We hope that you'll find support and inspiration right here at Story of Mum: by joining our retreats, treating yourself to one to one sessions, hosting your own retreat with our DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit, and by making some creative me-time to try some of our inspiring activities for mamas.
If you're looking for something more, read on for some of Pippa's current (tried and tested!) recommendations for our resources.
Below this, you'll also find a list of other sources of support for amazing and exhausted mamas.
Books and workbooks
The Gifts of Imperfection / Daring Greatly / Rising Strong - all by Brené Brown (these books have changed my life: they are vital reminders that our vulnerability and our ability to survive our failures can also be our greatest strength). Check out Brené's TED talk too (and this one!)
Leonie Dawson's Workbook (affiliate link) - a beautiful journal to fill with your dreams for the year ahead: for your life, family (and business if you're so inclined). I love using these workbooks every year to inspire me and keep me on track with living the life I most want to live.
Simplicity Parenting: using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier and more secure kids - Kim John Payne, Lisa M Ross
Momma Zen: walking the crooked path of motherhood - Karen Maezen Miller (an invitation to see all aspects of motherhood as a spiritual practice)
How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk - Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
The Fire Starter Sessions - Danielle LaPorte (useful questions to start exploring your core values)
The Artists Way - Julia Cameron (a guide to bringing creativity into your life via stream-of-consciousness writing, artist 'dates' and more; I've returned to this many times over the years)
For more creative inspiration, try anything interactive from Keri Smith!
The Deep Exhale - a gentle ecourse from Mara Glatzel to support women in finding more rest and replenishment.
Morning Makeover - simple strategies to help transform stressful morning routines from chaos to joy (this one really worked with my lot...!)
Brave Girls Club - all sorts of online resources and an inspiring facebook page to follow - for a couple of months, I signed up for boxes of inspiring goodies through the post and it was a lovely treat!
Practice: embodying your curvy and beloved body - self-portraiture and simple yoga suitable for all shapes and sizes with Anna Guest-Jelley and Vivienne McMaster
Other cool stuff
New Mama Welcome Pack (affiliate link) - digital support and inspiration from over 60 amazing women (including me!) to face the realities of motherhood, delivered over those first 3 challenging wonderful months of becoming a mum.
Lovely online communities:
Pippa is a member of all of these...
Shining Biz and Life Academy (affiliate link) - a warm and inspiring online community for heart-centred entrepreneurs, led by the inimitable Leonie Dawson, cheering each other on.
Mamas' Comfort Camp - hosted by Yael Saar, a safe facebook haven of kindness and support where mums can share their experiences safely and without judgement.
Embrace Happy - hosted by Karin Joyce, a community to share 3 good things in every day: "not every day is happy, but there is happiness in every day".
Oh My Handmade - a creative peer support community for makers and kind folk who want to help each other make positive changes in the world.
Laundry Line Divine - not a structured community, but a collective of mother artists sharing their stories with the very lovely Suzi Banks Baum, and publishing some of these in An Anthology of Babes: 36 women give motherhood a voice.
Help and Support
If you need help in other areas of your life, the organisations and websites below may be able to provide support in the UK.
- BBC Parenting This BBC site offers a comprehensive list of support organisations in the UK.
- NHS Direct - Helpline and gateway to health information on the internet.
- Association for Post Natal Illness - support for mothers suffering from postnatal illness.
- Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths - charity working to prevent cot death and promote baby health.
- On Divorce - A list of support organisations for marriage and mediation, domestic violence, relationships, families and parenting
- The Samaritans - You can talk to the Samaritans 24 hours a day, in your own way, off the record, about anything you like.
- Postpartum Progress - An international organisation based in the US working to support those experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like post natal depression.
Maternity Matters: A blog dedicated to raising awareness of birth trauma, the positive birth choices that women are entitled to make, and the steps which families can take to move on with their lives after a traumatic birth.
We are constantly adding to this list, so if you have any other suggestions of organisations, blogs or websites to add here, please get in touch.
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