Why women's health is suffering - where is your JOY?


Post 5 in the series why women's health is suffering

Where is your J O Y?

Do we even know what brings us joy?  A lot of women have lost themselves in the trenches of motherhood, nappy changes, wiping snotty noses, messy meals and piles of laundry and to-do lists. I saw a tarrot card reader when my daughter was 18 months and she said I had lost my sparkle and needed to have some fun. She was so right.

“We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”

Maya Angelou

We can place so much significance on our physical health but what about our emotional health?

Do you get to the end of the day and then crash out only to get up and do it all again the next day? Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Kids seem to have no trouble finding joy in their daily lives. How ironic that us mothers can not always identify, or find, joy when raising kids.

That is not to say our kids don't bring us joy. I have never known joy like it since becoming a mum but I do need my time to cultivate what brings me joy as an individual.

Mindfulness plays a role in me finding joy in the everyday. By finding joy, love and gratitude our brains release healing hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, endorphins. Our bodies enter "rest and digest" (parasympathetic mode) which can help better digest food, strengthen our immune system and lots more...

This links to my previous post {#Post 3} about connection. "Joy is connection" (see the Harvard Grant study, although it studied all men - topic for another day!)

Regarding food, I love the Ayurvedic philosophy of eating as a sacred act. We all must participate in eating at last a couple of times a day. Strive to find the J O Y in shopping for food, preparing food, and enjoying it. The love, joy, and happiness you feel will bring you the energy in it. Food is more than just the calories or sum parts of its nutrients. •

What brings you joy? Reading, baking, sewing, knitting, painting, eating ice cream, organising, listening to a podcast, gardening, walking in the woods, taking a bath, journalling, taking a bath, singing, seeing a classical concert. Just do it!