MENTAL MUTHA MEETS ALISON PERRY

MENTAL MUTHA MEETS ALISON PERRY

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Alison Perry is one of those women who I have known since the beginning of blogging and vlogging, before social media was a career choice and I am pretty sure we both used Hipstamatic back in the day. I've seen her rise and rise and she is definitely someone who I view as 'having their shit together' so I was so happy she replied when I asked "YOU OK HUN?"

 MENTAL MUTHA MEETS ALISON PERRY

Are you a mental Mum or a Mum that’s mental?

I am a mum who is totally bossing it one moment and then crashing down feeling like a failure the next. 

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Meditate? Talk? Hide?

I’m still learning how to cope with those moments - my instinct is to hide, close the curtains, wallow. But I know that keeping busy, getting fresh air, distracting yourself all help. Sometimes coffee and cake with a friend - as much of a bloody cliché as it is - can lift me out of the fug for an hour or so. 

Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates? 

I talk about it a fair bit on social media but not loads with my IRL mum mates. It definitely still feels like a sensitive subject, compared to other health issues which get discussed fairly freely. 

How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?

We talk a lot about handling frustration and sadness - dealing with emotions. And we chat about how it’s OK not to feel happy all the time. But we haven’t actually talked about “mental health” - she is seven so there’s time for that still. 

Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)

Mr P, my husband. He swoops in and does wheatever he needs to, to help. 

What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)

People - I'm such a people person. If I have someone to bounce positivity or ideas off, I'm happy.

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 still feel embarrassed to talk about it with my IRL friends. I worry they think I’m making it up to get attention. Isn’t that bonkers? Like depression imposter syndrome!
— Alison Perry

It's hard. It's getting easier but I still feel embarrassed to talk about it with my IRL friends. I worry they think I'm making it up to get attention. Isn't that bonkers? Like depression imposter syndrome!

Where’s your head at?

Feeling stressed. Anxious. But managing to keep a lid on it today. Outwardly, I'm all smiles and positivity. Inside, I'm a bit of a state, but doing OK!

 

Soft Play or Rehab?

They should make a rehab that's JUST LIKE a soft play. Can I go to that?

Jacobs Creek or a Jacobs Cracker?

Always the creek. Unless I can have both, with some cheese?

Nut Job or Nut Allergy?

Nut job.

Self Care or Self Sabotage?

Depends on the day.

Journal or jog? 

Neither. I should probably do both, right?

Ask for help or happy to hermit? 

If I'm feeling strong, I'll ask for help. Otherwise: hermit.

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