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How to ask for help

How to ask for help

You know you need some help and you’ve decided you’re going to ask for it. That’s a huge step in itself. Asking for help can be really hard, especially for mothers in modern society where there are some very unrealistic expectations placed on women to do it all,...

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Why it’s so hard to ask for help

Why it’s so hard to ask for help

“Can you help me?” Four little words. They seem so simple yet mothers everywhere find them near impossible to say. What makes it hard is the meaning we attribute to asking for help. Without that meaning, asking for help is a neutral activity, neither positive or...

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Automatic Negative Thoughts: How to Identify and Manage Them

Automatic Negative Thoughts: How to Identify and Manage Them

Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) are stories that we tell ourselves that aren’t necessarily true. They are distortions or negative interpretations of ourselves, what is happening around us, the past or the future, based on our beliefs and assumptions. ANTs happen...

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Why mothers need to speak up instead of staying silent

Why mothers need to speak up instead of staying silent

Have there been times when you have you kept quiet when you had something to say? For example, when... Someone crossed your boundary or hurt you? Another child mistreated your child? You didn’t want to do something you were being asked to do? You didn’t agree? Someone...

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The truth about the difficult emotions of motherhood

The truth about the difficult emotions of motherhood

Sadness, burnout, fear, guilt, anxiety, loneliness, frustration, anger, resentment, shame, embarrassment, disgust. Mothers feel them. But often we don’t like to talk about them. What will people think? If perfect mum is always composed, in control, calm, happy, on top...

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How to interrupt the pattern of self blame

How to interrupt the pattern of self blame

When my son was 4, he was playing in the playground after kindergarten and decided to give the monkey bars a try. He always watched the other children swinging across but still liked me to hold him as he moved his arms from bar to bar. This time he wanted to do it...

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How to deal with a bad day

How to deal with a bad day

I know that we’re expected to be loving motherhood, sailing through each day with a smile on our faces. That’s the myth of the perfect mum. In reality, we all have bad days and we don’t have to pretend that everything is wonderful when it’s not. Allowing ourselves to...

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Goodbye perfectionism, I don’t need you anymore

Goodbye perfectionism, I don’t need you anymore

Dear Perfectionism, I’ve decided it’s time we parted ways. We’ve been together a long time. I’m not even sure how it happened, but somewhere in childhood you became my constant companion. You came with me into adulthood and by that time I thought you were an asset. I...

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How to find alone time when you’re never alone

How to find alone time when you’re never alone

Alone time is an important part of caring for our wellbeing. Having time to just be who we are, to rest and relax, helps us feel happier, healthier, more energised and refreshed. Without it, in the long run, we can start to see negative impacts to our mental,...

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How to practice mindfulness for a happier, calmer you

How to practice mindfulness for a happier, calmer you

Do you: Find it hard to focus or be present with the people you love? Notice your mind always racing, thinking of what’s next, worrying about the future and replaying the past? Find yourself on autopilot, not really conscious of what you're doing? Feel exhausted,...

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Matrescence: why mothers are feeling lost and confused

Matrescence: why mothers are feeling lost and confused

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link, and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a small commission if you decide to purchase after clicking through the link. I’ll only ever recommend things that I love and believe will help you, and the decision to...

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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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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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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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How to set healthy boundaries to protect your wellbeing

How to set healthy boundaries to protect your wellbeing

Let’s start with a bit of reflection. How many of these things do you do? Change your opinions or decisions to match other people’s, even if they don’t align with your values? Feel like you’re at the mercy of everyone else’s needs and priorities, with nothing left for...

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Why you don’t have to love every moment of motherhood

Why you don’t have to love every moment of motherhood

Enjoy every moment  It’s the sort of thing that well-meaning people say when you’re preparing for the birth of your baby. They also say it when you’re talking wistfully about how fast your children are growing up. Or when you’re sharing something about mum life that...

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How and why anxiety can affect you in motherhood

How and why anxiety can affect you in motherhood

“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed” – Linda Wooten   I think from the moment of conception the worries begin as a mum and I am often reminded that these worries never ease as our kids...

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