From Saffia Farr, JUNO Magazine editor…
What Lifts Us When We Need It?
Writing this editorial has been difficult. I’ve found it hard to quieten my mind enough to be able to think straight. From talking to friends and colleagues, I know many others are experiencing this too.
We’re feeling it, aren’t we? That we are back into lockdown in the toughest part of winter; the awful facts and figures that are shared with us on the news each evening; the stories of suffering; the tears of ICU staff overwhelmed.
This afternoon I made myself put my other work aside and focus on the JUNO proofs. I opened them at page 23 – Jo Haycock’s feature about three incredible artists – and I could feel myself calming. As I read Jo’s reflective words, and studied the beautiful photos, my other anxieties faded away and I felt myself able to concentrate.
I think this is the key to our mental wellbeing – knowing what we need to do to support ourselves, and finding ways to achieve this.
It’s wonderful to see from our Instagram feature, on pages 30 and 31, that many of you are focusing on this for the new year: stopping to notice the wonderful little things that happen day to day; taking time for yourselves; acknowledging that despite all the activities we are missing, we can still find “magic in the things we can do.”
It’s not easy; there are moments when it all feels too much. I hope that in those moments, you know what you need to lift you.
I’m writing this in the darkness of January. This week we are finalising the proofs, which will then be uploaded to the printers so that the beautiful copies of JUNO can start wending their way to each of your homes, maybe via a health food shop, friend or doula…
I hope that in this issue of JUNO you find things to lift you: try our stick weaving Craft feature; learn about the amazing properties of breastmilk; be encouraged to take small steps to try and reduce our impact on the environment; or gaze in awe at the amazing glass creations made by Helen Hancock incorporating breast milk.
Please look after yourselves. Try to stop and take that breath and think what it is that you need to lift you. And find the courage to ask for help and support if you need it.
Our beautiful Early Spring issue is packed full of supportive and informative features including…
- The interconnectedness of human and planet health
- Breast milk… Discover amazing properties
- Supporting mothers birthing in a pandemic
- Autism: one family’s journey to diagnosis
- Reflections on Mother’s Day
- The rise of reusable nappies
- Raising children with respect
- Finding a family approach to sustainable living
- Celebrating Weleda’s centenary: find out what inspires
- Meet the artist who makes glass work with breast milk
- How mindfulness supports education
- Adaptive changes our body makes in pregnancy
Plus all your favourite regulars and columns including Empowered Birth, Mindful Dad, My Teen, Birth in Pictures, Natural Connections, recipes, family craft ideas and much more…
Willow Grace Murton will be sharing with us her journey of building a sustainable house as part of the One Planet Development scheme. Read her first column on page 50.
Emma Mitchell has written our Voice of a Teen column on page 27. Emma is currently doing her A-levels and hopes to go to university to study international relations. She enjoys exploring new places, cooking meals for her family, spending time outside and keeping fit.
Soraya Evans took the beautiful photograph used for our cover. She is a mother of two, originally from Germany, but she fell in love with a Mancunian and built a home in England.
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