mum resonated with me the most. This was because as a Mum of older chidlren there were things I didn't have, that would have made such a difference to the transition of becoming a first or even second time mum. This campaign really got me thinking about what I would give a new Mum and there are 3 things.
Support, we all need it even when we don't realise it. But there's one time in our lives that we need it most as women and that's as we become mothers for the first, second, third or any time. I've been fortunate to have the support of my Mum and Mother In Law to get me through for the first few months after the birth of both children, but so many women have no support and find the first few weeks and months difficult. Well help is out there in the form of Doulas.
What's a doula I hear you ask? Well that's a very good question. A Doula is someone who provides mothers with support during or after birth and also provide support to the mother's family. Yes, they exist! I'm of the opinion that all mothers should have one to get them through the first few days and even months of the birth of a baby.
Today's Mama who's sharing her Mama Power - Support is Sarah Tessier who's a doula and who so kindly educated me on exactly what a doula is and why new mums need them. Sarah shares her story of what led her to become a Doula and her passion to support other mothers early in their journey.
It's International Women's day and today is a celebration of not just who we are as women but also all that we've achieved. We recently celebrated 100 years since women were able to vote in the UK and as I look around there's so much to celebrate in terms of the movements taking place across the UK and the globe, around women's rights. These movements wouldn't begin without the courage and passion of the women who stand up and speak. Speak about their experiences, speak about injustices and speak about their visions for the future.
Today's Mama, Joeli Brearly founder of Pregnant Then Screwed shares her journey of motherhood and the story behind why she used her voice to raise awareness of the pregnancy and maternity discrimination taking place in workplace.
How is it that some of us spend time talking to plant to make sure that they thrive, yet we ignore the people around us? The journey into motherhood isn't easy and it can be extremely lonely.
It can be tough being a Mum with a young child, I remember it well. Your little one is like your shadow, they're everywhere you turn. They're still finding their feet literally, and you're their world. It's a full on, never ending, full time (with overtime) job.