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ME + MOTHERHOOD with Benita Bensch

ME + MOTHERHOOD is a fortnightly podcast rich with meaningful, inspiring and practical conversations for all mothers who want to reclaim ME in motherhood. This podcast is for you if you are ready to return to yourself through self-exploration, find your spark again in motherhood and give yourself permission to be happier and healthier. Join podcast host Benita Bensch and other special guests to delve deeper into the mother in motherhood, because she who does the holding needs to be held.

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Motherhood and Identity
Send us a Text Message.Motherhood is a profound experience that brings about countless changes. For many women, it comes with a huge identity shift, sometimes even an identity crisis. Before having children, you might have felt like a confident, capable individual with a strong sense of self - but the transition into motherhood can come as quite a shock. A lot of women feel out of control, overwhelmed, isolated and like they no longer have a sense of self. In 2018, I hit a wall—an experience I term as "falling into the black hole." I felt lost, my confidence shattered, and my identity blurred. Transitioning from an ambitious career woman to a mother gave me so much joy, but it was also incredibly challenging. I was left grappling with the question— "Who am I now?" Who Are You Really?Motherhood not only alters your routines but also your inner world and this transformation involves meeting and embracing a new version of yourself. The truth is, the roles we identify with—wife, mother, daughter, colleague, friend —don’t define us. You are not just the roles you play or the titles you bear. You are not merely your thoughts, physical body, feelings, behaviour, or career. When you strip all of those things away, you are a soul—a spiritual entity living a human experience. Navigating the Enormous ChangesNikki McCahon, a leader in matrescence education, writes about the various changes women go through when entering motherhood. It’s not just a matter of things changing physically. In various ways, we all experience an upheaval in our psychological, relational, spiritual, cultural, career, economic, and political lives. It's no surprise that amidst all these changes, you might feel lost, questioning what you’re doing wrong. But know that these changes are part of an immense, transformative process and you are not alone. Reflect and Reconnect to Your True SelfIf you’re struggling with your sense of identity in motherhood, ask yourself these questions:When do I feel like me?What do I love?What am I good at?What comes naturally to me?Even amidst the chaos of motherhood, take a few minutes to journal or reflect on these questions. Remember, you are worthy and valuable simply because you are you. Your worthiness is never in question, even if your confidence wavers.Connecting with yourself at a soul level, away from labels and titles, is vital. Recognise the need to update your self-image to reflect who you are now, not who you were before having children. Allow yourself to explore and remember who you truly are underneath the daily roles and responsibilities.If you feel the need for support, consider seeking guidance from someone external to help navigate your way through these changes. Establishing a new direction and understanding your true self can be profoundly empowering. And above all, know that even in those dark moments, you have the inFind free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
17:52 7/16/24
Why Your Words Matter + Motherhood Affirmations
Send us a Text Message.Words are not just sounds; they are vibrations that shape our entire world. Believe it or not, the stories you tell yourself are ruling your life and these stories can either empower you or hold you back. The choice is completely up to you. We all have those repetitive stories - the ones embedded in our minds from past experiences, conditioning, and the environments we grew up in. These narratives feel so true because they've been echoed in our minds for years.But when was the last time you took a step back to observe those stories? Take a moment to reflect on which stories are true and which you should discard. Remember, you are the author of your life. Your story can always be edited.Listen to Your Inner DialogueOften, our internal stories affirm our negative beliefs. Have you noticed how one negative thought can spiral into many more? Whatever we focus on, we move toward. Start by noticing your inner dialogue. Observe the thoughts that pop into your mind and the words you say out loud. Are these thoughts serving you or holding you back?Take note of patterns when you hear yourself being self-critical or when you use words that are self-limiting. By catching these moments, you can begin to rewrite them. For example, instead of saying, "I can't do this," shift your language to, "I'm learning and getting better at this."It’s not about being fake or succumbing to toxic positivity. It’s about becoming aware of your inner dialogue and catching yourself when you set limiting boundaries for yourself. It’s about noticing your thoughts and recognising that they are just stories. Thoughts aren’t always the truth. Re-frame Stories Through AffirmationsI use affirmations every day to reframe my thoughts, especially when I’m feeling more vulnerable. For me, I know that when I’m tired or sick or when my family is sick, the catastrophising goes downhill quite quickly, so using affirmations is a powerful way to bring my thoughts back into alignment. Here are some of my favourites:I always have time for what’s important to me.Everything is working out for me.Life is happening for me, not to me.There's always tomorrow.Speaking out these affirmations helps foster a more positive internal dialogue and almost instantly changes the way I feel in my body. Again, it’s not about ignoring how you feel, it’s about choosing to re-frame the story in a more empowering way. I’ve seen these principles at work in my own life and in the lives of those I coach. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, instead of saying, "I’m so busy," try saying "I'm managing my time well, and I’m in control.” This subtle shift in language can drastically alter how you feel and how you approach your day.Be Kind to YourselfAs you go through this process, be gentle and compassionate with yourself. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s about making consistent, small adjustments.Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
