According to Neal’s Yard Remedies, 70% of women in their 40s and 50s feel they are largely ignored by mainstream media. But if I were to do a poll of my clients I’d suggest that many younger women feel equally disconnected with the images and narrative that they see on a daily basis – particularly new and expectant moms.
Somehow, society has manage to get itself to a ridiculous position where women aren’t supposed to age, have any curves, body hair, signs of having grown and birthed human beings, etc. And when it comes to views on how we should give birth, how we should bring up our children & “bouncing back” after having babies it quite frankly gets ridiculous!
There’s definitely a new narrative on the horizon, but it’s fighting a difficult fight which is made tougher by higher than ever stress levels, lower than ever activity levels and a constant stream of technological information and pressure that never seems to switch off. This is something that we have to get behind though. For our sakes and for our families.
Life is for living. Embrace the experiences that make you who you are and make time to experience them – not everyone is lucky enough to spend so much time on this earth.
Wear your story with pride – your body is an amazing thing and every quirk on it is a story to tell. Be kind to it.
There’s so much power and value in difference – it really wouldn’t do for us all to be the same.
Whilst I don’t claim to have all of the answers, this is something that I’m working on constantly and if you’re struggling and need a bit of a reset, come and join me for my next online challenge. Eating well, sleeping well, managing stress levels and finding time to do more of the things that make you feel happy and good about yourself is exactly what the world needs more of.
(And if you’re interested in learning more about Neal’s Yard, my connection with them and the different ways that you can enjoy the products, head over to my organic health & beauty page.)