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4 strategies to help you worry less

4 strategies to help you worry less

Worry is a chain of negative thoughts about bad things that might happen in the future (Brene Brown, "Altas of the Heart"). It is a coping strategy we tend to employ when we feel anxious because we think (perhaps subconsciously) that it is helpful. Worrying feels...

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Why you don’t need to feel happy all the time

Why you don’t need to feel happy all the time

Be positive! Look on the bright side! Good vibes only! Do you feel like you should be happy all the time? Happiness is celebrated and heavily promoted in our society (just think about all the happy people you see in marketing campaigns). We adopt it as a goal to work...

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How to stop struggling with difficult thoughts

How to stop struggling with difficult thoughts

Our brains are constantly on the lookout for things that might harm us and in doing so, they create a lot of difficult thoughts. These thoughts might relate to pain from the past, challenges we are facing in the present or fear about the future. Positive thinking is...

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Is overfunctioning creating more stress in your life?

Is overfunctioning creating more stress in your life?

Overfunctioning can be simpler to understand than to spot in our lives because people who overfunction tend to be seen as very responsible, reliable, helpful, competent and caring. They do all the things for all the people. Society celebrates people who are constantly...

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Can you ever give yourself too much self-compassion?

Can you ever give yourself too much self-compassion?

Recently, a beautiful woman in the More to Mum community asked me if you could ever give yourself too much self-compassion. She wondered if there was a point where you just had to take accountability for what you’ve done and do better. As I listened to her describe...

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Tools to manage your frustrations

Tools to manage your frustrations

We all experience frustration in motherhood. As explained by Brené Brown in her book "Atlas of the Heart", frustration occurs when something that feels out of our control is preventing us from achieving our desired outcome. We don't think that we can fix the...

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Use routines to find time for yourself every day

Use routines to find time for yourself every day

As mothers in modern society, our lives are consumed by the needs of others. Time to ourselves can feel impossible and if we do get the chance to have a break, it often comes with a lot of guilt.  Lovely, you are not here merely to take care of others.  Taking care of...

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How to increase your energy. Tips from a Naturopath.

How to increase your energy. Tips from a Naturopath.

Are you feeling tired all the time, or do you wish you had more energy to get through the day?  The demands of motherhood are constant and taking a break is difficult for many women practically, emotionally, and mentally. Especially in the early years, or in other...

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Why it’s hard to be present in the moment

Why it’s hard to be present in the moment

Recently I was listening to a podcast, and I had to replay the first 10 minutes four times because my mind kept wandering!  Do you find it hard to stay present in the moment? You're not the only one. I often get asked for advice about how to be more present in our...

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Meditation made easy for mums and kids – Part 2

Meditation made easy for mums and kids – Part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part blog series about making meditation easy and manageable for both mums and kids. In this series, I'm talking to Alysse Di Natale, founder of Young Yoga and the Meditate with Friends app. Alysse is passionate about supporting the wellbeing...

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Meditation made easy for mums and kids – Part 1

Meditation made easy for mums and kids – Part 1

Have you ever wanted to try meditation but felt that it was too hard, time-consuming, spiritual or that you just weren't any good at emptying your mind? I hear these concerns from lots of women who have heard about the benefits of meditation but aren't sure if can...

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5 strategies to help you overcome perfectionism

5 strategies to help you overcome perfectionism

Society tells us that perfectionism is a good thing. Perhaps you too have been praised and rewarded for your high capacity, high standards, and meticulous work. You may have also believed that perfectionism was the same as trying your best and showing your commitment...

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Have we got the definition of a strong woman wrong?

Have we got the definition of a strong woman wrong?

How would you define a strong woman? Perhaps you might use some of the following descriptions: Physically strong Confident Hard to persuade Unflappable Resilient Determined Independent In control Focused on her goals.   I used to think that being a strong woman...

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Using your values to create a rich and fulfilling life

Using your values to create a rich and fulfilling life

Do you know what your personal values are? Defining and aligning to our personal values can help us feel motivated, inspired and live a rich and meaningful life. When we know what’s most important to us we can look for ways to have more of this in our lives. In...

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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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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 be a calmer, more connected parent

How to be a calmer, more connected parent

Do you ever wish you were a calmer parent? A more connected parent?  I think we all have moments where we miss the bar we set for ourselves in these areas. Parenting challenges us in ways we've never been challenged before and with every new child, and every new...

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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 a little one, walking. And...

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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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