In motherhood, it often seems that we’re only supposed to discuss the gratitude and gummy smiles. We fear that admitting the other stuff, the messy stuff, risks judgment and horror and questions about our ability to cope. Creative writing may seem an odd, perhaps even indulgent, suggestion in a situation where the last thing you feel or have an interest in is creativity.
I was first introduced to the idea of a mental health (or “wellness” or “recovery”) toolbox by a counsellor. “Think of it like this: if something needs a quick fix in your house, you’ll get out your toolbox,” she said.
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Why does a bath before bedtime calm the kids down? Why is my answer to every meltdown, "have they drunk enough water?" Why, in the face of yelling kids and household chaos, do I want to escape to a spa or the beach?It’s all due to the incredible power of H2O.
Yesterday, I took a bath. This is news, because I was in a house with six kids at the time, and when there are that many small, noisy, demanding people in the vicinity, the very notion of self-care falls into the category of Things Other People Do.
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and since becoming a mum I’ve had to find quick and easy recipes that light up my world. These two dishes are so indulgent that I feel like I’m treating myself while still being healthy and feeling satisfied throughout the whole morning.