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MENTAL HEALTH

  • BODY IMAGE, BY CLEMMIE TELFORD, EMOTIONAL, INSPIRING, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHER OF ALL LISTS, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MOAL X BUT WHY?

    As you have more than likely heard by now, I published my first book last week!! It's called BUT WHY: How to Answer tricky questions from kids and have an honest conversation with yourself. The source of the answers for BUT WHY? came from all over - the podcast, interviews with experts, conversations on Instagram but also from here on Mother of All Lists. All of the lists have taught me something, but a couple were so significant that I felt honoured to be able to include them in the final edit of the book…

  • BODY IMAGE, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER

    This one, by Jen Spurr really resonated with me. Having had a a very up and down relationship with my own body for most of my life, I'm now in a good place but as Jen explains, it's taken an awful lot of work to get there. Jen can't remember a time when she didn't have BDD, and she was only able to start healing when she became a mum. She just knew she didn't want to pass these feelings onto her daughters, she wanted to break the cycle. …

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH IN MY BATHROOM

    After the birth of my first baby, I felt completely traumatised and couldn't get the horror out of my head. So when Emily Neumann emailed about suffering birth trauma, I could absolutely identify with those feelings of utter terror, anxiety and aloneness. Emily's waters broke early and everything happened so quickly, she ended up giving birth on her toilet at home. What she went through was incredibly traumatic, and the flashbacks she's had have been unbearable…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    HOW I REACHED BURNOUT

    The emotional, physical and mental exhaustion slowly crept up on Flic Taylor, as she struggled through the days, spinning all the plates. Until it was too late, and she quit her job and stayed in bed for three weeks.  It's something I'm so aware of - struggling to juggle all the balls in life is too real sometimes. They get dropped, and I feel like I'm running on empty. But how do we know when it's time to stop? Or when to ask for help?…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD AS AN ADULT

    This is Rebecca Schiller's story about how, over three decades, she had always felt at odds with the world. She spent her life trying to fit in and to cover things up, amidst the swirling chaos of her mind. But in the end, it broke her. And then she was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 37. And finally, things began to make sense…

  • EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

    After my first baby, I was exhausted, lonely, terrified and felt like I was walking through glue, but assumed this was normal; this was how all new mums felt, wasn't it? It was only later, when I looked back, I realised I'd been suffering from postnatal depression. Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week starts tomorrow and with that in mind Iwona Pinkowicz wanted to share her incredibly honest story about how she had to reach breaking point before she was diagnosed with PND...…

  • MENTAL HEALTH, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    SELF COMPASSION ANYONE?

    One way and another we have all been in 'survival mode' since March 2020. Don't know about you but it's hard to know whether to take the 'soldier on' approach or allow things to let up a bit. Here Jodi Garrod talks about learning to be Self Compassionate and all that it's given her…

  • BODY IMAGE, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    MALE EATING DISORDERS

    Having watched the Freddie Flintoff documentary about his struggle with bulimia I have been thinking about the unique challenges of male eating disorders. Thank you Connor for being so open about his ongoing recovery from his, including how it intersects with his relationship with exercise. …

  • MENTAL HEALTH, TRAVEL

    PHOBIA OF FLYING

    This might seem like an unusual list to share at a point when people are taking fewer flights than ever, but what's most interesting about this piece is it picks up on a pivotal moment of when a rumbling fear escalates into a phobia and how to do something about it.…