17:42 7/2/24
43rd Birthday: Reflecting On The Last Year
Send us a Text Message.As I celebrate my 43rd birthday, I find myself reflecting on the journey of the past year. It’s been a period filled with growth, challenges, and ultimately, a great deal of personal development. From Farm to Town LifeOne of the most significant changes in the past year has been our move from the farm to town life in Goondiwindi. For almost a decade, our family lived on a farm near Moonie, engaged in a agricultural business we ran with my parents and family. However, in 2023, we made the challenging decision to relocate to town during the school terms, and then full time in town in 2024.The Freedom and Challenges of Town LifeI’ve greatly enjoyed being able to grab a coffee in town, an indulgence that seemed so simple yet luxurious. It’s the little things you notice the most.Working with a personal trainer has been another highlight. What started as a weight-loss journey evolved into something much more profound, impacting my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. While town life has its perks, it also brought its own set of challenges. Adjusting to the separation from the farm was tough. My connection to the land runs deep, and leaving behind what we thought would be our forever home was heart-wrenching. Growing Through Personal ChallengesMy personal journey over the past year has been marked by several health challenges, including a knee injury that required multiple surgeries. This taught me patience and the importance of prioritising my well-being. It also made me realise the significance of daily movement and a balanced lifestyle for my mental health.Solo parenting has been yet another hurdle. With Adam at the farm during the week, I have been in charge of parenting the boys and being there for all the after school activities. I’ve realised that I’m easily overstimulated, especially from the chaos when my boys come home from school. Discovering that I'm a highly sensitive person has helped me understand why I become easily overstimulated and what steps I need to take to manage it.Support Systems and Personal GrowthReaching out for help has been crucial. Whether it’s hiring a cleaner or having someone assist with house chores, these supports have been invaluable. They have allowed me to focus on my children and my personal growth without feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks.Additionally, mentors and health practitioners have played essential roles in my journey. Focusing on foundational aspects like sleep, hydration, nutrition, and mental health has been life-changing. Embracing Creativity and the Big PictureThis year, I’ve also made space for my creative side, whether it’s through singing or simply going for a walk and allowing my mind to wander. These activities nourish my soul. Reflecting on this past year, I’m filled with gratitude for the journey and the lessons learned. Each challenge has beenFind free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
26:29 6/18/24
Writing Your Own Rules of Motherhood
Send us a Text Message.What does it mean to be the “perfect” mother? And is this a standard that we should even remotely be trying to live up to?For some background, listen to episode 26 where I chat with Dr. Sophie Brock, a mentor of mine who specialises in this area and with whom I completed my Motherhood Studies Practitioner Certification. She has a fantastic podcast called "The Good Enough Mother" that you should definitely check out.Firstly, let's acknowledge the pressure. Social media, movies, even our own upbringings bombard us with unrealistic expectations of what motherhood should look like. This constant comparison can be a recipe for guilt, shame, and exhaustion.Professor Andrea O'Reilly outlines eight societal rules of perfect motherhood that contribute to this myth. These include the idea that mothers must be the sole caregivers, available 24/7, prioritise their children's needs above all else, and constantly strive for perfection. It's an impossible standard!Here's the liberating truth: there is no such thing as a perfect mother. Dr. Sophie Brock shares that internalising these pressures can lead to significant stress, anxiety, and depression.The good news is, we can rewrite the rules!Here's how to get started:Identify your triggers. Notice when you feel that familiar guilt or shame. Is it mealtimes? Screen time? Make a note of these situations.Challenge your thoughts. These triggers are clues that you're holding yourself to an unrealistic standard.Rewrite your rule. For each trigger, write down a new rule that reflects your values and priorities as a mother. For example, "I am a good enough mother when I get healthy food on the table most nights, not every night."Embrace "good enough." Remember, your worth is not defined by your mothering. You are inherently good enough.This journey of rewriting the rules is empowering. It allows you to create a motherhood experience that works for you and your family.Remember, you are strong, capable, and enough exactly as you are.Links:Episode 26 with Dr Sophie BrockThe Good Enough Mother Podcast Amy Taylor-KabbazNikki McCahonFind free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
14:59 6/4/24
Managing Your Mind When Sickness Invades Your Home
