What is the Contented Family?
The Contented Family aims to promote positive well being through workshops, coaching and blogging.
We are told to eat healthy foods and look after our physical body to prevent illness the Contented Family believes that we should be looking after our minds in the same way. If we took care of our mental well being then in some cases we could prevent mental illness too.
Each year 1 in 4 people suffer mental health issues. Mothers are specifically susceptible; In fact, more women will suffer from postpartum depression and related illnesses this year than the combined number of new cases for men and women of TB, leukaemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.
Our culture is so focused on curing mental illness we don’t stop and wonder if in some cases we could build resilience against it.
The Contented Family want to reach out to people and provide them with the tools and techniques to be truly happy. If we take care of ourselves and our mind when we are well then we are stronger and more equipped to deal with challenging times ahead.
A key part of the Contented Family message is practicality. There are many self help books out there but it can be very difficult to apply these concepts into everyday family life. We use tried and tested methods that work to raise self esteem, self worth, avoid stress and anxiety and provide contentment.
I am a real person though, I am a mother of 3 young children and am by no means perfect. I have good days and bad days and I know the challenges facing families today. Everyday I have to actively decide to be happy, I have to take deliberate steps to protect myself from uncontrollable conditions that could have a negative impact on my well being. I have to make choices that put me first sometimes and that lead to joy.
We put so much pressure on ourselves to be the perfect parent and to give our children the best. The truth is the best for our children is us. For that reason we should take care of ourselves and our own happiness so that our children will learn from the example we set for them.