LIFE + ME’S MINI INTERVIEW WITH ANNA CEESAY, FOUNDER + EDITOR OF MOTHERDOM MAGAZINE…
Anna Ceesay is a former BBC journalist and a mum-of-two. Having experienced low mood and anxiety during her second pregnancy she was incredibly thankful that she received the help she needed, but after starting to feel better, she realised that the information out there about parents’ mental wellbeing was still quite fragmented.
She wanted to create a space to put it all together. Being a parent to young children can be joyful and wonderful in so many ways – but it can also be tough. It’s important to look after our minds (and bodies), so we’re the happiest parents we can be. Anna launched Motherdom to create this dedicated space, the NEW mental wellbeing magazine for parents of little ones.
We caught up with Anna to find out how she nourishes and fuels her mind:
WHAT’S YOUR MISSION?
My mission is to reach as many mums as possible, who might be struggling with their mental health, just like I was two years ago. I want to let them know they’re not alone and there is support out there.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Woah, what a question! Creative, positive and generous people inspire me. People who take risks despite all the odds, and who stand up when no one else will.
HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN MENTAL WELLBEING?
I’m definitely not perfect at this – I don’t want anyone to think I’m being ‘preachy’ here. But lately I’ve loved getting back into reading novels before I go to sleep. It’s a little bit of ‘me time’ which I think every mum needs!
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE MENTAL WELLBEING TIP?
Trust your instincts. When it comes to your children, you know best. There’s so much ‘advice’ out there that can make parents anxious. That’s not what Motherdom is about – it’s all about focusing on your mental wellbeing as a parent, rather than telling you how to raise your kids.
WHAT’S IN YOUR SELF-CARE TOOLKIT?
Reading novels (as above), remembering to be in the moment, utilising the techniques from my CBT therapy to combat low mood and anxious thoughts that might come up.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MANTRA?
What will be, will be!
(This is especially helpful for someone who has struggled with anxiety and particularly ‘what if’ thinking about what might happen in the future. If I’m starting to feel anxious about some future ‘thing’ I tell myself this mantra!)
Discover Motherdom Magazine here.