I hear you mama, juggling all the plates and hoping you don’t drop any. I hear you mama, wondering why you feel so damn tired every morning, like you’ve not even been to sleep. I hear you mama, wondering at what point in history they changed maths and cursing under your breath that you’ve never […]
Something I realised very quickly when I became a mama was that the role comes with worry and stress. Like, constant. There are tons of stressful situations I’ve been in over the years with the children, but by far the most stressful is if one of them has needed to go to hospital, or generally just been unwell. I hate it and I hate not being able to instantly fix it.
Being a mama is a tough job, and no doubt you’re long overdue some TLC. I know of lots of mamas who go away together on lavish trips to revive themselves – but you don’t need to head all the way to Hawaii or even Europe to take a little time to unwind. Here are a few ideas to help you plan a relaxing and recharging staycation.
Dr Carla Runchman is a Clinical Psychologist, mum of one, founder of Mama Diary and author of ‘Mama Notes’, a notebook for the first 12 weeks of motherhood to help mums focus on their emotional well-being. Together with space to make notes on newborn essentials such as feeding and nappies, each week has a well-being focus with ideas or activities to try, and journal pages with prompts to help you reflect on the important moments of these early weeks.
Years ago before I had children I recall looking at mums out and about with their children and thinking that there appeared to be different ‘types’ of mums. There would be the ones who didn’t look like they’d ever had a baby, perfect hair, perfect nails, heels, sunglasses, oversized handbag, posh coffee in one hand […]
When pregnant, we are often bombarded with advice on everything from the most flattering maternity wear to the best nappies, but how often do we talk about mental health as a pregnant mum? It’s estimated that between one in ten and one in five women experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or after the […]
In the UK, Mother’s Day is coming up soon – mark March 26th in your calendars, and if you have children yourself, then make sure you start hinting soon as to what you want for your special day, but even if you are a mother yourself, let’s step away from that for a moment, and […]
Ten years ago I had a two month old baby, my first baby, and I had just about got the hang of breastfeeding. I was trying to navigate my way through early motherhood and trying to ensure I did the best for my baby at every stage. I’d spent the two weeks I went overdue […]