On March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day and remembered that when women come together to support one another, incredible things happen.
On March 15th, Ella Bella Maternity Shop invites women to come together once again in a safe and supportive environment to discuss the importance of self-care and self-preservation in recognition for the incredible things that mothers make happen each and every day.
Life with children is both chaotic and beautiful at the same time. As a mother, you have become the master of juggling multiple things all at once. But when it comes to motherhood and the daunting idea of self-care, it may seem near impossible to balance the two. It becomes first nature to always put your child’s needs above yours and your family’s needs first. This may happen for so long that you lose yourself through the heap of sacrifices you bear on behalf of your family every day.
Self-care is something necessary that we do to prevent ourselves from breaking. It can be taking alone time to read or exercise, spending time with friends or any other daily practice to hold yourself together.
But what do we do when we are already unraveled, broken and cracked?
We must fill our immediate cracks before we can return to wholeness. It is the first law of nature.
Through our work with many postpartum families, or families who are in “survival mode," we have heard time and time again that self-care practices can feel indulgent. Self-preservation closes the gap before you can practice self-care. It is used as an immediate and deeper response to return to psychological and physical wholeness. Self-preservation is used in times when self-care in your life has gone off the rail due to the birth of baby, illness, change in job or any other stressful life event.
Our Prima Doula event is meant to help you to take proactive approaches toward self-care and self-preservation. Mothers can also learn the role a postpartum doula can play in self-preservation practice and share other mental health support initiatives. Take your first step to restoring, recharging and nourishing yourself by saving your free spot today: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-difference-between-self-care-and-self-preservation-tickets-32448743064