The 9 self-care strategies I’m using right now

Our mental health is taking a battering, what with the constant physical and verbal abuse from the children, the lack of support, and having a long-term argument with SEN about the right school for Joanna. Here are the self-care strategies I’m using to fight for my sanity and well-being.… View Post

Your self-care questions answered

I asked you for your self-care questions, and you shared your particular challenges, particularly around common themes of time, childcare, guilt, and healthy self-care. Here I share some of the solutions that my family use to carve out self-care time and get a break from the craziness of adoptive family life.… View Post

The Adoptive Parents’ Self-Care Club

I now have a rather marvellous new members’ Facebook group as well as the public page. Exciting! The Adoptive Parents’ Self-Care Club Facebook group is a place to talk more about self-care and to cheer each other on. There are questions to discuss, mini self-care challenges, and all sorts of self-care shenanigans to encourage you to look after yourself. Come and join in!… View Post

Sleep: the best form of self-care?

What better self-care is there than sleep? It’s good for your mental health. It’s when your body repairs itself. It’s one of my favourite ways to look after myself. Are you getting enough sleep? How might you benefit from a few more hours? Here some answers and strategies for achieving it.… View Post

Is it really self-care if you don’t like it?

I recently posted a picture on Instagram of a packet of camomile tea, saying that I was trying to take it up because I thought it would be good for me, despite the fact that I currently don’t like tea of any kind. Someone questioned whether it is really self-care if you don’t like it. I have a lot of thoughts about this topic. Not just the tea, but about non-enjoyable self-care. I like cake as much as the next person, but I’m also a big advocate for the stuff that’s often called ‘boring self-care’. Here’s why.… View Post