More than just mental
It was by no means planned, but a case of perfect alignment that Mother Earthed goes live today. It’s World Mental Health Day and maternal mental health is one of the big reasons she’s here... Approximately 1 in 6 women living with postnatal depression or anxiety, and even more experiencing simple depletion, is a sign that there are big cracks in how society is caring for each other.
Somewhere along the way we forgot the wisdom that how a woman is cared for during the first 40 days postpartum affects her health for the next 40 years of her life. (Fortunately that is returning). And we’ve lost touch with the fact that there’s no one-size-fits-all cure for any dis-order*. It’s contextual, it’s physical, it’s ancestral, it’s social, it’s deeply soulful... it’s SO many things.
And the only way to close the cracks is with an holistic, loving approach that treats body, mind and soul. The good news is that the global community of people working to help the healing is strong and growing. And that’s how you put happy and mental health in the same sentence. No one is alone in this, and opening yourself up to being helped, opens you up to a veritable global village of support. There’s no shame in asking and there’s no shame in saying that you need a hand. We all do.
*I use the word dis-order because “disorder” makes it sound like you’re stuck with something for life. Dis-order on the other hand says it exactly as it is, things are out of wack that just need to be restored and that is certainly achievable.