MENTAL MUTHA MEETS DANIELLE McCORMACK
MENTAL MUTHA MEETS DANIELLE McCORMACK
Are you a mental Mum or a Mum that’s mental?
On my good days I'm a mental mum, singing and dancing with the tiny human... re-enacting scenes from Peppa Pig in an overly dramatised manner. But on my bad days, I'm just a mum that's mental in all the wrong ways... "Cuckoos Nest" stuff.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Meditate? Talk? Hide?
My preference would always be to hide, but that's a difficult concept when you live with a toddler who can track you like a bloodhound. So I've learned to talk to my husband. Not easily and not always. Somethings I just prefer to keep to myself and work through on my own.
Do you discuss your mental health with your mum mates?
I touch on it but I don't go into detail. I suppose the old fashioned idea of 'keeping it all to yourself' hasn't worked its way out of my brain yet. So as much as I've shared that I've been having issues, my friends aren't completely aware of the extent of them.
How do you tackle mental health chats with your kid’s?
Fortunately the tiny human is only a toddler and therefore this talk hasn't been required. However, i'd like to think that when this time comes I'd be able to offer him a much more rational and logical method of coping with any issues he might have.
Who helps you in the dark? (In your pits, your mental rock bottom - who is your hero?)
It might be the cliche answer but it's the Gods honest truth, and that's my family. My Husband and my son. Perspective is always a great thing to pull me out of the depths and when I think to what both my husband and son have overcome, it makes me feel capable of overcoming my own issues. It doesn't necessarily "fix" whatever is wrong with me at that particular moment, but it definitely takes the edge off.
What helps you in the light? (Meditation? Procrastination? Perspiration? People?)
Procrastination helps, in the sense that it's nice to float away into the "Instaworld" like you do a book. All of the different people and niches are a great way of distracting yourself from the real world outwith the confines of your iPhone screen. But writing has been very therapeutic for me. I started my blog with the intention of getting all of the crazy thoughts and feelings I was having, out in the open and free of my body, so to speak. It really has worked.
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'?)
Thankfully there are more and more people talking about their mental health which is good. There seems to be more awareness on most social media platforms, but in society as a whole I feel like there's still a long way to go. A lot of people still find the term "Mental Health" terrifying, like they're going to catch it if they stand too close.
Where’s your head at?
Today is a good day. They far outweigh the bad days now, and I honestly put that down to getting help and taking medication. My emotions feel much more within my control, and despite still having moments of sheer "mental-ness" , 80% of the time I feel like the best version of myself again.
Soft Play or Rehab?
Rehab is required after Soft play so if it can be avoided do so AT ALL COSTS!
Jacobs Creek or a Jacobs Cracker?
Oooft always Jacobs Creek - then crackers and cheese afterwards! :)
Nut Job or Nut Allergy?
Definitely a Nut Job... Not two ways about it. A lifetime of shoving Cadburys Wholenuts down my throat would suggest definitely no Nut Allergy here!
Self Care or Self Sabotage?
Self Care definitely... It's been my New Years Resolution for 2018 and I've never felt better since starting it.
Journal or jog?
Journal or in my case Blogging... As I said before, writing it all down really helps. (Jog... Hahahahaha don't make me laugh)
Ask for help or happy to hermit?
Ask for help!!! I know it's not easy... I know there are 100 little voices in your head telling you not to, but sometimes it's the only thing that's going to help, and there's no shame in that. I tried for 2 years to fix myself, by myself, and it just made things worse. There is no shame in asking for help. None! #sharewithnoshame
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