WE ASKED JOANNE BRADFORD, FOUNDER OF MOTHERHEART, TO SHARE HER APPROACH TO WELLBEING…
Joanne is a certified healing practitioner, life-consultant and co-author of ‘The Inner Fix’. Although not (yet) a mother in the true sense of the word, for a long time she has possessed a ‘motherheart’ – a desire to nurture and make a positive difference – something many of us can relate to on some level.
Her biggest learning is that before we can fully be of service to the world and to those around us, we must first learn how to mother ourselves. Her own path of healing and spirituality has been accelerated conscious living; five years sober from alcohol and drugs. Through her personal journey, her belief is that sustainable inner change cannot be achieved by temporary mind-altering methods or material ‘things’. They provide a short-term fix, but they do not cure.
HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING?
“Becoming aware of what’s going on in my head and heart is key. After all, how can I look after myself if I’m unable to identify when I might need that bit of extra support? I try to keep an eye on how well I’m managing day-to-day, so that I can intervene before things get any worse.
Tell-tale signs, for me personally, are if I’m pulling back from interacting with others, struggling to rise in the mornings or making mindless mistakes (like putting fairy liquid in the fridge or almost cutting off the end of my finger when chopping carrots..!) There are certain clues that flag up the fact that perhaps I’m not feeling completely balanced or present within myself. Once this is established, I SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY. This generally means stripping back my to-do list to the bare essentials, taking it one task at a time, limiting social media use and up-ing my sleep.”
WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE SELF-CARE TIP?
“To realise that self-care isn’t all bubble baths and box-set marathons. We seem to have this notion that self-care is pure self-indulgence, but I actually think it’s more about self-preservation.
It can be about standing your ground, being selective, being brave enough to say no, doing the thing you least want to do (but most need to). Self-care is very often about making choices regardless of what others might think or say about you. When the time calls for it, learning to be ok with all – that is my top tip!”
Motherheart offers life-consultancy programmes, healing and emotional-clearing workshops, and immersive meditations. It will help you to remove the blocks that prevent you from stepping into your highest potential and life purpose.
Joanne is Life + Me’s Emotional Healing Expert. If you have a question for Joanne for our Q+As, or if you have a suggested topic you would like her to cover, email [email protected]