The anxiety and chaos of becoming a new mother can be a roller coaster ride. The highs of the new milestones and the lows of the steep learning curve are a recipe for whiplash that many people have never experienced.
However, one group aims to help all new mommies navigate the treacherous landscape of motherhood through sisterhood, fellowship, and a focus on overall health.
The search for a “village” for one mother
Mom Jamie Easton, like many others, struggled to balance all aspects of her life on top of the challenges of motherhood. Easton’s struggle pushed her to seek out friends and relationships that would give her a sense of clarity and understanding as she worked through the trials and tribulations of becoming a mother.
But a viral video on TikTok truly gave her the spark she needed to light the path forward. That video, posted to Easton’s account, was about her and another new mom going for a walk to a coffee shop. The video struck a nerve with fellow new moms seeking friends and the “village” it truly takes to raise a child.
As a result, Easton founded her own village: The Mom Walk Collective. The group seeks to encourage new mothers to find one another and go for a walk. While a walk may not seem like much to many, a walk’s physical and mental health benefits are numerous, especially for new moms struggling with postpartum depression, unbalanced hormones, or even just the stress and exhaustion of never getting a good night’s sleep.
So, how does The Mom Walk Collective work?
The Mom Walk Collective asks new moms to log on to their website and locate a mom walk group in their area. The website allows users to plug in their zip codes and find a nearby group. While not every neighborhood has a mom walk group, most major metropolitan cities are likely to have one. And if your town doesn’t already have one — get one set up or sign up to be emailed when one forms.
Moms can also head to the events page and sign up for a walk in any town or city that has a mom walk scheduled.
On the day of the event, the group members will gather at a centralized location and walk to the nearest coffee shop. The walk allows moms to congregate and talk about all the challenges facing motherhood in the 21st century. Walkers can bring their children or come alone — the choice is yours.
We don’t have to tell you this, but talking with someone who has a shared a similar experience helps people feel like they aren’t alone in the struggle. Our society paints a very rosy picture of motherhood, leaving many feeling out-of-place, disappointed with themselves for struggling, and afraid to reach out for help. With new moms and the battle with postpartum depression, sharing the struggle with other mothers can be therapeutic.
The free walking groups are hosted on the second and fourth week of every month, according to the group’s website.
How can I help The Mom Walk Collective?
Moms can help The Mom Walk Collective by becoming ambassadors and founders of group walks in their area.
Becoming an ambassador allows you to schedule twice-monthly walks and organize them through any means necessary, like community bulletin boards and local social media groups.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out The Mom Walk Collective’s FAQ page is a treasure trove of information and tips on motherhood, as well as helping you find an event near you.
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