Send us a Text Message.Being a mum is amazing, but let's be honest, it's also very hard work! And when sickness hits your house, it can feel like everything explodes into chaos. I know for me personally, I find not only my physical health deteriorates if I’m unwell, but my mental health really takes a dive. So I thought it may be helpful to share some strategies that I have to help improve your mindset when those germs come knocking.What I’ve found to be powerful: shift your focus. Our thoughts are powerful things. Instead of stewing about how ill you feel, find some gratitude. Maybe you're grateful your kids are finally sleeping through the night (even if it's because they're knocked out by a cold). Think positive thoughts! Imagine yourself getting healthier with every sunrise.Feeling like you're gonna lose it? Take a deep breath! Deep breathing is amazing for calming your nerves and reminding you that this too shall pass. You’re not in any immediate threat and you are safe. Getting some sunshine and fresh air works wonders too.Need a little mood boost? Turn on some happy music, listen to a guided meditation, or find some funny videos online. Anything that makes you smile is a win.The bottom line is this: you're not alone. Every mum faces these battles. By using these simple tips, you can weather the storm of sickness and come out the other side feeling calmer and more positive. Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
14:47 5/21/24
What Singing Lessons Have Taught Me About Taking Up Space
Send us a Text Message.As a Mum of four, coach and multiple business owner, I spend most of my days listening, nurturing, and getting things done. There's not always a lot of room for, well, me.This year, I decided to change that. I started thinking about what I could do as a hobby that was purely for myself. It didn’t have to be connected to any particular career aspirations or life goals, it just had to feel like it was just for me. The more I thought about it, I decided singing lessons would be something I’d like to try, although the thought of it made my palms sweaty. But I was determined to step out of my comfort zone and discover more about myself as a person.I’d always enjoyed singing as a young girl (didn’t we all dance and sing into the hairbrush as a teen?) and I signed up for singing lessons with the amazing Jayden who is seriously the most encouraging human ever.Let me tell you, those first few lessons were rough. My inner critic was having a field day – who did I think I was, belting out tunes in a room, even if it was a soundproof shed. But Jayden kept pushing me to "take up space," to embrace the sound of my own voice, wobbly notes and all.And guess what? It's been incredible. Singing lessons have become more than just learning proper technique and focusing on my breathing. They've become a way to reconnect with my playful side, to let go of control and just have fun making weird noises (yes, weird noises are part of the curriculum).More importantly, it's shown my kids a different side of me. They see me learning something new, embracing challenges, and maybe even butchering a song or two. I’m not attached to the outcome and I know practice is progress. They’re learning that too. It's a powerful message – that it's okay to pursue your passions, no matter your age or skill level.This weekend, I'm even doing a performance with Jayden's other students! Nervous? Absolutely. But also excited to step outside my comfort zone and, well, take up some space.So, I pose a challenge to you: how are you taking up space in your life? Are there dreams you've put on hold? Maybe it's time to dust them off and give them a go. You might be surprised at what you discover about yourself.Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
14:14 5/7/24
Taking A Podcasting Break And Why
Send us a Text Message.“Is this decision serving me to my greater good?”This is one of the questions I want to leave you with as I take a break from this podcast.I have found making the decision to put the podcast, and other parts of my business on hold to be incredibly difficult, and I understand that readjusting your priorities can be hard, but you are important and your health is important.Adam and I are off to forge our own path in our farming business and as we make plans and decide what that will look like for us and our family I want to be there for all of it by having the headspace and capacity to be fully present, and to be emotionally available for my family.My deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to you for tuning into ME + MOTHERHOOD over this year and for joining in on the conversations.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
38:25 11/14/23
Dr Sophie Brock On The Perfect Mother Myth And Social Construct Of Motherhood
Send us a Text Message.Dr Sophie Brock is a motherhood studies sociologist and mother living in Sydney, Australia. She provides analysis of motherhood in our culture and the ways individual experiences of mothers are shaped by broader social constructs.Sophie's work contributes to changing the cultural conversation on motherhood and the individual experiences of mothers to create a world where mothers feel empowered, supported and valued.In this episode we cover:Dr Sophie’s Fish Tank of Motherhood analogy for understanding social constructThe power of rewriting the narrative around motherhood, shifting from victimhood to agency and the concept of the “good enough mother”The impact of societal constructs and culture on experiences of motherhood and the need for questioning of societal norms and expectationsThe “perfect mother myth” and addressing anger, understanding triggers and finding productive ways to respondAs you navigate your own motherhood journey and the challenges of being a mum, it’s crucial to remember that you are not alone. Together, we can debunk harmful narratives, validate our experiences and work towards a society where mothers feel supported and valued.The wisdom and practical experience that Dr Sophie shares in this episode is going to be incredibly impactful on your motherhood journeyBenita xConnect with Dr Sophie Brock:The 'Fish-Tank' of Motherhood ModelThe Good Enough Mother PodcastBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
36:21 10/31/23
My Motherhood Story: Steph Schmidt
Send us a Text Message.“Our challenges now will be their strengths in the future” shares Steph Schmidt on navigating her motherhood journey.Steph is a psychologist working in farmer mental health and grassroots and community based strategies. She is also a mother to 3 boys and alongside her husband runs a sheep and cropping farm in South Australia.Steph openly admits that she has found motherhood to be the hardest thing she has ever done, and has navigated raising 3 sparkler boys on a busy farm whilst battling postnatal depression. In this episode we cover:Navigating the ups and downs of motherhood and embracing the different seasons that come with itThe challenges and joys Steph has experienced balancing farmwork, solo parenting and prioritising what is most important in lifeEmbracing authenticity while sharing personal experiences and respecting the privacy of othersWhat Steph knows about motherhood now that she wishes she knew back at the beginning of her journeySteph’s experience with postnatal depressionSteph is incredibly open and honest about the challenges and joys that she has faced on her motherhood journey so far and I know that you will take so much of her wisdom with you.Benita xConnect with Steph’s Story: https://www.gidgetfoundation.org.au/stories/stephanie-schmidts-storyBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
