Self-esteem and Postnatal depression

Self-esteem is how we feel and what we think, about ourselves. If our self-esteem is healthy, we generally feel positive about ourselves and life in general. If we have low self-esteem, we tend to have a more negative outlook on life and can often feel overwhelmed more easily by even the smallest obstacles, than others with a healthier outlook. Our fundamental opinion of ourselves is formed in childhood, when our teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and, these days, social media, send us positive and negative messages that we subconsciously swallow whole. For some reason, the message that we are not good enough is the one that stays with us. Stress and difficult life events, such as Postnat

Boosting self-esteem after baby loss

Baby loss is one of the hardest life experiences you could deal with and if baby loss is affecting you, you may be experiencing anger, frustration, guilt, loss of identity, low self-worth and low self-esteem. Sometimes you might need to grieve alone and sometimes you might need to share your grief, so finding the support that works for you is important for coping with your experience. Muma Nurture can offer support through counselling, hypnotherapy, reflexology and other holistic therapies. If you are having feelings of low self-esteem hypnotherapy can be a very effective therapy for boosting confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, and for dealing with negative thoughts and emotions as it works

Boost your self-esteem during pregnancy

With all the changes that occur during pregnancy, hormonal and physical, you may not be having the ‘glowing’ experience that many people talk about. You might be finding it difficult to adjust to the changes taking place and your self-esteem and body image may be suffering. Social pressure and the expectations of how you should feel and look during pregnancy can further lead to lower self-esteem. Feelings of low self-esteem and negative thoughts during pregnancy are common rather than unusual, but there are ways to boost your self-esteem, confidence and body image. Build strong support – spend more time in positive rather than critical and negative relationships. Accept that the changes can

Pre-Loved Clothing and Accessory Sale

Make sure to pencil in the 13th of March 7pm in your calendars as we are organising a pre-loved clothing and accessory sale where we will be selling designer and high street brand; clothes, shoes, bags and accessories at extremely low prices in order to raise money for a great cause. Ticket prices are only £5 which include your first drink whether that prosecco, wine or a non-alcoholic drink. Why not bring along some friends for a fun filled evening of shopping without the expense of hitting the shops.

Hypnotherapy for Self-esteem

Hypnotherapy can be a very useful tool for dealing with low self-esteem as its goal is to repair the mind and re-teach the sub-conscious to be less negative and more supportive. Negative life experiences or feedback from others can be stored in the subconscious, and the inner voice from the subconscious produces automatic negative and critical self-talk, which undermines your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. Feelings of low self-worth may develop as a defence mechanism, for example negative thoughts such as you’re not very good at, or you’re uncomfortable in, social situations, can result in you actually being uncomfortable in social situations, and this can then lead to avoiding soci

Self-esteem and postnatal depression

Having a baby isn't always all it is cut out to be. For some of us, the life-changing experience, the responsibility for another person, the sleep deprivation, the struggle to get back to our normal weight, to name a few common issues, all get on top of us and we feel overwhelmed. Most new moms experience the "baby blues" - mood swings, crying and anxiety - after having a baby, perhaps lasting for a couple of weeks. Others however, experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression, known as Postnatal Depression, or PND. According to the NHS website, 1 in 10 women experience PND within a year of giving birth and it can also affect fathers and partners. Seeing all the seemingly perfect

Self-esteem and baby loss

Losing a baby is one of the hardest things we will ever experience and, for most people, something we never ‘get over’. With the right help however, we could learn to cope with everyday life and maybe even to think about our baby without the overwhelming and paralysing devastation that was there when she first died; it is very important that we get the support that is right for us, wherever we're at. As many who have experienced loss know, grief can be a complicated process and no two people experience exactly the same thing. A common side effect that many people seem to share however, is the loss of self-esteem. Many of the recognised causes of low self-esteem are related to the loss of a

Pregnancy and Mental Health

Pregnancy is a very different experience for everyone. Understandably pregnancy brings with it new anxieties; worry about the baby, about the birth, how you will cope with a new-born, how your finances or family dynamics will change. You may even be unsure how you feel about the pregnancy, especially if it was unplanned. All of these things can be overwhelming. Pregnancy also brings about huge changes in hormones which adds to the fluctuating emotions and you may also be struggling with physical symptoms such as sickness, poor sleep and exhaustion. Many people talk about blooming and glowing in pregnancy, so when you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed and depressed you may be reluctant to tal

Volunteering and Mental Health

As what feels like the longest month of the year has come to an end and we are halfway into February, how are you feeling? How did your New Year’s resolution(-s) go? Did you steer clear of drinking alcohol or eating sugar? Did you go for that walk you set yourself out to do, every day? Did you join that gym you said you would, to lower your cholesterol? Whatever your resolution was, if you feel disappointed for not achieving your January goal(-s), why not sign up for some volunteering? On average, 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. Only a relatively small number among those people however, will be diagnosed with a serious mental health

Self-esteem and fertility

The fertility of women and men can be affected by physical well-being and lifestyle choices. I think most of us know that drinking alcohol, smoking and eating badly, can make it harder to get pregnant, but were you aware of the impact that psychological well-being can have on fertility? Struggling to become pregnant can be very stressful and lead to psychological issues, with feelings of failure and loss resulting in anxiety, stress and low self esteem. Psychological issues, and the way you feel, can then further affect your fertility, causing hormone disturbances and sexual dysfunction. If you’re struggling to get pregnant, or in the process of having fertility treatments, proper support th

