Eight months ago I was referred for and started CBT. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I didn’t know what to expect and I actually planned to blog my way through it, thinking that maybe my journey might help someone else in the same situation. I wasn’t ready though for the intensity of this one. I wasn’t prepared at all, and I can only apologise for the blanks over here. It’s been hard. Really hard. So what has CBT taught me?
I am resilient. I’ve had to be. I cannot crumble. I cannot allow my mind to tear apart or my body to crumple to the ground. I do not belong there. I am strong. I can have my bad days, my want to stay under the cover days. I can have my anxious days, my sweating palms on the steering wheel days. I can have my fat days, stupid days, useless days. I can have them, as long as I pick myself up again afterwards. And I always do. (more…)
I love this time of year if I’m honest. Long, lazy days stretching ahead with no time restraints and no real need to be anyway fast- just what the kids need after a busy year at school. And like most families, we look forward to getting away too. The only problem with summer holidays away though, is the travelling with kids part. My son often says he wishes we could just snap our fingers and teleport ourselves to our destination, and I have to say that the idea is very tempting indeed! And for some, its not just the length of time spent travelling, its the fact that the travelling itself can really take its toll on your health. Yep, we’re talking travel sickness, and until a couple of years ago I’d never experienced it. Let me tell you, it is NOT fun at all. So when Sea Band got in touch to see if I’d like to try out their products, along side some super fun holiday activity books for the kids I felt it only sensible to say yes. Here are my thoughts, plus read to the end for details of a fab giveaway too! (more…)
One thing that always amazes me as a parent is the array of quirks and talents that my children have. I never in a million years imagined a daughter playing defence in the local girl’s football team, or another showing such a flair for ballet and dance. Likewise, I have no idea where my son gets his artistic flair- it certainly isn’t from me! That boy will gladly spend hours with pens, pencils and crayons, drawing, colouring and creating- and his work is absolutely stunning! We were recently sent a few bits and pieces from the Bic kids range and I asked Luka to get busy testing them out for me.
As you can see, he wasted no time creating a few masterpieces! (more…)
There’s no denying that parenting is seriously hard work. It doesn’t matter how fit, how healthy, or how determined you are, you’re going to have to work hard to make sure you keep your kids healthy and raise them to be great, well-rounded individuals. However, recent research suggests that parenting could actually be making you sick.
Children tend to pick up many different illnesses while they’re young, from chicken pox to the common cold. They can pick up germs at school, from playing in dirt – from all kinds of places. Of course, this usually gets passed on to those at home and you end up becoming sick. However, this isn’t the only way parenting could be making you sick. While you may think that everything you do is helping your children, failing to take care of yourself will leave you unable to care for them properly. Here are some pointers that will help you to see whether parenting is making you sick:
You Neglect Things That Help You Take Care Of Yourself
Many parents neglect things that help them to take care of themselves. Maybe you aren’t getting exercise, or eating properly. Maybe you’re constantly doing things for your kids and not thinking about yourself. You really need to make sure you find a way to do things for yourself, for your physical and mental health. This is the only way you can be healthy enough to take care of your kids in the first place. (more…)