• Guilt No More 29 December 2017 | View comments

  • Blogging-sensation, Anna Whitehouse is a journalist, editor and super-mum in search of pukka things for parents. She previously worked as the Vice Editor at Time Out Amsterdam before writing about shoes and handbags for fashion labels SuperTrash and Tommy Hilfiger. She founded Mother Pukka, a portal for news, events, reviews and honest comment for people who happen to be parents; bridging the gap between parenting and reality.

    Mother Pukka is also working with The Food Doctor . Their latest campaign is all about encouraging women (in particular mums) to abolish the guilt, not just when it comes to healthy eating, but in life in general. As part of this, they’ve conducted a nationwide survey to look into the issue of women and mums and guilt.

    The survey revealed some really interesting stats such as:

    • Only 1 in 5 (21%) working mums agree that they feel worthy of their career success and feel comfortable asking for a pay rise
    • 54% of UK mums believe they need to put less pressure on themselves
    • 3 in 10 (30%) of mums across the UK suffer from guilty thoughts at least once a day
    • 50% identify diet as the most common guilt trigger, closely followed by fitness (46%)

    With over half of mums (54%) agreeing they’d like to put less pressure on themselves, Mother Pukka, offers us helpful hacks to help relieve just a little bit of that pressure and guilt:

    Look up at the sky and take a deep breath

    It’s a simple one, but it works. I am often glued to my phone for work and when the pressure comes from all angles –my daughter, Mae insisting she must have the blue spoon, NOT the red spoon and, of course, the dreaded inbox of doom – taking a second to look up simply clears the guilt and reminds me I’m doing okay. We should all allow ourselves to take the time to relax without feeling guilty about it. Even just removing yourself from a situation and putting things into perspective for just a few minutes can really help.

    Call one person you love, every day

    It’s easy to feel disconnected in this digital world and simply making time, even if it’s just 3 minutes, to speak to someone you love can make a real difference. It could be your mum and dad, one of your mates, or Aunty Janet - not only will you drop the guilt about not being in touch as often as you’d like, but there’s nothing like a quick chat / rant / gossip with someone close to put a smile on your face.

    Listen to your body and be good to yourself

    While I struggle to fit in the elusive ‘me time’, I try to reclaim small moments in my day that are just for me, and I always end up feeling all the better for it. No matter how busy life gets, I try to take time to prepare wholesome foods and snacks like chopped up fruit pimped with cinnamon and peanut butter but, obviously, also enjoy the odd naughty sweet treat. If it ends up that my ‘me time’ is just me, a tub of peanut butter and a spoon… you can bet I will not feel guilty about it!

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