MENTAL MUTHA MEETS IZY DIXON
MENTAL MUTHA MEETS IZY DIXON
Are you a mental Mum or a Mum that’s mental?
Probably a bit of both - sleep deprivation will make the most 'normal' person a bit unhinged!
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?
Meditate? Talk? Hide?
My Dad instilled in us that whenever we feel overwhelmed, or just a bit down, "nothing beats a cup of tea and a good deed", so I try to pop the kettle on and find someone else to do something nice for - failing that, a big glass of red and a rant with girlfriends never fails to sort things out.
Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates?
Absolutely - I think the fear and risk of PND is so apparent and increasingly talked about now, for both men and women, knowing how debilitating it is, so people are keen to ensure no signs go ignored... Luckily for my husband and I, we were part of the most wonderful antenatal group (through Bump & Baby, thoroughly recommend!) - the mums have weekly catch ups and mums and dads have set up splinter groups doing other activities, so we make plenty of time to chat through how we are finding life as new parents. It's a totally new life so it naturally affects you in every way - people talk about backache and sleep deprivation without a thought, why not how you're feeling?
How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?
Well, she's only 10 weeks old, so she's a great listener at the moment! But I have been brought up in an incredibly open family where we talk about mental health all the time, so I hope to carry that approach on with her - hopefully she will see that talking about mental health is as important as brushing her teeth, just part of the daily routine.
Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)
My parents and brothers are second to none when expletive hit the fan, so the problem solving always starts at home for me. I have a couple of particularly rock solid girlfriends who manage to leave any judgement at the door, so they are worth their weight in gold as well.
What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)
Delilah is pretty great for bouncing positive vibes off, along with my youngest brother - the positive energy is contagious. Nothing reboots me the way drawing does though - It's such a grounding treat.
Is it hard to talk about your mental health? (Doesn't mean on Instagram necessarily, but do you feel the stigma is lifting and do you feel safe to speak your mind, even if it is possibly 'mental'?)
I've never found talking about my emotions that difficult in all honesty - perhaps that says more about my parents' approach to mental health than mine? You pick and choose who is comfortable to talk about it with though - whilst the stigma is lifting, in Britain the stiff upper lip is still firmly in place, so it's important to appreciate other people's sensitivities too.
Where’s your head at? (Right here in this moment, today)
It was a pretty good night's sleep last night (just the 2 wake ups, not bad!) and we're about to go to Baby ballet (my first exercise class in months!) so pretty upbeat today.
Soft Play or Rehab?
Soft play in rehab???
Jacobs Creek or a Jacobs Cracker?
Nut Job or Nut Allergy?
Self Care or Self Sabotage?
Self care most of the time, but I'm definitely prone to self-sabotage at times
Journal or jog?
Could WhatsApp count as a journal??
Ask for help or happy to hermit?
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