58:07 10/17/23
Your Two Most Powerful Words
Send us a Text Message.“I am”Have you ever thought about the power and potency of these words?What we impress on our subconscious mind is what comes to reality for us.The power that words hold for us can easily be overlooked or thrown to the side, and in the last 18 months I have become aware that since I was a teenager I have been managing a tendency towards anxiety and made the conscious decision to never say “I am anxious”.Why?Because when I say those words, I feel my heart skip a beat and the anxiety within me.This is a short episode to help you understand the importance of these two powerful words and how you can use everyday language to empower yourself and be the person you want to be.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
12:49 10/3/23
Sunny Roberts On How To Keep Your Relationship Alive Post-Kids
Send us a Text Message.Sunny Roberts is deeply passionate about helping women return to their feminine energy. Born and raised in Germany and working in a corporate career she spent her 20s operating in masculine push mode and burnt out at 28 which led her to become a yoga and mindfulness teacher. Becoming a mum of two boys she found herself struggling in her own marriage of 7 years and was ready to give up when she discovered that embracing her feminine energy was the key to lasting connection and love in her relationship.Today she is on a mission to help other women have the same awakening. Sunny deeply believes that every woman deserves to feel loved and cherished in her relationship. What separates Sunny from others in this space is that she actually lives what she talks about. In this episode we cover:Navigating the challenges of parenthood and maintaining a healthy relationship amidst the chaos.How Sunny rediscovered and embraced her femininity as a means of improving personal satisfaction and relationship dynamics.The importance of prioritising your time and effort in nurturing the relationship between partners as parents.Seeking help and support from professionals to facilitate important conversations and navigate relationship difficulties.The transformative journey of self-discovery and identity redefinition in the context of motherhood and partnership.This is a beautiful conversation focused around the stages of relationships and challenges faced by parents and how you can navigate through these seasons.I know you will love getting to know Sunny and our conversation.Benita xConnect with Sunny:Instagram: @wholehearted.womanJoin the Wholehearted Woman Facebook Community Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
50:19 9/19/23
My Motherhood Story: Kate Fisher
Send us a Text Message.**Themes of mental health, pregnancy loss, medical trauma and women’s health issues.**This is not an episode for little people's ears. Pop your headphones on, or listen to it when you're alone.“I’ve really learned that the best parents, and the best mums that I know are the ones that become the parent that their child needs them to be” shares Kate Fisher on her motherhood experience.Kate is a fierce blood donation advocate and is the creator of the Milkshakes for Marleigh blood donation movement and podcast. She is also a child centre play therapist working with children and families who have experienced medical traumaKate and her husband Geoff have four children, three of those living, with her youngest having autoimmune encephalitis and accompanied by their additional family member, Patty the seizure response and autism assistance dog.In this episode we cover:How Kate sums up her motherhood experience and her road to welcoming children into the worldGratitude, permission and the role of support networks for infertility and motherhoodNavigating a pandemic with an immunocompromised childNavigating family life with three children with various neurodevelopmental disabilities and a critical health conditionLeaning in and leaning out, navigating survival mode and finding what serves Kate as a mum through difficult timesThis is a deep and heavy conversation in parts and there is so much more that we cover than what is written here.I know that there are mother’s out there that will benefit from hearing about Kate’s motherhood story.Benita xConnect with Kate:Hear more about Marleigh’s story on the Milkshakes for Marleigh Podcast: Spotify or AppleJoin the Milkshakes for Marleigh Lifeblood Team: 131 495Instagram: @katefisherplaytherapy and @milkshakes_for_marleighWebsite: milkshakesformarleigh.orgBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
52:51 9/5/23
Navigating Burnout And The Black Hole In 2018
Send us a Text Message.My own invisible battle.This has been on my heart for a while now, and it will give you some context for the work that I do with mums, my experiences and hardships with mental health from my own motherhood journey.In this episode I share a very personal, raw and vulnerable letter that I wrote in November 2018 and emailed to a group of Mums around the same stage of motherhood I was.At the time of writing this letter I was finding my feet again after burnout, postnatal anxiety, and probably postnatal depression, though I didn't have a handle on those terms at the time. I wrote it because I wanted other mums to know that I wasn't always the 'supermum' they thought I was (a smile can cover up a lot!) and that they weren’t alone if they had felt the same way I did.I also chat about:A little life update post ACL surgeryMy invisible struggle with mental health as a mumFinding joy, creativity and a way to contribute meaningfully through my personal developmentWhy I don’t think it’s healthy to put a spotlight on the term “supermum”The strength and realisation I found in writing out my struggle and how I got support to move through “The Black Hole”I know that this letter will resonate with so many mums out there who are going through their own invisible struggle too. I want you to know that you’re never alone!Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
