Happy holidays - whatever you celebrate, may it be filled with heaps of joy. The holiday season means lots of time with family for me. Love this time of year with them but it can also be stressful. Family time can bring up a lot of old “stories” and self-talk which can throw you off balance and stress you out. (My dad somehow always manages to tell embarrassing stories of boyfriends past ) To remain balanced during these holidays, focus on these three things: Joy - revel in t
The secret behind the Christmas magic isn’t elves, it’s MOTHERS. This time of year it seems that working mothers are in a pressure cooker situation. Everything seems to be more intense in every area of your life. Mothers run around behind the scenes doing a million things such as: organising EOY school events (my number two finishes primary school this year and there are three separate presentations plus the dance… why?) buying presents for everyone (plus 1 of yourself just i
This morning I awoke to realise that my mobile phone was out of charge - the consequences of late-night scrolling I guess. I usually go for a walk in the morning and watch the sunrise. Today I debated whether or not to do so because I couldn't take the phone. Yes I actually thought about staying home with my phone - sad but true. However, I had a firm and caring conversation with myself about self-care and decided that it was a beautiful morning; the dog was barking; and I wa
Everyone says “just practice gratitude and it will be ok.” It’s is a bit more than that… But gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Gratitude is about being thankful and having a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratitude is key to self-care for mums. When you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, remembering what you are grateful for can trigger positive, calming reactions in your mind, body and soul.
This is the second in a series of 5 self-care rituals to help you BE IN BALANCE. The rituals will come out on #selfcaresunday. As a mother, “Maintaining the basic day-to-day with NO extraordinary circumstances, keeping all those balls in the air, is a really demanding endeavor, and it leaves very little time for moms to be able to have fun, relax, rest and have downtime,” says Aimee Danielson, director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hosp
I am reposting this again and will do every year at this time because we can all use a reminder in the rush up to Christmas. At this time of year it seems that mothers are in a pressure cooker situation. Everything seems to be more intense in every area of life. The strain between work and family is more pronounced as work increases pressure to be at work for deadlines or parties, and family wants you at home - especially the kids who bombard you with demands for gifts, food,