All posts tagged: Health & wellbeing

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 …

Just a few words about perimenopause…

life-changing | debilitating |hormonal | unsettling |exhausting |vulnerable |depressed |anxious |brain-fog |lonely |confidence knocking |emotional | paranoid | rollercoaster | self-critical | strength |wise |old Last year was awful, this year is good – accepting the peri-menopause and it’s many and varied symptoms has made a huge difference. When I have energy and motivation, I am on fire and nothing is beyond me but when I am tired and I have brain-fog, everything is a slog. My current coping strategies are sleep, eating as well as possible, walking, good gin, curling up, being honest and talking about it. I have always been a list maker but now I write down everything, to keep me focused even when my brain is full of cotton wool. And I have a book of positivity – not as wanky as it sounds, honest! – to refer to when self-criticism kicks in and my brain tells me I’m shit at everything and it pulls me out of a wallowing funk. Despite all the change, I feel more empowered and in control …

What’s Mother Cuppa all about?

MOTHER CUPPA is a weekly group with conversation, discussion, support and reassurance for mums with babies This is a small, friendly group for mums on maternity leave. It is about providing a comfortable and safe space for you to meet, to ease any isolation and to ask questions as you find your feet with your new baby, or as you adjust to different challenges. Discussions can include a range of issues… recovery from birth sleep & exhaustion feeding growth spurts what’s normal being a mum low mood & anxiety how tough it can be how bloody brilliant it can be how amazing you are! This little group is all about a warm welcome, a cosy and safe space with conversation and endless tea, cake and fresh coffee for parents from across Newcastle and Tyneside. It is a comfortable and relaxing group to come to if you are feeling overwhelmed or tired, if you are finding your feet with your new baby and if you would like some good support throughout the first year with your baby. Who am I? I am Janine …

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For You

Birth, Baby & Family is all about parent support and I am keen to link you with more classes and services for you – this is being developed so I will be expanding this list… wellbeing & fitness Massage & reflexology with Julia at Sanctuary House Hula Hooping for Fitness with Debbie Donaldson Zumba with Jo at Decote Dance 1:1 Parent Support – with Birth, Baby & Family for parenting challenges plus personal focus, planning, change, motivation and work/life balance Branch Counselling Service – with Helen for family counselling and additional support for you as parents Frankie Aitchison Pyschotherapy & Counselling – for women of all ages to focus on a range of issues including low mood & identity, grief & loss, relationship challenges, life changes, isolation and loneliness.