As women, we are emotional creatures. It would seem that we, more so than men, have an obvious need to express emotions that rise within us. By articulating or verbalising to another, we feel a huge release. The importance of this release during motherhood is huge, yet varies of course between individuals. However, to say that if we as mothers don't articulate and process the deep emotions and feelings that childbirth, for example, can bring up, we might inadvertently hamper our own mental well-being and perhaps inflict some of the negative build-up on our children. I say this with regret, of course, that it is the reality, from my own experience and my observations of other mothers, often lone-parents with all the tremendous pressure of parenthood on their shoulders. We battle with maintaining some sort of calm and patience throughout all the challenges we experience whilst raising our children and dealing with other life pressures.
The opportunity for me to express some of what I have experienced as a single-mother has been massive. To have the chance to do just that within the warm, relaxed and gentle environment that Mothers Uncovered has offered has made the release ever more meaningful. It has in effect allowed me to process and to move on from negative states of mind and to deal with some challenges with a more positive outlook. Not only this, but by beginning my release, so to speak, I have in fact begun to write more songs, now on the subject of motherhood. These, I hope to share with those who are interested to listen and I will do so with Maggie through the Mothers Uncovered pages if she feels that is appropriate. I do so myself, to share, to express and to connect with other mothers who have experienced or are experiencing similar situations. By communicating, we can become a supportive entity for each other and we can work to reduce or remove feelings of despair, isolation which can lead to depression.
By Lou Noble, Guest Blogger