27:46 8/22/23
Katrina Myers On Productivity And The Cost Of Saying Yes
Send us a Text Message.Katrina is a Meditation and Wellbeing educator, a fourth generation farmer and co-owner of the family run business, Barham Avocados. Katrina is a passionate rural advocate who cares deeply about rural and regional Australia and is on a mission to support Rural Women to thrive and lead through her Meditation and Mindset Training Business. Her experience travelling all over the world shaped her desire to build strong and supportive rural communities with thriving people to enhance a sense of belonging and to encourage entrepreneurism and innovation. She hosts a podcast called This Rural Life and runs a boutique accommodation offering on their farm near Barham. Katrina has been a panellist on Q+A and has featured on ABCs Women’s Work program Smiling Mind campaigns as well as various radio interviews.In this episode we cover:Katrina’s view on productivity as a busy mum of four juggling life and business and how you can be more productive through doing less.The importance of practising presence and getting off the hamster wheel of endless thoughts and multitasking in our mind.Laying the important foundations of sleep, rest, food and movement to be able to achieve the incredible things that you are here to achieve.What we, as women, need to get better at considering when it comes to saying yes, and being honest with ourselves about our capacity and priorities.Why Katrina loves meditation and her top 3 strategies for managing a full plate with joy and ease.This conversation is all about productivity vs presence and the question “When you say yes to something, what are you saying no to?”I know so many of you will love this conversation.Benita xConnect with Katrina:Wellbeing, Meditation, Podcast: @katrina_myers_Lost and Found Retreat: @lostandfoundbarhamBarham Avocados: @barhamavocadoswww.katrinamyers.com.auwww.barhamavocados.com.auBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
43:13 8/8/23
My Motherhood Story: Riana Davis
Send us a Text Message. “No matter how fiercely independent you are and how much you struggle to ask for help, when push comes to shove, you end up having to ask for help” shares Riana Davis on her motherhood lessons.Riana has been officially part of our family for around 10 years, and I am so grateful to call her my sister-in-law. Riana is married to my younger brother Shawn and together they have two young girls aged 7 and 9 who are the most incredible little humans.As far as mums go Riana is incredible and she has joined me on the podcast to share her motherhood story which includes the loneliness, difficulty and fullness that comes with being a mum. In this episode we cover:How Riana sums up her motherhood experience so farThe importance of creating a village around you, and how this can go well beyond family and comes in all different shapes and sizesNavigating motherhood when her husband is out of the house from 5am each morning, and making millions of little decisions each day on your ownThe greatest joys Riana has experienced as a mum, along with the greatest challengesWorking through making tough decisions and having neurodivergent childrenThere’s so much more that Riana and I touch on in this episode as well, including the importance of being open and honest about the struggles that come with motherhood so that others don’t feel so alone.I know so many of you will love this conversation.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306 Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
58:26 7/25/23
The Art Of Trying: An Introduction
Send us a Text Message.The Art of Trying.In this context, trying is the colloquial term used to describe the process of deliberately timing intercourse to coincide with ovulation for the purpose of creating an embryo.It implies action.I came to detest the word trying because it invoked in me a sense of hard work, futility and never quite getting there.It’s also the title of my book.Whilst my husband and I now have 4 beautiful children, it was a long journey filled with dark and light while trying to conceive at different times over 7 years.If you are currently experiencing an underlying pain of things happening or not happening for you this little bite sized episode is a note to you to let you know that I get it.Benita xPS. This episode comes from the preface of my book, The Art of Trying. If you’d like to read a little more, you can download a free copy of chapter 1 here: https://benitabensch.com/the-art-of-trying/#freePSS. BUSY MUMS! THIS IS FOR YOU!Join me for a free mid-year check-in, training, opportunity for self exploration, coaching with Benita AND a giveaway!Head to my website at https://benitabensch.com/reset/ Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
13:40 6/13/23
Maddy Bento On Mental Health, Dieting And Body Image In Motherhood
Send us a Text Message.Maddy Bento is a degree qualified nutritionist working in the body image and intuitive eating space.She was an exhausted mumma who was trying so hard to eat “perfectly” and her mental health suffered, along with her relationship with her body health and food.Maddy has since learnt about Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) and has not only transformed her own relationship with food and her body, but does so for other mums that have become caught up in trying so hard to be “healthy” and follow the “rules” only to have their mental health suffer from it.In this episode we cover:What drove Maddy towards body acceptance coaching and intuitive eatingHow Maddy worked on her own relationship with her body and food to improve her mental healthChanges in body image and mental health of women during pregnancy and post birthWhere guilt and shame stem from when it comes to food and eating habitsHow decision fatigue plays into women not nourishing their bodies and mindsDieting, vulnerability and letting go of the need to control what’s happening around youMaddy reminds us all that your weight is not your worth.There are incredible things about each and everyone of us, as humans, sisters, daughters, mothers and none of them are related to the weight on a scale.I know so many of you will love this conversation.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
