Mumatopia and Precious Packages Mum’s Retreat organiser Cas McCullough (right) with retreat participant Carmen Wojcicki (left) of Raceview and her two daughters Alissa, 10, and Jennifer, 5.
Mumatopia and Precious Packages Mum’s Retreat organiser Cas McCullough (right) with retreat participant Carmen Wojcicki (left) of Raceview and her two daughters Alissa, 10, and Jennifer, 5. David Nielsen

It's chill time for mums

MASSAGES, yoga, plenty of chat and cups of tea - it's the perfect recipe for de-stressing mums and it's offered in country Ipswich.

Cas McCullough decided to organise special mum's retreats when she realised Ipswich mothers were bottling up their worries and putting on brave faces to care for their children.

"Mothers never take a break, they don't take time out for themselves and they end up hanging by a thin thread that is bound to break sooner or later," Ms McCullough said.

She said the retreat was about mothers "letting go and putting themselves first for once".

Ms McCullough said she organised retreats for 12 mums at a Boonah property, with two masseuses and a yoga instructor.

She was able to offer free places to mums in need after a Facebook call-out for donations received an unexpected level of support.

"Being able to provide a place to a mum in need was amazing," she said.

"My goal is to improve women's health and reaching those women that really need help coping so being able to offer spots is great."

Ms McCullough said she was overwhelmed at the success of her social media campaigns, and at the support from local businesses.

To find out more about the retreats, follow Ms McCullough's Mumatopia business profiles on Facebook and Twitter.

 

STRESS LESS

12% of Aussies reported high stress levels, and one in four reported experiencing anxiety.

Women reported higher stress levels than men.

Women were more likely to identify family and personal health issues as sources of stress.

- Australian Psychological Society, 2011



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