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.
Becoming a Mum not only takes a physical toll on our bodies but so often our confidence. How many times have we considered trying something new after the birth of a baby only to talk ourselves out of it because it's just another thing to do and another unknown. Well many of us undertake amazing things after becoming Mums which includes getting out there and meeting other Mums. Part of getting out there is overcoming potential anxity around meeting new people as well as co-ordnating childcare to make it happen. Today's Mama, Sarah Donaghey Sarah Donaghey decided to solve this problem for Mums starting and running businesses in London by creating a child friendly newtworking event - London Mums where Mums. Sarah is flying the flag for her Mama Power of Networking. Find out more about Sarah's story and experience of motherhood and business.
It's the first day of March and Spring is somewhere on the horizon, although right now it's hard to believe. It's also the month that we celebrate Mother's Day. I've decided that it's time to claim March to be the month of Mums. Yes, a whole month to celebrate Mums. We're to be loved and appreciated life not just for Mother's day. So why not start with ourselves from one mother to another. In the true spirit of Motherhood there's enough love to go around and I think it's only right that we celebrate our greatness and power.
It's time to celebrate the power of mothers to be gentle yet tough. To give love whilst roughing it and going without. To gift kindness often lacking in our own self kindness. To give our hearts, bodies, minds and attention to our children at the cost of our own. Building our children up, often whilst trying to rebuild ourselves at the same time. We are powerful yet it's so easy for us to forget as we're become by daily life.
Join our amazing mothers as they share their journeys of motherhood and the power they've found as a result.
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.