While “stay safe/healthy” has become a common sign off in the age of coronavirus, we need to nurture our ability to stay sane, too. The situation is constantly changing and evolving, and this is a ripe environment for anxiety to thrive. It may start to affect our sleep, our appetite, which undermines our resilience and coping … Continue reading How to stay calm and sane during isolation
How are you all coping with these strange and unprecedented times? Firstly: a reminder that this IS an extraordinary event and we are, quite rightly, suffering the fight or flight response which is triggered by a threat to our lives. This is a physical response: you may feel jittery, your breath may be more rapid, … Continue reading Navigating the New Normal
I've actually lost count of the amount of women who have said to me that "it's too late" to heal their pelvic floor after childbirth. It makes me sad and even a bit cross that we so easily accept this feeling of being "not quite as good" after babies, and don't think that we are … Continue reading Your pelvic floor – how childbirth affects it, & how you can strengthen post-birth
My new book Postnatal Pilates comes out today! And it's #1bestseller in Family and Lifestyle Physiotherapy on Amazon!! Whoop! It's your guide for trying to make yourself feel better, stronger, more supported in your motherhood graft: being a mum is physically hard work, we need to be strong for all the lifting, pushing, carrying, … Continue reading Postnatal Pilates – my new book is out now!
Christmas is a time of joy, and sometimes the gap between reality and joyfulness can make us feel like we're not quite getting it right. Here's my handy guide to lowering your stress levels as the Christmas season approaches. Be realistic: you cannot be present at every single school and nursery event. This is where … Continue reading How to approach Christmas without Motherwhelm
I'm currently reading I'm Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert's Year of Living Dangerously, which has made me laugh out loud and nod in hearty agreement lots, and I'm only a couple of chapters in. All of my adult life, I have been a shy introvert: or a Shintrovert, as Jessica … Continue reading Socially awkward introverts: how to get over social anxiety this “party season”
I've been back in full-time work for nearly 3 months now – almost out of the newborn phase! I feel like any life transition takes at least 3 months to recalibrate to a new normal. The past 11 weeks or so has been an entirely new arrangement, as Freddie started school the week before I … Continue reading Things I’ve learnt about returning to full-time work after babies