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Imposter Syndrome and what to do about it…

Most of us have been there – feeling like a fraud, waiting to be exposed, comparing yourself to others and being self-critical. It’s not pleasant but it is pretty common. I knew I wanted to write about this today so I did I quick bit of googling and imposter syndrome has been mentioned by Maya Angelou, Emma Watson, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep. Sheryl Sandberg even talked about it in Lean In. So we are in good company. For me, personally, I can feel like an imposter with work. I am well trained, very experienced and good at my job as an antenatal and postnatal practitioner, as well as a writer, but I do hold myself back. I can feel like all that isn’t enough because I’m not a midwife and I’m not NCT. But I don’t want to be a midwife and, despite being NCT-trained, I chose not to work for the NCT so what is my problem? Comparing and not feeling good enough is my problem and I have been making huge steps …

Just a few words about perimenopause…

life-changing |┬ádebilitating |hormonal | unsettling |exhausting |vulnerable |depressed |anxious |brain-fog |lonely |confidence knocking |emotional | paranoid | rollercoaster | self-critical | strength |wise |old Last year was awful, this year is good – accepting the peri-menopause and it’s many and varied symptoms has made a huge difference. When I have energy and motivation, I am on fire and nothing is beyond me but when I am tired and I have brain-fog, everything is a slog. My current coping strategies are sleep, eating as well as possible, walking, good gin, curling up, being honest and talking about it. I have always been a list maker but now I write down everything, to keep me focused even when my brain is full of cotton wool. And I have a book of positivity – not as wanky as it sounds, honest! – to refer to when self-criticism kicks in and my brain tells me I’m shit at everything and it pulls me out of a wallowing funk. Despite all the change, I feel more empowered and in control …

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For You

Birth, Baby & Family is all about parent support and I am keen to link you with more classes and services for you – this is being developed so I will be expanding this list… wellbeing & fitness Massage & reflexology with Julia at Sanctuary House Hula Hooping for Fitness with Debbie Donaldson Zumba with Jo at Decote Dance 1:1 Parent Support – with Birth, Baby & Family for parenting challenges plus personal focus, planning, change, motivation and work/life balance counselling & therapy Branch Counselling Service – with Helen for family counselling and additional support for you as parents Frankie Aitchison Pyschotherapy & Counselling – for women of all ages to focus on a range of issues including low mood & identity, grief & loss, relationship challenges, life changes, isolation and loneliness.