To wrap up the Self Care series I’d like to feature another incredibly strong and inspiring mother, Aimee.
Becoming a single parent has given Aimee awareness more than ever on how you must push that mum-guilt to the side in order to take time out of your day for self-care.
“I have learnt the hard way that if I don’t look after myself my kids suffer, and I lose precious moments if I’m not emotionally present.”
Heaven only knows why us females are biologically designed to be so critical and undeserving of being at the top of the to-do list. Becoming a mother we get further down that list, and quite commonly we can find ourselves too neglected in self-care to realise we might need further support. Postnatal depression and anxiety affects around 100,000 families across Australia every year and Aimee has unfortunately lived through that battle.
“My biggest regret was not getting the help with my post-natal, depression and anxiety until it took a toll on me my ex-husband and my kids. I wasn’t looking after myself because I didn’t want to feel that I failed as a mother, but what I realised once I got help and support was this is a true illness, and I needed help and it was ok because I wasn’t failing at all I just held it all in to long wanting to be strong, yet the most empowering thing was accepting it and accepting the help I needed and I’ve never looked back.”
Aimee has begun to see positive results by practising simple self-care acts such as:
- Getting your hair done, putting makeup on, do what makes you feel great even if you’re not going out any where
- Sit in your Pj’s and stay in bed watching Netflix and having down time (Housework can wait)
- Catch up with your girlfriends, we are all doing it tough at times
- Ask for HELP
- Cry, scream let it all out – we all feel like it gets overwhelming and sometimes just need a good cry to let it all out.
“The greatest and most beautiful thing about our life are our precious kids and watching them develop and grow into amazing humans and loving life.”
“You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground”
“I’ll be the wings that keep your heart in the sky”
I myself have gained perspective just by being able to share some motivating journeys with you all, thank you to Aimee and Tamara for trusting me with your stories and for women supporting women. #thefutureisfemale