58:58 5/30/23
My Motherhood Story: Kylee Curtis
Send us a Text Message.“Because ultimately for them to become adults, they need to be able to learn along the way” shares Kylee Curtis on walking the line between expectations and nurturing individuality in her children.Kylee is my older sister and she has been an incredible role model to me, and as far as mum’s go, she’s pretty amazing.Kylee’s children are older than mine. She has a 14, 16 and 18 year old so we are at very different stages of our motherhood journeys, and she is joining me on the podcast to discuss her experience with motherhood and what it’s like to get to where she is in her journey.In this episode we cover:How Kylee sums up her motherhood experience to this pointHer core philosophy that shaped her through all the different phases that she has gone through as a mumThe greatest challenges, joys and learnings Kylee has experienced along the wayThe experience of watching your children blossom into being their own unique individualsEstablishing boundaries without guilt and learning to give yourself a break.This conversation with Kylee was a beautiful one, and she generously shares so much about herself, her family and the phases we go through as our children grow.I know so many of you will love this conversation.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
44:37 5/16/23
Managing Decision Fatigue To Improve Dinner Bath Bed Time
Send us a Text Message.Do you think it’s possible to feel good during the afternoon and evening regardless of the chaos that might be happening around you?There is a lot of focus on our morning routines and I absolutely believe in starting the day with a routine that makes you feel good and gives you a high vibration to carry throughout the day.However, I don’t think we spend enough time talking about afternoon and evening energy and routine, and how we can support ourselves (especially as mothers) to create a more easeful and less stressful end to the day.In this episode I chat about:How decision fatigue can affect us during the afternoon and eveningHow we can feel good later in the day no matter what’s happening around usThe importance of recognising what is and isn’t within your controlWhy I want you to know what your triggers are5 strategies to help you manage decision fatigue at the end of the dayLearning about decision fatigue was a game changer for me and I hope this episode is the same for you.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
29:46 5/2/23
Megan Hillukka On Grief And Anxiety After Child Loss
Send us a Text Message.Trigger Warning: Child LossMegan Hillukka is a bereaved mother, with 7 children, one who died suddenly at 15 months old - her precious Aria.Because of Aria, Megan now encourages and supports grieving mothers that though the worst thing has happened to them, their life is not over. She is the creator of a space called Grieving Moms Haven, where she helps moms learn how to process and move through the emotions of grief through meditation, tapping meditation, breath work and other mindfulness practices. Grieving Mom's Haven also provides a place of safety and compassion within grief, so that these moms can feel themselves again and hope for their future.This episode is emotional and powerful and I believe it is a very important conversation for us to be having.In this episode we cover:Megan’s own journey with grief and trauma as a bereaved motherHow and why she made the decision to support other grieving mothersThe layers of grief that losing a child brings and the trauma that comes alongside this lossHow grieving mothers can begin to ease their painThe importance of mindfulness and getting to know your bodyThe impact that Grieving Mom’s Haven is having for other women and on MeganWhat Megan wants you to know if you are grieving the loss of a childThese conversations aren’t easy, but they are important ones to have, and I am so grateful for Megan for using her experience to inform, guide and support other women. Sending you love as you listen to this and an extra big hug to those of you living through the unspeakable pain of child loss.Connect with MeganWebsite: www.meganhillukka.comInstagram: @cultivatedfamilyMegan's membership is open at the end of each month at www.grievingmomshaven.comShe also has a free video on anxiety and grief on her website at www.meganhillukka.comBenita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
67:40 4/18/23
My Motherhood Story: Terri Williams
Send us a Text Message.“It sets up an automatic kind of rule book or framework or structure that we then automatically compare ourselves to, analyse and wonder” shares Terri Williams of her Motherhood Story and being questioned around going back to work.There is a 10 year age gap between myself and my younger sister, Terri Williams.Terri got married in 2020 and had her little baby girl in 2022 who is now about to turn one so we are in quite different stages of our motherhood journeys. In this episode Terri is joining me to discuss her experience of being a first time mum and finding balance in her life again.In this episode we cover:How Terri sums up her motherhood experience so farThe impact that being a new mother has on your relationship with your partnerHow Terri is addressing the pressure felt around going back to paid workThe top 3 things that being a mother has taught Terri about herselfComparison, pressure and evaluating priorities as a mumThis is a beautiful conversation about Terri’s motherhood story so far and she shares so honestly and openly about her challenges and joys in the past 12 months.I know so many of you will benefit from this conversation.Registrations are open until this Friday March 31st for the Rise & Shine Retreat. You can find more information over at benitabensch.com/retreat.Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
44:58 4/4/23
BONUS EPISODE. You're Invited To The Rise & Shine Retreat
