MENTAL MUTHA MEETS YAMMY MACKIN
MENTAL MUTHA MEETS YAMMY MACKIN
Are you a mental Mum or a Mum that’s mental?
Both! I have always been known to be a little bit crazy and so I am a mental mum, always living life a little on the edge! But I am also a Mum that’s mental, really mental in fact and have been from around the age of 12!
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Meditate? Talk? Hide?
I totally isolate myself and try my best to avoid meeting too many people. I do however try to keep our routine and meet at least one or 2 mums a week as motherhood really can make me feel lonely and I need mums around me. I do enjoy a good jug of wine and on really stressful days a naughty cigarette on an evening (my husband has cancer...will this mean I go to hell if I smoke on an occasion?!)
Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates?
My post natal depression yes. When it comes to my usual general issues such as Eating disorders and OCD I absolutely don't talk about it. In fact I am amazed and proud I am even mentioning it now. My fear is as soon as they know, they will watch me eat and look at me differently.
How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?
My children are very small only 4 and 16 months. But I do talk about feelings and how normal it is to cry and be sad with my 4 year old. I want to be very open with him and him with me. I want him to understand that all his feelings are ok to feel and we can work through anything.
Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)
Myself. Sounds sad but I am not good at going to people. I wish I was good at it. I’d love to chat it out. But I have really practiced a lot of mindfulness and self care and know what to do and how to have words with myself to try and pull my self out of my pit. I know I have strength there even if at the time I don't believe it, deep down I know I can.
What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)
Procrastination for sure! Dreaming up ideas to manifest! Also films, books and trying to stay away from social media also. I am not on facebook right now and it has done me wonders.
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'?)
It is hard I feel. I think its harder for me to talk to people I know or have recently become friends with. I do think the amount of chat about it now is fantastic and just want is needed. Mental health is NORMAL. We need to talk about it.
Where’s your head at?
Today I am feeling super positive and productive!! Go me!
Soft Play or Rehab?
Rehab... at least you can nap there!
Jacobs Creek or a Jacobs Cracker?
Jacobs Cracker...I find Jacobs Creek..a bit pissy!!
Nut Job or Nut Allergy?
Self Care or Self Sabotage?
Self Care but do like a bit of self sabotage just to get the energy going!
Journal or jog?
Journal...Jogging and jog on! Not sure I even own trainers
Ask for help or happy to hermit?
Happy to hermit but when I do ask for help..boy is it worth it!
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