Postnatal Depression and Relationships - Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine’s Day. Are you doing anything special? Are you ignoring it? Would you like to do something, but feel unable to, for whatever reason? If you recently had a baby and aren't enjoying it as much as you'd hoped or thought you would, you may not feel like celebrating anything at all? Whether we are in a romantic relationship with someone, or not, many of us feel pressurised by all the cards, love hearts and dinner-for-two offers everywhere. Perhaps we are thinking we should do something special today, but don’t really feel like it… Perhaps we can’t afford to do anything much either. We don’t have to do something extravagant to show each other love; we don’t have to shower each o

Baby loss and Relationships

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Are you doing anything special? Are you ignoring it? Would you like to do something, but feel unable to, for whatever reason? If you lost a baby, whether it was ten years ago or just recently, you may don’t feel like celebrating anything? Whether we are in a romantic relationship with someone, or not, many of us feel pressurised by all the cards, love hearts and dinner-for-two offers around Valentine’s Day, feeling inadequate. Perhaps we are thinking we ‘should’ do something special tomorrow, but don’t really feel like it… Perhaps we can’t afford to do anything much either. Obviously, there are many among us who are not in a relationship and Valentine’s day doesn

Pregnancy and Relationships

Pregnancy is a very different experience for everyone. Even a seemingly straight forward one can bring about a number of challenges, both physical and emotional. During the first trimester, many women suffer from sickness and a tiredness worse than ever before. Hormonal changes often mean a fluctuation in emotions and you may feel anxious about this new phase in your life. Is the baby OK? What will labour and then, life with a new-born, be like? How are your finances and family dynamics going to change? All of this can at times feel overwhelming and may also have an impact on your relationship. The struggles during pregnancy are very common and if you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed, perhap

Volunteering and Relationships

As what feels like the longest month of the year has come to an end and we are finally in February, how are you feeling? How did your New Year’s resolution(-s) go? Did you steer clear of drinking alcohol or eating sugar? Did you go for that walk you set yourself out to do, every day? Did you join that gym you said you would, to lower your cholesterol? Whatever your resolution was, if you feel disappointed for not achieving your January goal(-s), why not sign up for some volunteering? On their website, The Mental Health Foundation lists just some of the benefits of volunteering: It provides structure and routine; It can help people feel good about themselves; It can improve feelings of self-e

Relationships and Fertility

Dealing with fertility issues and treatment can be a stressful time for both men and women. A relationship can suffer due to the stress of trying to get pregnant, and sexual dysfunction can be the result of trying to time intercourse with the most fertile time. The stresses on a couple’s intimacy, along with feelings of sadness and failure, can lead to problems with the overall relationship. Couples may experience disagreements due to differences over when to get help, as one partner may prefer to wait while the other would rather seek help immediately. A couple may disagree whether to share their fertility issues, as one partner feels ashamed and embarrassed and the other feels isolated and

Postnatal Depression and Mental Health

Having a baby can be the most wonderful thing in the world, but it isn't always. Giving birth to a baby can trigger lots of powerful emotions like excitement and euphoria, but also, in many cases, anxiety and fear. For some people, having a baby can result in something we may not expect, depression. Most new moms experience the Baby Blues after having a baby; they usually begin within the first two to three days after delivery, can last up to two weeks and include mood swings, crying, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Some new mums however, experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression, known as Postnatal Depression, or PND. If we have suffered from mental health problems previous

Baby Loss and Mental health

Sadly, the death of a baby is not a rare tragedy. In 2018, 14 babies died before, during or just after birth, every day in the UK. Related training for health professionals isn’t always adequate and parents whose hopes and happiness have just been shattered do need a sensitive explanation as to why their baby died, as well as ongoing support. Grief following the unexpected death of your child is an enormously intense and enduring experience, which can turn into long-term depression and you may struggle to get out of bed in the morning; you find lots of things triggering and like you're constantly close to tears. Loss can also be the catalyst for any unresolved problems coming back to the for

Eastbourne Local Lottery

The Eastbourne Local Lottery is on every Saturday and for every £1 ticket purchased we receive 50p, that 50p may not seem like a lot but in reality it could help so much, it would help us run our clinic because it costs about £300 a week just to maintain the clinic. Every little would help and we are very grateful for what we already get from you. but 50p more could really make a lot of difference as it would mean less concerns regarding covering costs and it would give us the ability to continue services. Thank you for your ongoing support. If you would like to grab yourself a ticket why not head along to the website; https://www.eastbournelocallottery.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR1iTLGwOEH8R0ievmWuZt

Mental Health and Fertility

Fertility problems and the stress of not fulfilling the wish for a child can have profound effects on the mental health of both men and women. The intrusive infertility treatments available can also contribute to mental health issues (MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health). Couples may experience stigma, sense of loss, reduced self-esteem, sense of loss of identity and feelings of defectiveness and incompetence. Stress and depression are commonly associated with infertility, with anxiety significantly higher for infertile couples compared to the general population. And after initial feelings of grief and shock have passed mental health issues can continue. Research has found that women presen

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