How do you balance your work-life, home-life and everything else?
For me it starts with understanding what is important to you, so you can prioritise and what you’re happy to compromise and your boundaries. Mine is I never want to work at at the weekends, as that’s family time and also because I need a break. Secondly it’s about having a great support network. I couldn’t do what I’m doing without the love and support of my husband.
What kind of activities do you do to recharge and what’s the effect for you?
I love to walk and always go for a walk in my lunch break and for fresh air even if I’ve bought my lunch in – just wandering through the streets of London, exploring places I haven’t seen or spotted before whether it’s a little shop, place to eat or a gallery. I also try and go to yoga at least once a week. Yoga gives me a moment to myself, free of distractions. I’ve also recently discovered Inner Axis Yoga which is an incredibly mindful and breath-led yoga practice that left me feel energised and lighter after 75 minutes. I slept so soundly after it, I’ll definitely be back. I think it’s going to be my end of the week practice to help set me up for the week ahead.
What do you think is the importance of creating opportunity for me-time?
Me time in my life is about creating space to catch my breath and be present, so I don’t burnout.
What are the triggers you recognise as a signal that you need to take some time for yourself?
My moods are the biggest give-away – I get incredibly short and snappy with my husband (sorry Jeremy!) when I haven’t had time to recharge and reset.
Share the love: are there any self-care activities you’ve heard of that you’ve loved the sound of, but haven’t yet tried yourself?
I’d like to give a digital detox ago. Unfortunately because most of my referrals for the practice are through social media I’m always-on but I’d like to be more disciplined, so I think I’m going to start to stop mindlessly scrolling through Instagram at every free opportunity. Oh and journalling – I understand the benefits as a therapist and have one so I’d love to find time to write in it more regularly.
If you could deliver one piece of advice to an overwhelmed mum, what would it be?
Recognise that parenthood is hard. You don’t have to do everything in one go. Break things down into manageable chunks, and if you’re still feeling overwhelmed think about what may be triggering the feeling – ask your self what’s happening when you’re feeling this way, have you felt this way before and see if you can find the source so you can hatch a plan to overcome it? And if that doesn’t work ask for help – you don’t have to do it alone.
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