How to Overcome Mum Guilt and Thrive as a Parent
Mum guilt is a common feeling among many mothers, and it can be overwhelming at times. It is that feeling of inadequacy or anxiety that mothers experience when they feel they are not doing enough for their children. This feeling can be triggered by different things, such as taking time for oneself, pursuing a career, or simply not being able to meet one's own expectations. In this article, we will explore ways of overcoming mum guilt and dealing with it in a healthy way, while also addressing how it relates to anxiety. 

The first step in overcoming mum guilt is acknowledging it. Many mothers feel guilty for feeling guilty, as if it is a sign of weakness or a reflection of their parenting abilities. However, it is important to remember that it is a natural feeling and that almost every mother experiences it at some point. Once you acknowledge your feelings of mum guilt, you can start to take action to address them. One way to deal with mum guilt is to set realistic expectations for yourself. It is common for mothers to set high standards for themselves and feel guilty when they cannot meet them. However, it is important to remember that perfection is not attainable, and it is okay to make mistakes. Instead of striving for perfection, focus on progress and celebrate your achievements along the way.

How to Overcome Mum Guilt and Thrive as a Parent

Another way to overcome mum guilt is to practice self-care. Many mothers feel guilty for taking time for themselves, but self-care is crucial for mental and emotional well-being. Taking a break, engaging in a hobby, or simply taking a nap can help you recharge and feel more present and engaged with your family. Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish, but rather an important part of being a good parent.

Mum guilt can also be increased by social media and comparisons to other mothers. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparing oneself to others, but it is important to remember that everyone's parenting journey is different. What works for one mother may not work for another, and it is important to focus on your own unique strengths and abilities as a parent.

How to Overcome Mum Guilt and Thrive as a Parent

When it comes to mum guilt and anxiety, it is important to address any underlying mental health issues. Anxiety can intensify feelings of guilt and make it difficult to manage. If you are struggling with anxiety, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. 

 Another way to deal with mum guilt and anxiety is to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and non-judgmentally accepting one's thoughts and feelings. Self-compassion involves treating oneself with kindness and understanding, rather than self-criticism. By practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, you can reduce anxiety and create a more positive and accepting mindset. 

How to Overcome Mum Guilt and Thrive as a Parent

Mum guilt is a common feeling among mothers, but it is possible to overcome it. By acknowledging your feelings, setting realistic expectations, practicing self-care, avoiding comparisons, addressing underlying mental health issues, and practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, you can reduce feelings of guilt and anxiety and enjoy a more fulfilling parenting journey. 

Remember, it is okay to ask for help and to take time for yourself. 
You are doing the best you can, and that is enough.
How to Overcome Mum Guilt and Thrive as a Parent

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14 Ways To Embrace Hygge This Spring
Embracing hygge in the spring has many benefits, from appreciating the little things to spending time with loved ones and creating a cosy sanctuary to relax in. It's not just for the colder months, as there are plenty of spring hygge essentials that can help you achieve a healthy, happy life. Here are 14 ways to embrace hygge this spring and experience the benefits of hygge:

Plant Seeds
Getting out in the garden is such a lovely feeling. Planting seeds outside not only helps to get that essential Vitamin D, but it helps bring new life to your garden and watching something grow from a seed is so satisfying. 

Get Outside Whatever The Weather
Speaking of going out in the garden, getting outside in general is so good for you and makes you feel happy. So whether the sun is shining and you can relax in the garden, or the rain is pouring, grab some waterproofs and wellies and go out and enjoy it. I promise you'll feel good!

14 Ways To Embrace Hygge This Spring

Let The Light In
Open your curtains and let that gorgeous sunlight in, even if it's not a particularly sunny day, it'll make you feel better letting the light in. If it's a warmer day, open some windows too to let that wonderful Spring air into your home.

Brighten Your Home With Flowers
Having fresh flowers in your home can do wonders for your mood, not to mention how beautiful they look! They can brighten up any mood and always help you feel in more of Spring mood! Treat yourself and buy a bunch, or even pick some of your own from the garden. 

Read A Good Book
If you've been putting off or not being able to find the time to pick up that book you've been meaning to read - now is the time. If the weathers dull, make yourself a cuppa and snuggle down with the book or if the sun is shining (who knows, it's England!) grab a blanket and a few cushions and head outside to read a few chapters!

14 Ways To Embrace Hygge This Spring

Enjoy A Picnic Or BBQ
The perfect way to spend some quality time with loved ones during Spring, and enjoy good food at the same time. Why not host a bbq for your family and friends, or even head to the local park with a delicious picnic?

