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Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends

Recently, MPs launched a new campaign to tackle loneliness, after research showed that over 9 million people in the UK say they feel lonely, and the effects of “chronic loneliness” can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

When we think of loneliness we often think of older people or those with no family. But in reality, you could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel lonely.

One time in your life when loneliness can strike is when you have a baby. You might have a house full of visitors in those first few weeks, and you spend every waking moment (and there are a lot of waking moments) with a mini version of yourself who needs constant attention. So how could you possibly feel alone when your life is really quite hectic? (more…)

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This week… 1-7 June

This has very much been my week. As in, I don’t have much to write about the kids, as I have barely seen them! I have missed them loads but I’ve had a huge dose of ‘not being mummy’ time, which has been a welcome reminder that I am more than ‘just’ a mum.

First up was my return to work after 13 months of maternity leave. To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I survived my first week (a whole three days) without any lasting damage and the initial feeling of dread has been replaced with something that almost feels like optimism. And not just because I get to wee without an audience, or dress like an actual grown up. Though that does help.

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