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Healthy Mom Series – Mind, Body & Soul

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Healthy Mind / Mental Health in Motherhood ~ February 2019

Podcast Episodes

 

 

 

Mental Health for Moms, Episode 53 – with Rachel Blackston, Robin Chapman & Shannon Owen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tackling Worry and Overwhelm, Episode 54
– with Alex Davies, Lindsey Cornett & Lisa Appelo

 

 

 

 

Essays

Confessions of a High Maintenance Mom – by Robin Chapman

“I’ve tried to be low-maintenance in as many areas as possible for as long as I can remember. It has its perks—I like being easy-to-get-along-with. It’s nice to be able to go with the flow, to be free of strong aversions. (Except scary movies. Hard pass.) But it has a shadow side, too. In the name of being low-maintenance, I’ve served others’ needs while completely ignoring my own.”

Buried Longings Brought to Light – by Shannon Owen

“As a mom of a kid with high medical needs—even as a mom of a kid without medical needs—I keep busy going and handling and helping and trying not to over-help. Gotta keep moving. I worry about the future; the past should remain past. Or so I reasoned. I had made my peace with living a life that most of my friends couldn’t understand. I had made my peace with learning there is no such thing as normal. Hard things make us strong, and after all, I had a real, live miracle to watch God develop. But part of me kept remembering the tubes—always at weird times.”

 

 

 

Helping Kids Handle Their Feelings – by Heather Kaloupek

As a mom, I want to appear strong and capable in front of my children. I would never expect my son to feel responsible for taming my emotions the way I help him to tame his. I think this is why I froze. Yet one of the most courageous things I can do is allow my children to see me manage my own feelings and not hide them in their presence.”

 

 

 

 

3 Ways Sisters Keep You Sane – by Alex Davies

“The journey of motherhood is as unique to each woman as a thumbprint or a child’s personality. At the same time, many of the experiences comprising mom life seem universal, common ground for women to bond over shared experiences that draw us into a secret club. The club of first-trimester nausea, sleepless nights mopping the flu off the floor and empty nest sadness as a youngest turns his tassel. These experiences in the trenches of motherhood forge us into sisters.”

The Spiritual Discipline of Anticipation – by Lindsey Cornett

“She threw me a lifeline I didn’t know I needed, and a new practice was born. I call it ‘the spiritual discipline of anticipation.’ You won’t find it in the table of contents of Richard Foster’s book, and I don’t think Paul mentions it in the epistles. But this simple act of noticing what I’m looking forward to has become a means of recognizing God’s gifts and cultivating joy.”

 

 

 

 

Seeking Solitude in the Midst of Motherhood – by Ashley Bartley

“I am a mom who is tired, and desperate for time by myself. I have been pregnant, miscarrying, and/or nursing babies for seven straight years without a break. Some days, I find myself in tears, just craving space. Between teaching full-time at an elementary school and my house full of little boys, I am never alone. As an introvert, I simply want an opportunity to get lost in my own head, to have a chance to process my thoughts.”

 

 

 

 

What’s Cookin’ on the Backburner? – by Jennifer Van Winkle

“‘What’s wrong?’ he asks again. I just cry. I need to be alone. I don’t want to be anything to anyone for a while. I just want to sit with myself, and not be touched. I hope with enough isolation from everything my negative emotions will fade, and I’ll return to normal. But it never works out that way. Instead of calmly going back to their corners, my emotions compound and fold inside each other, piling up and sending me into a mental fog. I become disoriented and overwhelmed, unable to articulate what I’m feeling at all and shut down.”

Mothering While Broken – by Jennifer Holmes

“I had told my children about my diagnosis right away. They know I see a counselor every Thursday after I drop them off at school. I try to make it normal and let them know that I’m taking care of it. But still, I worry. Do they find it hard to have a mom with mental health issues? Do they resent me? Are they embarrassed? Over months of wrestling with these questions, I realized that every mom worries about the same thing. Whether its mental health, or physical health, or jobs, or time, or even personality. We all worry that we’re not doing the best by our children.”

 

 

 

Mental Space for Moms – by Emily Sue Allen

“Motherhood involves an unusually heavy mental load, between the daily details and the often-plucked heartstrings that keep me worried about one thing or another. I often imagine what can go wrong, and work out potential solutions or strategic moves so I can avoid a family-wide meltdown. I think this is precisely why many mothers describe some kind of longing to work, to find a creative outlet or some other way to build in any habit that might afford them a minuscule amount of mental space from the constant demands of motherhood.”

 

 

 

Self-Care Measures for Adoptive Mamas – by Gina LaPapa

“I had no idea how much more important self-care would become when our youngest son arrived via adoption. Taking care of my needs now as an adoptive mama looks different. In our family, our stresses are great, the level of care is high, and the attention and needs stretch us thin. Often, our days are still tag team style since our son’s needs soak up a lot of energy.”

Grief, Donuts, and Resurrection – by Rachel Blackston

“Whether honoring your sadness over the end of the baby stage, voicing your longing for pre-child adult freedoms, or acknowledging the loneliness you feel in your marriage, feeling our emotions can be treacherous, but it moves us to live more deeply from our heart’s desires. As a mental health counselor, I know the importance of acknowledging and caring for emotions that reside under the surface. And yet, it’s still hard for me to name them for myself and not turn to self-sufficiency or numbness.”

 

Coming soon – March’s Topic: Healthy Body!