MENTAL MUTHA MEETS CAROLINE HIRONS
MENTAL MUTHA MEETS CAROLINE HIRONS
Are you a mental Mum or a Mum that’s mental?
A Mum that is happily mental.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Meditate? Talk? Hide?
Watch SVU in the kitchen, drink copious amounts of tea, call my Mum and scream at things/people. I need organisation. If the house is a mess, I cannot function. If my kitchen is a mess, I have to clean it before I can work. Cleaning is my meditation.
Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates?
No. We talk about how much our kids are driving us crazy though…Mine are older now so it’s not so much ‘mum’ mates as is it long-time friends who you can say anything to..
For example if someone says ‘How’s XXX (insert one of my kid’s name's)? There is only understanding, no judgement if I reply ‘They’re an utter bastard thank you.'
How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?
Openly. I have a child with depression. It’s openly talked about, supported and encouraged. We check in with each other all the time.
Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)
I don’t really get down to be honest. I’m borderline personality disorder on the positive scale. Everything is great. Everything is manageable. The only thing that makes me pause is my kids health. If they are struggling it’s always in my head. You’re only as happy as your least happy child. When my son was hospitalised with mumps last year my husband and I took it in turns to be with him 24/7. Nothing more stressful, but the family came together like a solid wall of support. Everything stops.
What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)
My husband, my Mum, my workmates (other bloggers who know the score). I generally surround myself with good people. No energy drainers. No time wasters. No bullshitters.
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’?)
No. If I was struggling I’d probably talk about it to my mates that know me in real life and can actually get involved and support me. I don’t really air my private business on social.
Where’s your head at?
I wake up thinking about it and go to bed thinking about it.
In between I make sure I’m also in my kids faces. Like you do. SCHOOL? TEETH? SHOWER? HOMEWORK? GIMME A KISS. GO TO BED. ETC ETC
Soft Play or Rehab?
I’d rather have a smear test than go to soft play. And I don’t need rehab because I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs. Does caffeine addiction count?
Jacobs Creek or a Jacobs Cracker?
Neither. Brew and a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer thanks.
Nut Job or Nut Allergy?
Nut job. Obvs. Although I think I’m perfectly sane. Intolerant maybe, but sane.
Self Care or Self Sabotage?
Self Care. Always. I come first. I take care of everyone else so if I’m not functioning, nothing functions.
Journal or jog?
Blog. I only run if I’m about to miss a plane. And I’m too OCD for that to have ever happened so…..
Ask for help or happy to hermit?
Hermit personally, ask for help with work. Always employ people who are more skilled than you. Saves a lot of problems. Personally, my husband and Mum know instantly if something’s wrong and sort me out.
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