All posts tagged: anxiety

Mental Health Awareness – Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a happy, exciting time but it can also be a time of stress, anxiety, worry and change which can impact mental health. I want to write about this for mental health awareness week because anxiety, depression and stress in pregnancy can be very real for many expectant parents. It’s not all excitement for some pregnant women… pregnancy could be unplanned pregnancy can come after miscarriage and babyloss there could be health concerns there could be financial worries there could be struggles with change there could be relationship uncertainties there could be fears about the health of a baby there could be fears about childbirth there could be a feeling of being along and unsupported there could be pre-existing mental health issues there could be family loss or family complications you might not enjoy being pregnant you might be experiencing sickness or pain during pregnancy According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in 5 women will experience mental health issues in pregnancy, with depression and anxiety affecting 10-15 in every 100 pregnant …

Mental Health Awareness Week – Anxiety

I have always been really open about my mental health, especially when it could be relevant and helpful for other people. Anxiety is a huge part of who I am but anxiety makes me feel weak – I would never feel that about anyone else who experiences it but I feel like it is a flaw in me that I am desperate to control. If I let it control me, I would never do anything. My safe place is home, my safe people are my husband and my children and I can struggle to leave the house when it grips. I am able to work, I am able to parent, I cook, I live but I have to talk myself through it all. Travelling on my own can make me anxious – not short journeys in the car or on the metro but if I need to fly or take the train. When I explain that I am an anxious flyer people can assume I am scared of crashing – I’m not at all – …

Imposter Syndrome and what to do about it…

Most of us have been there – feeling like a fraud, waiting to be exposed, comparing yourself to others and being self-critical. It’s not pleasant but it is pretty common. I knew I wanted to write about this today so I did I quick bit of googling and imposter syndrome has been mentioned by Maya Angelou, Emma Watson, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep. Sheryl Sandberg even talked about it in Lean In. So we are in good company. For me, personally, I can feel like an imposter with work. I am well trained, very experienced and good at my job as an antenatal and postnatal practitioner, as well as a writer, but I do hold myself back. I can feel like all that isn’t enough because I’m not a midwife and I’m not NCT. But I don’t want to be a midwife and, despite being NCT-trained, I chose not to work for the NCT so what is my problem? Comparing and not feeling good enough is my problem and I have been making huge steps …

Understanding & managing anxiety

Feeling anxious can be a normal part of life – when we worry about something, when we are preparing for something major but ongoing anxiety – when we can be consumed by worry, tension and fear – can be crippling. For some women, anxiety can appear in pregnancy, or it can hit as they begin their life as a new mum. It can be in response to trauma or it can just appear because maybe we feel out of control, maybe the change we are experiencing is scary and stressful and we could be in a constant state of worry. Ongoing anxiety can be hideous, it can affect how people live, think and act and it can sometimes make us feel like we are going insane. So it can be important to get some support and to know how to handle it when it hits. signs of anxiety a rapid heartbeat feeling on edge, unable to relax stomach churning dizzy or light-headed restless, unable to sit still aches and pains including headache or backache fast, …