While many mothers actively want to take on paid work - for financial, intellectual, civic, social or sanity reasons - and some of us have career ambitions too, that doesn't mean we all want to work almost all the hours in the day.
It has begun, the talk of Christmas, here we go and the madness will not stop until January when the full gloom sets in and no one is allowed to even think about being happy until at least late February.
In our busy workplaces we have so many things to think about, above all our health needs to come first. Bringing a culture of mindfulness to the workplace will not only support wellbeing but also working relationships, motivation, organisation and productivity.
What Jeremy Hunt doesn't seem to get is that junior doctors aren't some resource that he can stretch to fill the growing gaps in NHS funding. They are people. They are some of the most hardworking, highly skilled people in our society, and we need them.
When any of my clients, friends or even I, for that matter, feel stuck in this way I always say it's time to revisit what's important to us; in other words, it's time to reconnect with our values and recalibrate what I call our Personal Positioning System or PPS.
You can either quit exercising altogether and go out in style with a ginger nut biscuit binge, or you can pretend the gym doesn't exist from Monday to Friday, stop beating yourself up about not going in the week, and force yourself to train like a beast over the weekend to even things out. The latter has been nicknamed the 5:2 exercise trend...
Now, aged 35, with many of my peers embarking on their first pregnancy, not to mention, for some of them, leadership roles, I feel compelled to take stock - to appreciate what I've achieved, consider where I'm going, and take a good hard look at what it is I really want from my life.
Sweden was the home of the Vikings and now exports furniture and great music all over the world. Of course, as a Swede, I love the idea that we are starting the six-hour workday movement as well. But for most people the six-hour workday is far from a reality, and the headlines in the newspapers are misleading.
People are constantly telling me I shouldn't work so hard, must take more breaks and more holidays... yada yada yada. But the thing is, I absolutely love what I do. So much so, that while I love travelling with work, and enjoy the odd weekend break, I actually feel a bit resentful about having to take a holiday because it takes me away from my work.
We spend eight hours a day sitting at our desks. Studies have shown that long periods of inactivity can make us feel tired and apathetic. But physical activity can increase the hormone epinephrine, which gets blood pumping faster.
People always ask me how I cope with all the things I do (marketing role, mystery fiction author, gym rat, wife etc). The answer lies within these 10 points that rule my life. Would you be willing to follow them?
Being a working mummy can be tough. Feelings of guilt and that constant dividing of your attention between work and family can get a mummy from cool and calm to stresshead crazy lady in minutes. So what is the key to finding that balance between the two jobs?
Come to think of it we have been raised and trained to take decisions very very seriously. We were told, "If you make the wrong decision the sky is going to fall!" Oh, ok, not in so many words, it was probably more subtle, more like...
It's quite scary that the systematic 9-5 culture is so deeply ingrained that we don't even consider change. If we really wish to improve the way we work, our patterns and ideas should be constantly evolving.
With flexibility, work time can spill over into non-work time, especially when a deadline needs to be met or something unexpected comes up. This 'emergency time' is further facilitated by mobile technologies that allow employers to contact employees at any time.
Women have been urged by fertility experts for years not to wait before having a baby. Many more women than before are starting their family later in order to focus on their working lives. While many believe there is no right time to have a baby, especially while they search for the perfect partner, we look at five reasons why having a baby won't ruin your career.