In today's episode, we're talking about Motherhood Anxiety & Managing Expectations. Nobody likes to feel out of control of their own life. We generally avoid things that make us feel incompetent or scared, or that push us too far outside of our COMFORT ZONES…….now, I don’t know about you, but I’d say having a baby or raising a child does a pretty good job at all of those things - and that can be INCREDIBLY anxiety-inducing!
In the first segment, you’ll hear from Heather Ratych - a registered social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in perinatal and maternal mental health. She is the owner and clinical director of Bloom Psychotherapy in Toronto, Canada - a virtual clinic that offers individual and couples counselling, with a strong focus on the fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting phases of life. Don’t miss her description of anxiety and a checklist of symptoms to watch out for, as well as some strategies to implement if you find yourself exhibiting any of these symptoms!
My guest on the podcast today is Kate Rhodes - she’s mom to a sassy and hilarious toddler, and is a budding entrepreneur in her new business, SimpliKate. I’ve followed her journey through motherhood on Instagram, where she has always been one to KEEP THINGS REAL. Kate and I were meant to discuss the specific topic of motherhood anxiety, which is something that she experienced STRONGLY in the first 18 months of her daughter’s life…..but our conversation morphed into the broader struggle of managing our own expectations as mothers (as well as the expectations society places on us), and dealing with feelings of helplessness when things are outside of our control.
Have you checked out the podcast website yet? If not, jump on over to www.raiseyourhandmotherhoodpodcast.com - you can find resources from past episodes, read guest bios, or check out some of the blog posts and ‘must-haves’ for motherhood that have been shared so far...feel free to leave a review for the podcast while you are there!
LINKS FROM TODAY'S EPISODE:
The Wild Collective
Kate's 'MOTHERHOOD MUST-HAVES'
White noise sound machine (here are some options)
MEC child backpacks (here are some examples)
Learning towers for toddlers
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Rae Lynn Minke
Registered Social Worker, Mom
Heather is a registered social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in perinatal and maternal mental health. She is the owner and clinical director of Bloom Psychotherapy, a virtual clinic that offers individual and couples counselling, with a strong focus on the fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting phases of life. Heather is a mom of 3, who is passionate about helping women to thrive and in supporting them to feel grounded, confident and connected.
Kate is a toddler mom, budding entrepreneur, kick-ass partner (most of the time) and avid health and wellness enthusiast. She resides in British Columbia with her three man wolf-pack, hiking, exploring and staring at the mountains. When she isn't negotiating with her 3.5 year old, she loves naps, deep, honest conversations and baking anything with chocolate chips.