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Change. We all experience it during our lives, and as mothers we must navigate not only our own life changes but our children's as well.  Life changes or transitions can often bring about wonderful outcomes, but may also feel unwelcome, stressful, and terrifying, especially within the context of motherhood. It is important to put more emphasis on our mental health during such turbulent times and remember that the negative feelings and experiences associated with these changes are only temporary. 


Life transitions that mothers may experience include:

  • Divorce or remarriage

  • Single parenting

  • Relocating

  • Leaving/entering/returning to the workforce

  • Career changes

  • Loss of fertility

  • Loss of a loved one

  • Children beginning school

  • Empty-nesting

  • Growing older

  • Aging parents

  • Becoming a caregiver

  • Acute or chronic illness

  • Financial strain

It is of the utmost importance to give yourself grace during any big change that you experience in life and remember to seek out support for yourself and your mental wellness. 


My preferred methods for working with mothers during difficult life transitions is through the use of ACT, Mindfulness, and the development of peer support. ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) allows us to accept our particular circumstances and feelings during difficult times in our lives, and commit to changing the way in which we perceive and interact with our environment. Mindfulness training teaches mothers the importance of healthy boundaries and self care and gives instruction on how to stay focused on the moment, how to take things in stride, relaxation exercises, and gratitude expressions. Finally, developing outside sources of true support is crucial for mothers to feel validated and connected to others, especially those going through similar circumstances.

Facing and making it through a challenging life transition can seem daunting, but I know you have the strength to make it though to the other side.

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