It's been a while since the last update, so I wanted to fill you all in on what's been going on. I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant with my second child, and in recent weeks we have somehow managed to navigate the testing Covid-19 times, buy a house in Devon and relocate our family ahead of the new arrival in September - all whilst my husband has been working full time and I have been studying part time for the final term of my Master's degree in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. In short, it's been a lot! Hence why I've been quiet here and on my social channels. And, with only 8 weeks to go until our baby girl makes an appearance - not to mention 8,000 words of my dissertation still to write (!) - I've decided to put coaching on hold until the New Year, to give me time to finish my studies and enjoy time with my family in our new home. That said, I am opening up some limited coaching slots from January 2021* and taking bookings for those now, so please feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in working with me.
The past few months have been strange for us all, and my research into guilt and shame in new motherhood has highlighted that new mothers have been particularly hard hit by the lack of social support that Covid-19 has brought about. New motherhood is hard at the best of times, but when you throw a global pandemic into the mix it exacerbates the sense of isolation and exhaustion that new mothers feel. Not being able to attend mother and baby groups and see friends and family has put an enormous strain on some of the mothers I have spoken to, and many have found themselves pushed close to breaking point. If this sounds like you, remember that it's okay to ask for help if you're struggling. If you need a break for your mental health, speak to your partner and/or those closest to you and ask for their support. Suffering in silence isn't good for you or for your child.
*These will be for both individual, 1-2-1 coaching (minimum purchase three sessions @ £75/session) and group coaching (minimum purchase six sessions @ £40/session).
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