We are midway through February and most of the people who resolved that 2018 is the year they finally get into shape are dusting themselves off after falling off that bandwagon. I don’t blame them. Been there, done that, and yet somehow still there, still doing it. Vowing to exercise is no longer just a good intention; it’s something of an addiction. We do it several times every year. Each time we start we last a couple of weeks at best, and those are the more determined among us. The rest of us are full of steam for three days before we decide that it’s never that serious. Until some months later when we cannot button our favourite jeans and we realize that it is that serious. God have mercy on our souls. [Read more…]
It’s here. Valentine’s Day is upon us and as many as are giddy with anticipation are those giddy with apprehension. It’s a fact that some people enjoy Valentine’s a bit more than others, and others a bit less. Who doesn’t have that one friend who must wear red to mark Valentine’s? Or that other friend who does the most to act like the day doesn’t even exist, and scoffs at anybody who even breathes in a manner to suggest they recognize that it is Valentine’s? And of course, as it is every year, jokes abound on how some men will disappear from the lives of their women on the 12th and not reappear till the 16th. And as it is every year, florists and hotels are getting ready to make a killing. Same old, same old.
I am one of those people who loves love. I love watching chick flicks, if only for the promise of a happy ending. I love walking in town on Sunday afternoon and seeing couples walking hand in hand. And even though I can’t say I am super-excited about this day, I love the idea that there is a day when people have an excuse to go all out, and to expect others to go all out for them. Yes, I am talking to you who is expecting some magical surprise from your husband. It’s okay, there is no judgment coming from me, haha. I hope he comes through. I mean, you deserve it, don’t you? [Read more…]
The period when maternity leave ends and you are going back to work is usually filled with a lot of anxiety. You’ve been home with baby all this time, you were probably personally in charge of everything in the life of your child, from feeding to play time. And now you have to relinquish some of that control to someone else, perhaps a nanny, because you will be at work for most of the day.
Many mothers are filled with What Ifs. What if the house help forgets to feed the baby? What if my sister drops the baby? What if the baby is kidnapped? What if by leaving the baby I’m unknowingly affecting their emotional development? What about breastfeeding?The fears range from the irrational to the most sensible. Some women feel guilty for leaving their baby and going back to work. Others feel guilty for being eager to go back to their jobs. Many can barely concentrate at work and end up calling home to check on things every hour. It’s easy during that period to visualize the worst things that can happen and make the experience far more stressful than it must be. Thankfully, there are ways to counter this and help yourself adjust to being away from your baby. [Read more…]