Practice Self Care
Self care is important all year round, but during the warmer seasons taking care of your skin is essential. Why not pamper your feet ready for sandal season, or apply a moisturizing face mask? Self care isn't just about pampering though, it's about taking time out just for you. Perhaps that's filling in your bullet journal, meeting with friends or even just taking a nap in the sunshine!

Visit A Market
Outdoor market are really happy places to be! They're always so full of life, bright colours, delicious smells and lots of wonderful things to buy. You could try a farmers market, fruit and veg market, clothing market, whatever you fancy!

Spring Clean
It might not seem like the most fun way to spend Spring, but it's so satisfying and uplifting to your mood when your home feels all fresh, clutter free and clean!

14 Ways To Embrace Hygge This Spring

Go On A Bike Ride
I used to go on bike rides all the time before children. Just getting outside in the fresh air, not specific place to go, just enjoying the ride! It's such a wonderful feeling. You could go alone with nothing but the wind in your hair, with your partner as a romantic date or even make it a family event!

Bake Something Delicious
Why not try some delicious new recipes using in season ingredients? You could even invite a few friends over for dinner, or cook along with them! It's a great way to try new things, use seasonal ingredients and spend time with loved ones!

Light Candles
Candles are a Hygge essential, and they are not just for cosy Autumn nights. Candles can be used all year round, and they really help create a lovely atmosphere - plus they can make your home smell amazing too. 

Leave The Lights Off
The days are getting longer, there's much more daylight than during the colder months. Which means you hopefully don't need to use the main lighting in your home too often. We only have the one upstairs light on for an hour or so at night during Spring! Why not light a few more candles, and dim the lighting to create a calm, cosy atmosphere in your home. (Of course, be sensible though! If you have children running around, blow out the candles and turn on the lights!)

Exercise Outdoors
If the warmer weather is making you too uncomfortably hot to want to exercise, never fear - go outside! Whether it's doing your normal workout on the lawn instead of in the living room, going for a long walk with your little ones or going for an early evening run, get outside! Get some exercise and Vitamin D at the same time - you're sure to feel amazing for it!

Do you embrace Hygge in your life?

14 Ways To Embrace Hygge This Spring

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Whimsical Mama Box - March 2023

Whimsical Mama Box is an amazing way to treat yourself to some well-deserved self-care and wellness! Each month, you'll receive a surprise box filled with handpicked goodies specifically tailored to your needs. We all need a little extra self love and care, and this could be the perfect way to do just that - while also discovering new products that you may not have known about before. Filled with specifically chosen products by mums, for mums.

I thought I'd give you a sneak peek into what was in the Whimsical Mama Box from March.

Whimsical Mama Box - March 2023

'Untamed' book by Glennon Doyle
Untamed is part motivational self help, and part memoir. 
It's all about learning to stop being who society, or we think society says we should be. She gives us advice on how to listen to our inner voice, and becoming free. It's an incredible read, real and relatable, packed full of wisdom. It'll inspire you from the moment you read the first page.

Whimsical Mama Box - March 2023

The vanilla coffee scrub is so good. It leaves your skin feeling so soft, and the scent is incredible! Although, obviously it has a coffee scent, the vanilla is so delightfully sweet! It’s a really soft, smooth and hydrating scrub - if you aren’t aware, coffee is actually amazing for your skin! I definitely recommend checking out more of their gorgeous scrubs - and we will definitely be featuring more of their scrubs in our upcoming boxes!

Whimsical Mama Box - March 2023

Caramel Biscoff candle from Tiny Tin Candle Co.
The Caramel Biscoff candle is delightfully spicy, similar to a gingerbread scent, with a sweet touch. When the candle is lit, the biscuity Biscoff scent really comes out! The candle has a very strong scent, but not overpowering, just delicious! It’s a really lovely sized candle, in a really cute tin. Plus, it looks amazing with little Biscoff sprinkles on the top. 

Lip Mask from Vitamasques
This mask came in a super cute lip print, in the same shape as your lips. It's easy to apply and stays put so you can go about your day, while pampering yourself! The scent is a gorgeous berry smell and it really helps your lips to feel plump, moisturised and brighter. Plus, it's vegan friendly too. 

Whimsical Mama Box - March 2023

Self Love Stickers from Etsy Seller

Self Care Activity

Plus A Creme Egg, A bath bomb and a extra goodie (that varied from box to box)

Our subscription box is designed to give busy mums a little break - a chance to relax, pamper themselves and even get a few laughs in the process. Every month you'll get a box filled with fun, thoughtful items that will make you feel special. We also include a personal note from us to give you a little extra encouragement and support. We hope you'll give us a try and get a chance to enjoy some guilt-free pampering!

If this sounds like your kind thing, be sure to head to to grab your own box! I cannot wait to see you there!

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