Send us a Text Message.Have you been feeling the call to connect in person?In my mind there’s really no substitute for meeting in person and after a couple of years of having no in person events, I have been feeling a really strong desire to create an event that can bring this incredible community together.This episode is dedicated to our Rise and Shine Retreat that I am co-hosting with Sunny Roberts from Wholehearted Woman.In this episode, I am talking through:Why I am hosting this retreatWhat it’s like to go on a retreat for those of you that may be a little nervous about going on a retreat for the first timeMy intention for the retreat and a bit of an insight into what will be happeningWhat I wish for those who are attending to get out of this experienceIf you are feeling drawn to join us, there is a reason that you feel that. It’s your intuition or a little nudge from the universe that this is an experience that is for you and where you’re at in life right now.Sunny and I have created a spacious schedule with so many experiences including meditation and yoga, a workshop about cooking sustainable and nourishing food, a sacred cacao ceremony and more so that you have time to relax alongside stepping out of your comfort zone a little.Registrations are open until March 31st 5pm AEST and you can find more information over at benitabensch.com/retreat.If you have any questions, please reach out and I look forward to meeting some of you there.Benita xFind free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
21:15 3/28/23
6 Lessons From Mothers Group
Send us a Text Message.Mothers Group was a lifeline for me as a new Mum. It was a highlight of my week, providing sanity-saving adult connection, a reason to leave the house (even when it was hard!), valuable support and information. The bonds we formed in that Mothers Group have lasted for years.On the day of recording this episode I had visited the same Mothers Group service, in the same room, 9 years on from my own time there. I was a guest, there to discuss matrescence, identity shift, mental health, self care, and the power of your words. It’s a true privilege and something I love doing.This episode reveals 6 lessons I learned from Mothers Group that morning, as well as my perspective and suggestions on each one. Those lessons are:Our opinions and comments to expecting and new Mums have a big impact.Mum guilt is still a major thing.Courageously opening up about challenges, depression and anxiety helps everyone.The ‘who is this new version of me?’ feeling is real, and strong.What we think and say to ourselves most often really matters!Mum shaming happens and it’s not okay!These are important lessons we all need to pay attention to in order to move forward as a Society that sees, hears, and supports mothers in a better way. Let’s all play our part in new and different conversations.***Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
26:55 3/21/23
Karen Brook On Consciously Creating, And Ditching Mum Guilt
Send us a Text Message.A wife, Mum of 2 boys AND high performance mindset coach who helps people create extraordinary results, CEO of a 7 figure business, and top 1% Proctor Gallagher Institute Consultant. I’m talking about the powerhouse that is Karen Brook. Karen says that she asked these questions of herself even before starting a family: “What did I want motherhood to look like for me? What did I want my story to be?”This powerful conversation is all about choosing the attitude of AND in life, not either/or. We talk about energetics, growth, attitude, Mum guilt, consciously creating, motherhood by design, living the effortless way, and more. In this episode we cover:What’s at the heart of Karen’s coaching and what she teaches.What gets in the way of most people living how they truly want to live.How motherhood has shaped Karen and what she values most.What success means to her and what her philosophies, tips and systems are that support Karen to do what she does.Her view on creating the results you desire in your life.What’s coming up for Karen Brook International in 2023.I was a client of Karen’s for almost 4 consecutive years and without question she’s had a profound influence on my life. She is still a valued mentor of mine and the relationships I’ve formed through Karen’s programs are with me for life.***Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
60:13 3/7/23
My Motherhood Story: Jacqui Doyle
Send us a Text Message.“It’s easier to be courageous for your child than it is to be courageous for yourself,” shares Jacqui Doyle, the first guest of the ME+MOTHERHOOD ‘My Motherhood Story’ series of conversations with incredible Mums.Like all mothers, Jacqui has experienced her share of ups and downs - the pure joy of the precious moments, blended with the struggle to become a parent, postnatal depression, a body forever changed since childbirth, managing her health and navigating her way through motherhood to reclaim her sense of self and trust in her body.Jacqui’s vulnerability, honesty and generous insight in this episode gives so much; leaving you with new strategies, the knowledge that you are never alone, and that you too can get through hard things. She has a quiet strength and grit about her, melded with a beautiful softness and big heart open to learning, integrating and finding the support she needs.This is a raw and real conversation and you will love Jacqui as much as I do.Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
56:21 2/21/23
Powerful Questions For 2023
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back for Season 2 of ME + MOTHERHOOD! I hope 2023 is off to a great start for you and yours! This is a short and snappy episode to reconnect with you, and to get you thinking about what’s important to you this year. Instead of discussing goals, I invite you to consider three other powerful questions to shape your decisions and approach in 2023.I also reflect on what personal growth means, why it’s addictive, and share some of the growth stories that clients of mine have experienced in the past 6 months.If you’ve been focusing on everything but yourself over the holiday period, this is a great episode to tune into with a blank sheet of paper and your favourite drink. It’s time to put the spotlight back on you mumma.Thank you for tuning in. Benita xBe kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
14:51 2/7/23
2022 Reflections On Life, Business And Motherhood
