Self Care

When your own wellbeing is compromised, it’s incredibly difficult to look after your children’s wellbeing. Especially in the longer term. Self care is not a luxury. It’s not selfish and it doesn’t mean you don’t love your children as much as yourself. Self care is something all mums need and deserve. Think “me too” rather than “me first”. I am passionate about making self care manageable and realistic in the midst of the chaos of motherhood. Here you’ll find lots of inspiration, tips and examples to help you look after yourself. You matter too.

How to make and stick to a budget

How to make and stick to a budget

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What’s your definition of a successful day?

What’s your definition of a successful day?

Life comes with a multitude of definitions of success In my years as a corporate workaholic, my success was defined by a whole lot of external measures. The number of hours I worked, the company I worked at, the hierarchical level of my position, the targets I hit,...

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Healthy lunch and snack ideas for busy mums with little kids

Healthy lunch and snack ideas for busy mums with little kids

Are you so busy making sure that everyone else is looked after that you forget to look after yourself? Do you often forget to eat, or eat meals that are quick and easy, but lack nutrition? As mums, we tend to put everyone else’s needs and nutrition in front of our...

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How to be more present in your life – Part 2

How to be more present in your life – Part 2

This is part 2 in a 2 part blog post series on how to be more present in your life. You can find part 1 here.   In the first part of this blog series on how to be more present in your life, I shared this statistic with you: People are thinking about something...

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How to be more present in your life – Part 1

How to be more present in your life – Part 1

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on how to be more present in your life. You can find part 2 here.    Where are you right now? Physically, you might be at home, in the car, at work, at the park. Sitting, standing, lying down, rocking, walking. And you’re...

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8 surprising and effective ways to overcome overwhelm

8 surprising and effective ways to overcome overwhelm

I’ve had quite a lot of practice at dealing with overwhelm over the years. When I was younger, I was always so keen to be involved in everything and to do everything to my perfectionistic standards, that sometimes it all just became too much. I also had a tendency to...

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How to Get That Sexy Spark Back After Kids

How to Get That Sexy Spark Back After Kids

Turn up the heat in your bedroom Being parents is a lot of fun, and stress, but mainly fun. But, let’s not pretend it doesn’t make it hard when it comes to feeling sexy and finding “mummy and daddy” time. I know. I have three kids, I get it. So, let’s look at how we...

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5 reasons you should know and accept your strengths

5 reasons you should know and accept your strengths

One of the things that regularly strikes me in conversations with mums, is that so many of us are reluctant to acknowledge our own strengths. We've created some clever strategies for avoiding it. We deflect with humour, point out the things that are wrong with us,...

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How to sleep better: 10 practical strategies

How to sleep better: 10 practical strategies

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What you need to know to change your relationship with anxiety

What you need to know to change your relationship with anxiety

The relationship that the majority of the population has with their anxiety is definitely not a very good one. It is often toxic, fractured and built up on a foundation of fear. I can already hear you ask, “Why would I have a good relationship with my anxiety??” or...

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15 helpful ways to deal with not feeling good enough

15 helpful ways to deal with not feeling good enough

So many mums feel like they are not good enough, every day. This feeling goes beyond mum guilt (which is already a challenge). Feeling not good enough creates shame within us. Brene Brown defines the difference between guilt and shame:   “I believe that guilt is...

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32 ways to stay calm in the moment (Part 2)

32 ways to stay calm in the moment (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my 2-part blog post series on staying calm in the moment. Part 1 contains the first 16 strategies. You can find it here.  I certainly needed my strategies for staying calm this week.  How about you? Every mum experiences times when she doesn't feel...

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32 ways to stay calm in the moment (Part 1)

32 ways to stay calm in the moment (Part 1)

This is part 1 of my two-part blog post series on staying calm in the moment. You can find part 2 here.   When I asked the mums in the More to Mum community to describe how they would like to feel in motherhood, calm was one of the top responses. Before we have...

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How to accept things as they are (without giving up)

How to accept things as they are (without giving up)

My son is starting 4 year old kindergarten in just 3 weeks. I’m feeling a mixture of pride, excitement and trepidation. He seems so ready but at the same time he’s still so little. After 4 and a half years of being with me nearly all the time, he’s off into the world...

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4 shifts that brought me more happiness, peace and confidence

4 shifts that brought me more happiness, peace and confidence

Do you ever think about how you’ve changed and evolved throughout your life? As I turn 40 this week, I’ve been reflecting on exactly that. Whilst my core values haven’t really changed, I’m definitely not the same person I was in my 20s. Last weekend, I was blessed to...

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Practice self-awareness for your best Christmas yet

Practice self-awareness for your best Christmas yet

Does the thought of the Christmas season make you feel excited or does it fill you with dread? I am totally obsessed with Christmas. As one of my friends pointed out, I’m one of those people, who puts their Christmas tree and decorations up as soon as it hits...

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The unspoken pelvic health truths you need to know

The unspoken pelvic health truths you need to know

We usually don’t talk about it. After birth, support for pelvic health is seriously lacking, and it can be difficult to find someone who takes concerns seriously. However, pelvic health contributes significantly to our overall wellbeing and impacts so many parts of...

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You can learn to love your body as it is

You can learn to love your body as it is

Do you love your body? Like REALLY love it?  Becoming a mum is one of the most amazing journeys of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s not without its ups and downs.  The changes in your body image and how you see yourself can be some of the toughest to deal with and...

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Why you need to speak kindly to yourself (and how to do it!)

Why you need to speak kindly to yourself (and how to do it!)

Imagine that your partner said to you: “You look awful today. I can see your stomach bulging over your pants and you haven’t even bothered to put any makeup on. You’ve really let yourself go.”   Imagine that your best friend said to you: “Wow your house looks...

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How to get more energy to make it through the day

How to get more energy to make it through the day

One afternoon recently, I was reading to my son and feeling more than a little tired. My eyelids were getting heavy. It was difficult to concentrate on the story, even though I’d read it at least 25 times before. Suddenly, my son leaned over, looked at me intently and...

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How to ease stress in motherhood with EFT (tapping)

How to ease stress in motherhood with EFT (tapping)

I'm always interested in learning about how to ease stress and any other negative emotions such as overwhelm, fear, anxiety or worry. There's nothing wrong with having these emotions. They're completely normal and human, and we all experience them. But it is helpful...

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How to look after yourself by showing kindness

How to look after yourself by showing kindness

Last week, my son suddenly became really ill. He went from bouncing around, and being his normal self, to being in pain, with a fever and hardly able to sit upright or keep his eyes open, within 30 minutes. After speaking to the Nurse on Call service, we ended up at...

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6 Calming breathing techniques that will make your day better

6 Calming breathing techniques that will make your day better

The way you breathe affects your whole body and how you feel. That means if you change the way you breathe you can change the way you feel. In fact, it’s one of the fastest ways to change the way you feel. I can personally attest to this, as I've come to really love...

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What about all the things you did right?

What about all the things you did right?

At the end of a long day, what plays on your mind? Is it something like any of these? The way you yelled at your son? That you were late to child care or school pick up because of your paid job? How you didn’t really listen when your daughter was telling you (for the...

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Why you need to take a pause

Why you need to take a pause

How fast are you running each day, lovely mum? Of course, I don’t mean actually physically running, but rather, rushing. Life can be so fast paced. I've learned to follow my son’s pace during the day where possible. I avoid over scheduling and give him some choice and...

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