Mindful Arts Therapy
Mums, Find Your True Self
Sometimes you are tired, forgetful and angry. All the time, you are brilliant, kind and patient. However, sometimes this second person is hard to find.
Being a new mum is as exhilarating as it is exhausting. You may find that your body has not caught up with the birth of your new baby, never mind the tiring day-to-day struggle needed to raise this wee, precious human.
You are a chef, an entertainer, an educator, transport logistics expert, peace negotiator and so much more.
Not surprising, you may find yourself being overwhelmed by financial strains, societal pressure on how you should look and behave. Have you ever asked yourself, do all mums cry this much? Do they ever get back to their pre-baby energy levels? Will life ever return to normal?
Then there is your mental well-being to consider. It’s not uncommon for mums to feel down, lonely and even depressed. In fact, it should be considered normal. There are days when even the best support network doesn’t cut it.
And add to all of this your new baby is completely dependent on you for its every need.
Remember – You are not alone.
Being a new parent is exhausting. It is normal to not fully comprehend what has happened to you. You may feel that you as a person have disappeared. You may not know who you are anymore.
Connecting with your True Self
When you are in touch with your inner wisdom, you come to accept your true self. You see yourself without any standards placed upon you by your family or society. As your emotional intelligence evolves, you will let go of your ego and minimize your concerns about how things should be, and instead, you will listen to and take notice of your thoughts and feelings about what is right for you.
When you are connected to your inner wisdom, you allow the little voice in your head to guide you. You become calmer and have a deeper sense of your own truth, and no longer have to pretend to be someone you are not.
Discovering your true self is an important self-care routine. There are many things you can do each day to learn to reconnect to your true self and find inner peace using simple mindful art therapy activities. Many of these things can be done while you are feeding your baby or resting on the sofa. You don’t need to be artistic, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money.
When you are next sitting down, nursing or just resting, stop and be mindful. Close your eyes, take three long deep breaths and let the stresses that are in your body go. Acknowledge how you feel but don’t let it overwhelm you. Imagine a golden light surrounding you and letting it heal you.
Leave a set of coloured markers and a notepad lying around. You may wish to invest in an art journal, but it isn’t necessary. When you have a few minutes, grab a marker, and start making marks on the paper. Think about something that is bothering you or has upset you. Now, using markers, draw shapes or images. Breathe deeply.
This is one of my favourite exercises. Grab those markers or just a pen and a piece of paper, your art journal or the back of a used envelope and draw circles. They can be any size or colour, it doesn’t matter. Breathe deeply and create as many as you like. Overlap them and intersect them. When we draw circles, the two sides of our brain are focused on one thing. This helps re-balance it and creates a clearer, calmer mind.
Finding Your True Self
When you find your true-self you accept who you are, you let go of self-doubt, improve your confidence and make better life choices. You also express yourself freely, improve your emotional intelligence and learn self-love and acceptance. Finding your true-self is an important part of your journey and assists in realising your ultimate potential.
What Is Mindful Arts Therapy?
Mindful arts therapy encompasses various art forms. The focus is not on artistic skill but rather on the process of creation and self-expression. Through guided exercises and reflective discussions, mothers can explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
During mindful arts therapy sessions, mothers are encouraged to let go of any expectations or judgments they may have about their artistic abilities. The therapist creates a non-judgmental space where they can freely express themselves through art. Whether it’s picking up a paintbrush or moving their bodies to the rhythm of music, the process of creation becomes a tool for self-discovery and healing.
Through painting, mothers can explore the colours that resonate with their emotions. Each stroke of the brush becomes a reflection of their inner world, allowing them to visually express their thoughts and feelings. Sculpting, on the other hand, offers a tactile experience that enables them to shape their emotions into tangible forms.