Your ques­tions an­swered with Leanne Hall, Re-part­nered sin­gle mum, psy­chol­o­gist, per­sonal trainer & health and nu­tri­tion coach. I work full-time due to my fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and I have lit­tle flex­i­bil­ity in my job so I strug­gle if my chil­dren are

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You’re only hu­man. There are only so many hours in a day and we all have lim­its.

If it gets to a point where our health is suf­fer­ing, some­thing needs to change or our bod­ies will even­tu­ally take con­trol and make the change for us. Change is some­thing hu­mans of­ten strug­gle with. It can feel over­whelm­ing. We don’t know where to start and if we’ve been un­der on­go­ing phys­i­cal and emo­tional strain on top of that, we can find our­selves in a sit­u­a­tion where the change we need to make may re­quire more than we have avail­able to us in our phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal en­ergy banks.

But there are things you can do.


Start by not putting too much pres­sure on your­self to find a quick fix. Al­low your­self to take one step. Then take the next.


Look at your life care­fully. Eval­u­ate ev­ery as­pect and see where you can scale down and relieve pres­sure. Even if you think you’ve al­ready con­sid­ered ev­ery op­tion, con­sider it again.


At this point you need sup­port around you. If you don’t have sup­port on hand in terms of fam­ily and friends, you can reach out to your com­mu­nity or to your em­ployer.

When it comes to work­ing, it’s fine to work full-time but you need to be in a cul­ture that sup­ports work­ing mums. Have a really open talk with your boss. If they won’t sup­port you, it’s not a healthy en­vi­ron­ment for you. It may sound dras­tic, but if they don’t understand your sit­u­a­tion, it’s not sus­tain­able in the long-term and there are work places who will sup­port you.


Make an ap­point­ment with your GP to check for things that could be con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem. Adrenal fatigue could be a fac­tor, and there’s also a lot of re­search now that looks at your gut bac­te­ria and how it re­lates to stress, de­pres­sion and your im­mu­nity.

It’s ok to feel over­whelmed but you need to work out a plan for change or things will only get worse. Go back to ba­sics, get those work­ing for you again, then step up from there.

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