So all of a sudden, Covid19 has altered our lives beyond imagination. Many of us are isolating, working from home, juggling kids and attempting schooling or being furloughed, scaling down our businesses or battling the chaos on the front line. Whatever our position right now, there will be moments when it all feels ‘too much’ and that’s okay. No one could have prepared us for the rollercoaster of emotions that we now face, but we can equip ourselves with the tools we need to look after ourselves when it matters the most. For many of us, our usual coping mechanisms … Continue reading Self-care in challenging times & why we need it.
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.
As Mental Health conditions become more and more common (25% of young adults will suffer with their mental health between the ages of 16-25 -W.H.O) The terms ‘well-being’ and ‘alternative therapies’ can still be looked upon as some kind of taboo. After struggling with my own Maternal mental health, I sought out different methods of support and activities that I hoped would aid my recovery. Once I was well enough to share my story, I decided to pursue my studies on Mindfulness and alternative behavioural therapies in a bid to help others. Many of us who eventually seek help, and … Continue reading Why alternative therapies should still have a place in modern day…
Quite often, we may walk past someone in the street who looks happy, glamorous,sophisticated and assume that they ‘have it all.’ What we might not see is their invisible struggles that day, battles with anxiety, or their fight with depression. Appearances can be deceptive, especially if like me, they were able to paint their face with makeup and make it look as though life is just peachy. Sometimes we can help each-other without even realising it, often just a simple gesture or facial expression can make all the difference to someones mindset. I have put together some easy to … Continue reading Ways in which we can help one another with our mental wellbeing.
Picture this.. On one particular day I allowed my intrusive thoughts to invent an unlikely scenario, and create an almighty panic attack about something that hadn’t even happened yet, and probably never would. Tears ran down my face as I convulsed with every strained breath whilst my husband stared at me, bewildered as to what was happening. Let me explain, I was suffering with Postnatal Depression, mild PTSD and anxiety at the time. I had actually been able to enjoy a short break away with my husband and son over the Christmas break when our little boy was … Continue reading Simple ways in which Mindfulness has changed my life for the better!
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels., Suddenly you’re a parent… Your life has changed, but you’re not quite sure how, or for how long… Then you realise that you have slipped down your priority list… When I became a first time mum in 2016, I thought that my baby would slot into my current lifestyle with ease. For I had read the books, done the course at the hospital, looked after other people’s children… and in my head… I was going to be a natural! Oh how naive I was!! I hadn’t anticipated the nocturnal state of affairs that my … Continue reading Why I’m so passionate about the well being of Mothers (and fathers!)
When I was suffering with Post Natal Depression and PTSD after the birth of my son, I felt so alone. I didn’t know anyone else who had suffered, and wasn’t sure where to turn to get help. Left untreated for 12 months, I was very grateful when my health visitor spotted my symptoms and referred me to my GP. I then was given the support I needed to begin my recovery. Upon researching my condition, I came across the PANDAS Foundation Charity, who specialise in Perinatal mental health. I wish I had found their services sooner, and feel that It … Continue reading Spreading awareness of Maternal Mental Health Conditions!
Do you ever just have ‘one of those days’ and think ‘what’s the point?’ I do… and more recently, those days have become more frequent. Perhaps due to the change in the weather, and the possible onset of Seasonal affective disorder, or simply down to the fact that this time of year is very much about material belongings, generously gifting, doing better, keeping up appearances… when it should just be about spending time with those that you love. (If you are fortunate enough to do so) Further to my previous blog post about social media, I have really tried … Continue reading Remembering that its okay to have a bad day!
My thoughts on Self confidence and the effects of social media.Self Confidence, can often appear as our very best friend or worst enemy at the drop of a hat. For many of my Clients, friends and colleagues,lack of self-confidence is one of the biggest issues leading to feelings of low mood and anxiety. With today’s social media presence, and high-industry standards, it’s no surprise that women (and men) all over the country are feeling an unhealthy dislike of their own appearance or life style, in favour of someone else’s whom they barely know, but follow closely on instagram or digital channels. … Continue reading Self Confidence in today’s society…
Hey there Mama… Yes you, the one feeling guilty for not having a ‘productive’ day. You’ve managed to make it until bedtime, your head still pounding from today’s whinges and tantrums. You bend over to pick up the discarded toys, and wince at the dull ache in your shoulder, the one that you used to carry your infant for the majority of the day. You see, he got you up early this morning, and a couple of times in the night so you’ve both spent the day exhausted,cranky, and running on an empty battery. Peeling back the duvet.. you are … Continue reading To the Mother who feels like she’s ‘done nothing’ all day…