We wanted to pass along some simple, doable ideas on how to incorporate care, support, and nurturing for ourselves into our already busy, and sometimes chaotic, lives. Although some of these are specific to mothers, most apply to anyone looking for some attainable self-nurturing. If you only do one thing today, take a minute to breathe deeply and sit still.
Everyone needs to feel accepted. Sometimes that’s hard when you’re not necessarily a “mainstream” kind of person. Maybe you are totally into homeopathic remedies and avoid traditional medicine. Or maybe you are a vegetarian, or vegan, or you just find yourself “outside the lines“ somewhere in your life. Finding your people becomes paramount to your feelings of being included, and to your well-being.
Jennifer Letzer is 36 years old and has 3 children, ages 8, 6 and 3. Her husband Devin is Irish, and their children’s names are Irish – Ruairi (pronounced Rory), Saoirse (Sor-sha) and Ciaran (Keer-an). When Saoirse started preschool, she was frustrated that people couldn’t pronounce her name, but Jennifer told her to give it time, and eventually it would work out. Jennifer was a newspaper reporter in California before becoming a mom. She is currently a labor and post-partum doula and Lactation Educator working towards certification through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA). CAPPA is an international certification organization for Doulas, Childbirth Educators, and Lactation Educators. Her plan had been to go back to reporting, but, she said, […]
“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” Henry Ward Beecher
Dr. Keith Tidball believes part of the reason that going outside is such a good fit for the current situation is because connection to nature fulfills a deep evolutionary need. “We spent thousands and thousands of years among the rest of nature, that’s how we were designed,” he says. “It’s only in the last couple hundred years that we’ve become separate from it. But we’re compelled to affiliate with nature, which comes to the fore with urgency in times of crisis, because we associate nature with the healing aspects of hope and optimism.”
Kathy Zamora, 41, is mom to a 3-year-old son, and wife to David. She has been a member of the Essex County, New Jersey chapter of HMN for 3 years. Kathy says, “I didn’t have a particular “Ahha! This is the place!” experience with HMN. Instead, it has been a gradual series of small confirming events, conversations – connections – that affirm my belonging. Imagine an ice cube fresh from the deep freeze; hardened, a bit cold. Then it is put into a sun-warmed lake, and it melts and rejoins with the larger body. That has been my experience with HMN. Joining, participating, serving, connecting – for me HMN has been and continues to be the feeling of coming home.
Let me introduce you to Morgan Dart. She is a 29-year-old mother of 2 who she shares with her husband and is a volunteer co-leader of the Fox Valley HMN local community in Wisconsin. “HMN was something I needed in my life, because I was in the middle of nowhere, and I didn’t have any local friends. And being on the holistic spectrum limited my friends even further. It was super important for me, if for no other reason, to talk to other people who were “crunchy” in a face-to-face setting.”
Motherhood is the most fulfilling (and frustrating) endeavor ever. Mixed amongst the never-ending jobs of nurturing and protecting our kids are moments of sheer bliss and joy. Every mom needs support and encouragement. The Holistic Moms Network’s purpose is to connect parents and create supportive communities, both in person, through local chapters, and online; to help parents and others to learn about holistic and green living….