Send us a Text Message.2022, where did you go!? For this last episode of Season 1 of ME + MOTHERHOOD I took a little longer in order to reflect on the year that’s been. Reflection is incredibly powerful, and important, and I encourage you to do it for yourself! It reveals important information for us to respond to.For me, 2022 has been a year of self-exploration and uncovering for me what it means to heal, thrive and lean into the person I am becoming. In this episode I chat about:A wrap up of the year and what I've learned, including my most significant personal challenge this year.Finishing the year with gratitude.What's coming up in 2023!We had our first Mother’s Circle in GLOW today. It was beautiful, cleansing, grounding and above all else, connected us as women having a human experience amongst all of life’s ebbs and flows. There was a lot of end-of-year overwhelm. This time of year is a lot. Too much. As a Society we need to change it! Or as individuals we need to make new choices for our health and wellbeing. When you can, take time amongst the noise to sit in quiet reflection.I hope that what I share in this episode is supportive for you. Blessings for the festive season and enjoy a break. Thank you for your support of my podcast so far - I am very grateful. See you in February for the beginning of Season 2!With love and gratitude,Benita x***Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
36:19 12/13/22
The Power Of Permission And How To Give It To Yourself
Send us a Text Message.Right now, what do you need to give yourself permission to be, do, have or give?What do you hear whispering quietly within you, waiting and wanting you to bring to life? If you would only give yourself permission, what do you really desire?This podcast episode is a loving kick up the butt from me to give yourself permission. Don’t wait for a permission slip any longer - give it to yourself! This is your life and you only get one shot at it.In this episode, I dive into why giving yourself permission is key, and how to do it. We chat about:The importance of permissionWhere do you need to give yourself permission?What comes before and after (decision... action)There is a full lesson devoted to decision and permission in my Illuminate Coaching Program and ‘giving myself permission’ is one of the most common and biggest breakthroughs that the Mums I work with share in the program feedback.Really pause and ask yourself: Where is a lack of permission holding me back? Where can I give myself permission? I invite you to declare right now that 2023 will be the year you give yourself permission to be, do, have and give more of what’s true for you!Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
20:18 11/29/22
3 Strategies To Find Your Spark Again
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever felt like you’ve lost your spark in motherhood? What I mean by this is when you feel flat, like you’re going through the daily motions of life, lacking in meaning and purpose. It feels like there’s a bucket over your inner light and it’s barely flickering. You may feel this way when:For any number of reasons you have been forced to, or chosen to, give up, or put to the side what lights you up.You used to know what lights you up but now you don’t know if or how that fits into your life or if it’s what you want anymore.You are going through significant challenges in your life such as tragedy or illness.When you feel like you’ve lost your spark you might feel downright awful, confused, lost, lacking in confidence, or maybe just have a feeling that you need to tweak something.In this episode I explore three strategies you can use right away to help find your spark again. They are:Ask the hard questionsReconnect with your giftsFind the courage to take a stepI hope what I share ignites something within you to help you find your spark again. And of course, this is the work I specialise in and am here to support you with, through my Illuminate Group Coaching Program and GLOW Membership.Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
23:13 11/15/22
My 15 Best-Of Motherhood Lessons So Far
Send us a Text Message.There’s no instruction manual for motherhood. I sometimes wish there was but also wonder: would I read it, or toss it to the side like a set of IKEA instructions? What I’ve found to be true is that even with an abundance of information at my fingertips, there’s no escape from living through, and learning from, the lessons we are dealt on the journey of motherhood.This episode is a personal reflection on 15 of my best-of motherhood lessons so far. I probably could have shared 50 of them! These were the first 15 that came to mind and I expand on each of them individually in this episode:How my relationship with my partner has changed and adaptedConsistency is important, and also difficult (for me)3 months is not the magic numberMotherhood is a journey of self discovery and our children are our greatest teacherThe effects of sleep deprivation are realDon’t hit pause… keep doing what brings you joyMatrescence is great to understandHousework is not motherhoodFind more help, support and a communityMotherhood is an AND game, not an either/or gameA mother’s strength knows no boundsI/you/we are normal, it’s not just me/youMotherhood is co-creative with our childrenThe perfect mother myth impacts on usEverything is a phaseI’d love to hear your best-of motherhood lessons so far! Tag me @benitabensch or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook.Be kind to yourself as you listen to this. If this, or any, ME + MOTHERHOOD podcast episode ‘triggers you’ or raise issues for you, I urge you to reach out and speak to a professional on any one of these related support lines: Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467Blue Knot Helpline: 1300 657 380PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline: 1300 726 306Find free printable affirmations and affirmation phone wallpaper graphics from RESOURCES at www.benitabensch.comLet’s meet: Book a discovery call with me Subscribe: Join my mailing list Website: http://www.benitabensch.com Freebie: Affirmation Email Series Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/benitabensch Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benitabensch
32:57 11/2/22