The secret to doing less

You know that feeling of HAVING to do everything around the place? It’s that thought that if you don’t do it, it won’t get done. The feeling that you are responsible for every aspect of home life as well as work and everything in between. My husband says to me all the time: “You don’t have to do everything.” To which I will typically …

Practicing gratitude when times are tough

Well, hello 2016. I’m glad to see you. Before we get too far into this new relationship though, I feel I need to mark a line in the sand where the last one has ended. I feel a need to close off what was, before I can look fully and optimistically to what will be. I wish I could say how wonderful 2015 …

You haven’t lost your willpower – you just have decision fatigue.

Want to know why you just couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner? Why you have lost the willpower to whip up something healthy and instead just choose something you know isn’t good for you? It’s not because you’re not capable, don’t care or don’t want to eat well. It’s probably not even because you hate cooking. Chances are you’re actually suffering …

The burden of busyness

This past couple of weeks have verged on a little out of control around here. I knew February and March were going to be full on – birthdays, a wedding, lots of travel for conferences and presentations, an event and a wedding anniversary. Add in some work as well, somewhere in there, and the usual run of kids commitments and feeding …

True confessions: motherhood is hard work. But you don’t have to drown in it.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens could have been writing about raising kids when he wrote these words. Because while it is the single most fabulous, authentic, amazing and important thing you could ever possibly do in your life, it is also ridiculously hard, tiring, worrying, expensive and sometimes not much fun. …

Minding your mind clutter

This is how I explain the headspace of mothers today: “If you want to know what’s going on inside my head, think of a computer with 236 internet tabs open all at the same time.” Next time you’re trying to explain your exhaustion to your husband or partner, feel free to use it. That is life as a mother these …

The myths of motherhood

There are many assumptions we make about motherhood and many of them aren’t true. Sure, you’ll be tired while you have a young baby needing regular night feeds, and yes, your tummy won’t just  pop back to the way it was before baby. And absolutely your hormones have a party when you’re pregnant and breastfeeding. But the assumptions that we’ll …

Why taking a chill pill is the best medicine

It’s just not worth it. Whatever it is that has your knickers in a knot or your mind working over time, chances are it’s doing you more harm than it’s worth because stress is a giant contributor to ill health. It’s the one common denominator linked to major health issues, including heart disease, depression, cancer, obesity and autoimmune diseases. So …