All posts tagged: do life on purpose

Managing Stress

Life’s busy with life, with juggling, with work, with worrying, with stressing, with just being busy and I’m a bit sick of it. It’s making me stressed, over-stretched and ill – I’ve been tired and anxious, with a need to relax and slow-down. So it’s time to focus on managing stress and whinging less. My loves in life are my family, my friends and my work – I’m really lucky because work never feels like work, I love what I do and who I work with. But the stress comes from trying to do too much, trying to fit too much in and when I’m stressed and tired, I can be whingy and everything feels like a chore. I don’t want to live my life this, yearning for holidays when I can just stop, I want to achieve better balance to be happy and to enjoy all the things I love day to day. The last 10 years have involved so much loss and grief and I want my happy, positive self back. The last few weeks have been …

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Coping Strategies for Mums

It doesn’t matter how old our children are, parenting can be tough going at times – it could be sleep deprivation, an unsettled baby, a tantruming toddler or just meeting the demands of a baby/toddler/child/teenager. Mums often put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to being looked after. It can be just the way it happens – we love our kids, we look after them and their needs, we can be juggling work, we remember appointments, we can plan ahead, we can be dealing with guilt and wanting to get it right. We can be happy and fulfilled and we can be truly exhausted from mumming. All of this stuff still needs doing but what do you do for you? It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive but every mum deserves a bit of headspace and a chance to relax and be off duty. Your you time could be… taking a bath (on your own), reading a book, going for a walk, meeting friends, going for a run or to the gym, …

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And breathe…

I’m a big believer in just breathing. Of course we all breathe but we don’t always control it and use it well. Stress, feeling overwhelmed, headaches, tiredness, being unable to focus, not sleeping well, digestion issues and low mood can be something we all experience and something we carry on living with because we are busy, juggling and rushing. Sometimes we need to slow down, these are all signs that maybe we need to listen and give ourselves a break. And sometimes we just need to stop and breathe because we need to get rid of stress, we need to be calm and we need to take a bit of control when we feel so overwhelmed. And it’s pretty simple to do because you know how to breathe – you just need to truly focus on it! Keep it simple… you can sit or stand put your hands on your stomach and breathe in as deeply and as comfortably as possible. and then have a long, gentle outbreath – imagine you are breathing out a …