Last week, I came across a Facebook page online and just couldn’t wait to share its concept with every mum I knew – Maternal Journal is a UK-wide initiative that brings women together (online and in face-to-face in person) to share their experiences of motherhood via a creative interest.
‘WE’RE AN OPEN AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY THAT WELCOMES ALL TYPES OF MOTHERS AND PARENTS.’Maternal Journal
The sessions they run use journaling to encourage mums and mums-to-be to explore and express thoughts, emotions and experiences. ‘A journal can be a very empowering tool,’ says Laura co-founder of the project. ‘We support people to establish their own creative journaling practice using simple tools and techniques that fit in with everyday life, provided free on our website and on social media.’
With the aim of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, Maternal Journal very much embraces a flexible ethic and anyone involved is given the opportunity to find their own voice and approach, their own way of expressing what they have been – and are going – through.
‘I FEEL ENERGISED TO CONTINUE TO FIND AND ESTABLISH MY OWN SPACE AND VOICE CREATIVELY. WHICH IN TURN MAKES ME FEEL ALREADY LESS ANXIOUS AND FEARFUL ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS BABY ON MY SANITY.’Hannah, Maternal Journal participant
In the new world we find ourselves in in 2020, I’ve been a bit obsessed with seeking out and shouting about interesting ways in which some companies are embracing the online world, allowing us to stay connected, creatively, at a time when we are all socially-distancing from one another. The fact that many of these groups are meeting online at the moment makes me smile, to know that, in lieu of the physical, there are still virtual spaces out there still, for women to find their tribe in, especially during time this time in their life when they could feel most isolated and alone (with or without the added pandemic).
As a new mum, allowing yourself time to recharge and reflect on your transition is incredibly important, and without scheduled group activities to remind our busy butts to do so, we more often than not forget to prioritise any time for ourselves. Thanks goodness for opportunities like this.
Hats off to you, Maternal Journal. Hats off.
Find out more and join the community by visiting www.maternaljournal.org. Images of journals by Hannah and Pia.