The cruelest trait of anxiety is its ability to creep up and blindside you whilst you're sitting eating your mugshot on a Tuesday afternoon. For me, anxiety started as that feeling of rocking on your chair a little too hard and tipping over the point of balance.
What annoys me most is that I may be seen as someone who isn't using these services properly and that I am wasting time and money. I need these therapies to be a better person mentally and overall a better mum, yet nothing is done to help me go to these appointments.
Friends talk fondly about time spent with their new babies. They complain about sleep-deprivation and 'new parent panic' but there's always warmth and affection in their voices. It makes me wistful. It sometimes makes me sad.
The first few weeks and months with a newborn baby are challenging to say the least. After having my son, I spent most of those first 12 weeks in a dark hole, mentally. I bathed in feelings of hopelessness, worry and neediness.
Those lovely hormones that caused your hair to stick around for longer than usual were simply on loan as a consolation prize to make up for all the other crap that pregnancy hormones put you through. Now that your baby is here, they are simply leaving your body and taking the extra hair with them.
So, what should you say? Before you get mournful and buy an 'in loving memory' card for their fanny just have a word with yourself. Tell them they look great, they're doing really well and make them a brew, just the same as before they were a new mum really.
I am incredibly proud and relieved to tell you that not only did I complete my personal mission of putting these demons to bed I actually managed to light the touch paper underneath every single one of them and watch as they want up in smoke and disappeared forever. You see, what I have come to realise in all its beautiful glory is that my illness and this geographical place are two separate entities that exist independently of each other. It is just a place. I am no longer ill.
Having a baby is a life-changing experience that brings joy and happiness to parents and their families. However, for some of us, it can take time to feel these positive emotions as feelings of negativity and depression can be triggered after giving birth.
Of course, we're told to call a number if we need support or advice. But many women won't. And especially not in the wee small hours of the night. Many will struggle in silence or sink into denial - snapping at a concerned partner or parent that "they're fine".
I wish, wish, wish I'd appreciated my body between the years 1996 to 2013. It really wasn't that bad. Yes, I often sported a few extra pounds, and no, I wasn't a size 10. But really, compared to now, I was in great shape... Here's a cake that almost includes one of your five a day.
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