MENTAL MUTHA MEETS THIS MAMA LIFE
Sarah Willox Knott aka This Mama Life is a blogger, vlogger, wife, mother and friend to all with a large following across her social platforms, but with the numbers 'comes great responsibility'... I mean comments...comes a great load of comments/opinions from strangers.
Sarah also shares her experiences of anorexia, her anxiety and how she copes when her husband is deployed for months at a time with the Royal Navy. If that wasn't enough Sarah is raising the future (2 kids) and working full time too. How does this one woman do it all and document it too?
No wonder she speed cleans.
MENTAL MUTHA MEETS THIS MAMA LIFE
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Meditate? Talk? Hide?
Talk it over with friends, family or the husband with a glass of something alcoholic – preferably gin or Prosecco! I also use the app headspace, meditation videos on YouTube and try and get along to yoga classes to clear my mind. A good bath helps as well. It’s hard to find the time sometimes though, which just adds to the problem.
Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates?
Yes definitely. I usually find it quite easy to open up to close friends but only once I’ve identified the issue myself. My problem usually comes from denying there’s something wrong. But once I recognize there is an issue I have a group of close friends that I can go to, to vent or to get advice.
How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?
At this moment in time my kids are a bit too young to grasp the concept of mental health (in my opinion, others might disagree!!). However, we talk a lot about feeling sad when Dada has to leave for a long time on his Navy ship for deployments and that it’s ok to feel sad and talk about it. We also talk about how being unkind or angry can make other people sad so we need to think about what we do or say before we do it.
Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)
My husband and my mum. And the kids without them realizing it.
What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)
Good company, good chats and good food!
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 think it’s a lot easier now than it was, say, five years ago. I suffered with anorexia for years when I was younger and there was a huge stigma against mental health issues back then. I was incredibly ashamed of how unwell I was and found it very hard to share how I was feeling with anyone. Through therapy and time, I am now very open about it all and am desperate to help others in a similar situation by talking out about it. The stigma has lifted massively and I am so happy it has. I don’t feel judgement when I talk out about things these days.
Where’s your head at?
Pretty steady, with the odd wobble. Being part of the blogging and YouTube world requires a thick skin, which I think I’ve developed over the past couple years, but every now and again I take something to heart that I shouldn’t. I’m also still suffering after a pretty rough first year with my youngest, Lachlan. He suffered from silent reflux, a cow’s milk protein intolerance and is incredibly needy so he’s not been the easiest of babies. I love him unconditionally but he has pushed me to my absolute limits and I think I’m still trying to heal mentally from it all.
Soft Play or Rehab?
Soft play (love a jacket potato)
Jacobs Creek or a Jacobs Cracker?
Nut Job or Nut Allergy?
Self-Care or Self Sabotage?
Journal or jog?
Ask for help or happy to hermit?
Follow Sarah @thismamalife
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