Proud Mama Support Services is offering a free workshop on September 29 from 3-5pm for making a written mood plan. This workshop is geared toward perinatal mental health issues, but is open to anyone who feels they could benefit from taking the time to create their own written toolkit to help themselves move toward healing and wellness, one step at a time. The benefit of having a written plan is not only to help yourself, but also to help your family and friends know how best to support you when you are struggling with mental health or mood issues.
Write It Down: Mood Plan Workshop
Saturday, September 29 3-5pm
Restore Physical Therapy
966 NW Circle Blvd. Corvallis, OR 97330
Facilitated by Sophie Grow, Perinatal Peer Support Group Facilitator
When you are in the midst of a low point in your mood struggle, do you wish you had a set of directions to help find your way back to the things that help you feel better? Do you wish your partner, family, and friends just knew how to support you? In the valleys of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, it is hard to remember the tools and resources you have available to you that could help. A bit of pre-planning can provide you with a written plan that you can rely on when you're struggling, as your personal step-by-step guide toward feeling more grounded and whole.
What to Expect:
As a group, we will do some peer-to-peer brainstorming about practical, everyday actions we can take to respond to mood. Coming together as a community to create individualized plans not only provides the opportunity to learn new tools from others, it also normalizes the idea that providing support for people who suffer with mood issues can look like many different things, unique to that individual. Very often people don't know what to ask for when they do need help. This workshop focuses on gaining tools to do just that.
Drawing from her experience as a perinatal peer social support facilitator and what she's learned about vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy from Brené Brown's The Living Brave Course, Sophie Grow will guide you through a series of writing exercises and reflections to help you hone in on what is most helpful for you in the face of struggle. By the end of the workshop, you will have a written plan on paper--an organized set of tools at the ready the next time you're struggling with depression, anxiety, rage, fear, or intrusive thoughts. This plan can be used to enlist support from family and friends as a sort of guide to how they can support you. This workshop is offered as peer social support, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any mental health or mood disorder.
There is no cost to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
While pre-mobile babies are welcome at our regular support group meeting times, please make other arrangements for infant care and allow yourself the time and space to fully be present in this workshop.
Questions or concerns? Please contact workshop facilitator Sophie Grow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-221-0708.
In this post, Sophie Grow , postpartum doula and perinatal peer support group facilitator, shares with us her thoughts on why creativity is so important for moms, and how to deal with some of the real challenges to getting time to craft! Check out our DIY Sign Making Party on September 16 and get your craft on!
$20 from each sign will be donated to Proud Mama Support Services to fund our perinatal support group.
I spend A LOT of time on Pinterest. It's like my own personalized magazine full of snarky needle point, parenting tools, and DIY home decor and design. Honestly, it's a way I cope with stress and a way I celebrate my moments of time alone.
However, having spent an equally large amount of time with mothers and fathers during pregnancy and the postpartum year, I know firsthand how negatively the Pinterest goblin of perfectionism can affect a person. I hear stories from parents who scroll through all the endless images of clever DIY projects of unattainable perfection only to feel usefless, self - critical, and not enough.
I am honored to visit many families as a postpartum doula, and almost EVERYONE is influenced by the unrealistic perfectionism of Pinterest/Instagram/Facebook. They see all the home projects they can't pursue because there are new demands elsewhere. There's no time to DIY a dreamcatcher from start to finish when baby has thrush and mom has healing to do. Laundry is just kind of getting done; it mostly lives on the couch, guest bed, or in the laundry basket.
Is Pinterest bad? I refuse to think so. It can be channeled for good!
An artistic project has the power to distract during a high-anxiety time. It provides enjoyment and relaxation. I have seen creativity and play help people cope and heal. Coming together with other craft y and creative people is incredibly inspiring and helps spark the inner "me" to keep daydreaming.
Why is it so hard to DIY a craft project in real life? Pinterest makes is look so easy!
To make something yourself, you need space, supplies, tools, set-up time, creative time, and clean-up time. A typical project might take three hours. As a mom, finding three solid hours of uninterrupted to creative time is about as possible as finding a unicorn. That's how rare it is. Most often I'm too tired to drag supplies out anyway, but if I did I'd be overwhelmed by interruptions and tiny "helping" hands. The Project would be archived with the name "Never Done #23."
For a project that costs $45 in materials, I typically spend $120. DIY means I buy full tubes of paint and a real wood burning tool so I can give my project that Pinterest effect that makes everyone say, "You made this?"
There are significant barriers to giving myself creative space to play as a mom, but I. WILL. NOT. GIVE. UP. That's why I love workshops like Sign-Making Workshops with Blissful Signs and Designs, LLC. and Mom's Art Night with Diana Rose Studio. Creativity in a community setting rocks! Plus, there is the added benefit of learning new skills and sharing supplies costs. I can pay a registration fee and know that I am actually saving money because if I bought all the supplies I needed on my own, it would cost even more. Plus, I wouldn't have access to an awesome teacher, or have the fun of making something in the company of other awesome crafters.
A few months ago I went to my first workshop with Blissful Signs and Designs, LLC.
This was a game changer because these workshops have:
1. Dozens of options in sign designs.
2. A giant selection of paints and stains to individualize my project.
3. An expert and comrades there to encourage me see the project to its end.
4. No set up, no trips to craft store, no tear down, and no interruptions from my kids.
5. Ashley was amazing! Even if I was nervous to screw things up, she was obviously the right expert to encourage me to finish. She made me feel far less overwhelmed and mostly EXCITED!
My inner Creative feels both inspired and a bit caged by this whole parenting gig. I'm not even sure what I like making anymore, but it's fun to try new things and explore. I dropped a lot to be a full-on mom. It's time to branch out and conquer a few fears while achieving a big WIN for my Pinterest-inspired home!
Register by September 7 and see you on September 16!
Signs by Blissful Signs and Designs, LLC.
There's no other physical change for human bodies that is as rapid and drastic as pregnancy. In nine months, the body makes enormous adjustments to the alignment of your skeleton and the placement of your core muscles to compensate for a growing baby. Postpartum physical recovery takes time--as much to a year or more for some bodies--and regaining core strength and stability is a key component of that recovery.
Mamalates, a method of Pilates that is specifically designed with the postpartum body in mind, returns to the Willamette Valley this fall!
Taught by Rachel Brinker, founder of Proud Mama Support Services, this 6-week progressive series is the perfect first step back into core strengthening exercise after having a baby.
Safe and effective for common postpartum issues such as diastasis recti, pelvic floor weakness, pelvic organ prolapse, and c-section recovery, this 6-week workshop focuses on how to safely realign the body and connect with the deep core muscles after the drastic changes associated with pregnancy and birth.
In this workshop, you'll learn safe and effective exercises to begin building strength and stability back into your core. You'll also learn that some movements and ab exercises can be unhelpful and counterproductive for regaining core strength after pregnancy.
With a focus on biomechanics and alignment, Rachel's Mamalates classes will lead you to a deeper connection with your postpartum body as well as a greater ease and stability in the everyday movements of mothering. Babies are welcome to join you during class (pre-mobile babies only, please). Even if it's been months or years since giving birth, Mamalates can help you restore optimal alignment and core stability.
Class starts September 21 and meets every Friday at 9:30am-10:30am for six weeks. Register before September 12 to catch the Early Bird Special. Space is limited to six participants, so register today!