Self-care for Mums – a necessity, not a luxury.
Over the past few years I have become incredibly passionate about self-care for mums. Mums getting the opportunity to have some time to look after their health and wellbeing. I realised that ‘self-care’ didn’t have to mean an expensive spa day or a weekend break (which I couldn’t afford). It could just mean having 20 mins to yourself to do nothing at all. It could mean going for a run to give yourself some headspace. It could mean taking the dog for a walk. It could mean dancing in the kitchen to Whitney Houston or it could mean curling up and reading a book.
I feel so passionate about self-care for mums because I realised, far too late, that in the early days of being a mum I didn’t get any of it. My ex worked awful hours and, when he was at home, I wasn’t offered it and didn’t ask for it. I didn’t ask for time to myself because then it felt like I would’ve failed at this whole parenting lark. I’m pretty sure not asking for help or insisting I had some time to myself was a big factor in my post-natal depression/anxiety. Learning that I AM a priority has also been a major part on my road to recovery from my recent anxiety and panic attacks.
It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ thing
Whatever ‘self-care’ means to each individual it needs to be high up on every mum’s list. I am trying to practice what I preach. So when I saw The Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums on Instagram I had to go and investigate further.
Emma, the mum who launched this gorgeous piece of reading, launched her business just 4 weeks after having her little girl. At 4 weeks after having my daughter I was a mess in leggings and baggy tops and had not yet left the house for more than 15 minutes. Because if she wasn’t constantly attached to my very sore boobs, then she was poohing or being sick, so Emma is already a superwoman in my eyes! She did, however struggle with the transition into motherhood and, because of this decided to publish The Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums.
This mini magazine is a fantastic collaboration between Emma, other small business owners, bloggers, writers and illustrators and gives out a lovely warm feeling when reading it. It is all about motherhood, and how we can look after ourselves whilst also having to look after babies, partners, cats, dogs, elderly parents and all the rest of the drains on our limited energy.
The articles are perfectly sized to read with a cup of tea and biscuit. There are lots of inspiring stories to give you a little pick you up to get you through the rest of the day. Pre-orders for issue 3 are now open AND the lovely Emma has given my readers 15% off any order until the end of May by using the code THEPERFECTJUGGLER, so head on over to her website and order your issue now!
Disclosure: I was gifted this the Positive Wellbeing Zine for Mums by Isabella & Us in exchange for this blog post.