It’s Sunday evening – are you feeling relaxed after a beautiful weekend, or have you got that Sunday dread kicking in now it’s back to school or work tomorrow?
If you’re starting to feel tension, anxiety, or worry about Monday and the week ahead, you’re not alone - so many others get this sinking feeling too. But it’s not good for your health, so let’s talk about what we can do about it...
1) Plan ahead:
Use a diary planner to map out your activities, to-do list, and deadlines. This helps clear your mind from trying to remember everything, which just makes the stress worse. 📆
Also block out a decent window of time each day for relaxing, hobbies, whatever makes you feel good💃🏿💅🏻🧘🏻♀️🏐. Then you can’t forget to pause, check in with how you’re feeling and have fun!
Show your kids how to pack their school bags, lunch box and set out their uniform for tomorrow – it’ll be 3 things off the to-do list straight away and will make Monday morning soooo much smoother and meltdown free.
2) Make Sunday a funday
Rather than the admin day by doing homework / chores on a Saturday instead. This leaves time for fun on a Sunday, stopping it from becoming a negative experience. It’s still the weekend! Let go of chores and prioritise being present as a family for the morning or afternoon – you’ll feel fulfilled, and your kids will feel better for the connected time with you too 🙌🏻
3) Have an early “Selfcare Sunday night”
Make it a special ritual each week. Have a 🛁, light a 🕯 , read a 📚 . Try writing an intention for the week ahead, eg, “This week I am going to do/feel/focus on…” etc. Invite your kids to get in on this too – they’ll just love the magic of it!
Write down how you feel, what’s on your mind. If you’re unsure, just let the pen do the work, there’s no need to overthink it. Before you know it you’ll feel soothed by having released what’s running laps around your mind. 📝
Children just love a journal. We all do! Find one for your teen with a lock and key which adds to the magic of having a safe space to pour out all of their confusing feelings. And whatever you do – resist the urge to dive in for a sneaky peek – this will crumble the trust between you faster than chocolate chip cookies last in the cupboard!
Lastly, wrap up with a beautiful soothing meditation, like a grounding meditation which is ideal to overcome anxiety, as it eases your body into feeling safe and secure for a peaceful sleep and week ahead (you can find free meditations on google or apps like Insight Timer, Buddhify, Breathe etc). A great one for kids is an app called Smiling Mind – it’s simple and worded well for young people to follow along with.
And thank me for a calm evening and great night sleep later! 😴
Ahhhh and breathe….. for now it’s Sunday, savour every minute and give yourself the best start to the week possible 🙏🏻
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You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?