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Navigating Maternal Mental Health: A Conversation with Chelsea Bodie, MamaPsychologist

Updated: Feb 19



While she had years of experience in mental health, motherhood brought her a unique set of difficulties that she hadn't even anticipated. In our discussion, she emphasized the importance of seeking support, even when you think you've figured it out.


Check out the blog below with key points, and highlights from the episode for mothers to enhance their mental well-being:


Coping Strategies for Postpartum Challenges:

Chelsea emphasizes the importance of starting small, being intentional with time, and seeking moments of self-care whenever possible. She also recommends movement as a powerful tool for mental well-being. Additionally, she encourages reaching out to support networks and discussing feelings openly with trusted individuals. Chelsea acknowledges that maternal mental health is not confined to the postpartum period. She discusses how mothers face challenges as their children grow and their roles evolve. She shares tips on managing these ongoing challenges, emphasizing the importance of reaching out for help and communicating with partners.


Highly Sensitive Children:

Chelsea and I discussed our children showing characteristics of being highly sensitive. She shares ways to recognize highly sensitive traits in children and offers tips for parents on how to foster emotional intelligence with them. She discusses the importance of sensory breaks, preparation, and emotional validation.


Navigating Family Dynamics:

If you have family members who may disagree with your parenting choices, Chelsea suggests discussing strategies with your partner to tackle the issue and educating family members about your options when possible.


Tricky People vs. Stranger Danger:

Chelsea introduces the "tricky people" concept as a more relevant and helpful approach to teaching children about safety and "Stranger Danger." She emphasizes that it's not about categorizing people as good or bad but focusing on behaviors that might indicate a safety concern. This approach allows children to feel comfortable discussing any uncomfortable situation, whether it involves a stranger or someone they know.


Listen to the full episode here.

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