My Game changers and Must have’s for Pregnancy, birth and beyond…

I probably wasted ALOT of money first time around when having our eldest child, yet didn’t invest in the little extra’s that could’ve made a big difference to our wellbeing and overall experience! Four years later, I knew what would be important for creating a positive mindset, and also what would make our lives easier / happier! So here’s a selection of some of my best bits from bump to now (One month post partum!) PREPARATION- Body and Mind I Knew early on that after a difficult journey with my first-born, I would need to invest in what I could … Continue reading My Game changers and Must have’s for Pregnancy, birth and beyond…

Why this pregnancy has felt so different, and the support I’ve accessed this time around.

As a 2nd time mum, who struggled with Postnatal depression, anxiety, birth trauma and severe sleep deprivation – I was naturally a little anxious when deciding to try for another baby, and for where the hormonal roller-coaster may take me… When I decided that I would like to try for another baby, I pushed these feelings as far away as I could. After having my son, and being so unwell, I was terrified at the prospect of having another child, and spent years of deflecting comments, and the questions of family and friends asking ‘When are you having another one?’ … Continue reading Why this pregnancy has felt so different, and the support I’ve accessed this time around.

What is Mindfulness, and does it actually work?

Just a few years ago, if you’d have mentioned the word ‘Mindfulness’ to me, I would’ve have conjoured up the mental image of a group of ‘hippies’ or devout spiritualists, sitting cross legged for several hours, chanting ‘om’ on repeat… How wrong I was! Before we talk about how the dictionary defines mindfulness, I want to share with you a scenario that many of you will be familiar with, that defines mindfulness to a T! So hopefully you’ve all been the driver or a passenger in a car before? Imagine that you’re driving to your place of work , you … Continue reading What is Mindfulness, and does it actually work?

Why it feels as though the ‘mum guilt’ has gone up a notch, and how we can kick it into touch.

Lock down has certainly unearthed a wide range of emotions. Mine began with disbelief, a strange sense of calm, then came the overwhelm, gratitude, stress, acceptance and later… the ‘mum guilt!’ Many of our circumstances will be completely different right now, with the constant question of ‘what is our new normal?’ For me, I find myself cancelling my in-person workshops, but picking up extra hours at the Mental health charity and juggling this with a hyperactive 3 year old and no childcare. I’m grateful to still be receiving an income. I don’t want to moan because there are so many … Continue reading Why it feels as though the ‘mum guilt’ has gone up a notch, and how we can kick it into touch.

How to practice Mindfulness in the summer holidays.

So the summer holidays are upon us, and whether you have a 10 month old or 10 year old, you may be feeling a little apprehensive about entertaining your little people for the long 6 week stretch…. Or Perhaps you are juggling work commitments and childcare, and would like to create some quality time together when you get the opportunity? Whatever your situation, its easy to let the summer pass us by, and wish away the weeks when we are looking forward to a trip away, a special day out or the start of a new school year. We found … Continue reading How to practice Mindfulness in the summer holidays.