MENTAL MUTHA MEETS STACEY LEIGH
MENTAL MUTHA MEETS STACEY LEIGH
Are you a mental Mum or a Mum that’s mental?
Both!! I was introduced to mental health from a very young age. I come from a family where mental health was very evident, but no-one sought support and no-one talked about it. I was raised by a parent with a serious mental illness, but she was never open to help and even when I look back - she genuinely thought everyone else was ‘crazy’ - her words. I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and PSTD from my childhood trauma and all whilst my son was also getting assessed for Autism. Everything felt too much and there were points where I didn’t know if I would survive it.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Meditate? Talk? Hide?
It depends, when it comes to my mental health I’m still pretty guarded. I come from a council flat in East London, speaking out on your feelings let alone your mental health would have been a no no. Im really trying to change this by sharing my experience and my stories through my Instagram, blog and Youtube. Ive learnt to talk, talking is my therapy, finding that one person who knows you also helps and this person for me is my husband. He is amazing! Being around my family reassures me. Also Meditating is life, its a must everyday for me. And I have to log out of Instagram, Facebook etc, and I have a self care break.
Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates?
Can my husband be classed as my mum mate?
How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?
I keep it real!! I have a 12 year old daughter who is very aware and is just amazing, I always encourage her to talk. So she can understand her feelings and emotions, whilst sharing my experiences. There is no taboo topics in our house.
Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)
Me! I can always count on myself, I know myself better then anyone, I am very aware of the here and now and who I am. And also my husband, that man is my rock.
What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)
Anyone who has a good heart, I adore people who just get it. My children are my world and they have saved my life! My husband, my mother-in-law, my dad, and people who have overcome shit! I just love people who have a good soul.
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’?)
Yes. I do. I just think its important for us to talk more and not just about depression and anxiety, but personality disorders, PTSD, trauma etc. and then maybe all the little girls and boys wouldn’t need to go through what I did as a child.
Where’s your head at?
Overwhelmed - I feel like I am winning at life but sinking at the same time. But thats ok because I am aware of this, so once I’ve finished this email I will go and journal and mediate while staying off social media for the rest of the day. And when my children and husband arrive back I will have a family film evening. I let my mind feel it and let it pass.
Soft Play or Rehab?
Nut Job or Nut Allergy?
Sangria with olives
Self Care or Self Sabotage?
Self care HELL YEAH!
Journal or jog?
Jog - I wish! I’m a journal/ share my thoughts on Instagram sort of gal.
Ask for help or happy to hermit?
Hard one - I should say ask for help, but I find it hard. But this is one I’m working on.
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Women talking unashamedly about their mental health and parenting innit.