082: Break Through Your Stress to Feel Patient, Confident and Energised

with Giselle Monbiot

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it  

[Sydney J. Harris]

Stress is an everyday part of life in a busy modern world. And I don’t know about you, but I think being a mum takes stress to a whole new level. Whether it’s physical stress, emotional stress or stress brought on by overwhelm and exhaustion, I’ve never felt pressure as intense as I have during the mummy years.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you’ll find out why mums have so much stress to deal with, how your body reacts to stress, and why the ‘fight or flight’ response has spiralled out of control. But never fear, because you’ll also learn how to combat stress, learn some simple techniques to manage difficult situations, and hear about techniques to improve your overall well-being.

My guest today is SuperMum, Giselle Monbiot.

Giselle is a Stress Specialist, Cognitive Hypnotherapist and a Well-being course designer and facilitator who lives in London, UK with her husband and 3 children who are 9, 5 & 3. Giselle’s stress levels peaked when her 3rd child was born. She found herself shouting at her kids, having difficulties sleeping and fell into bad habits of eating the wrong types of food. She was regularly ill, had a constant feeling of anxiety in the pit of her stomach, and dreaded the future.

As a trained therapist Giselle knew she could handle her stress response better. After all, she was teaching stress management to her clients but not applying them to her own life. Fed up with the inner conflict, heightened stress response and bad health, she made a promise to herself to be free from stress and anxiety. She said, “I wanted to enjoy my children, my life, and know that I could regain a sense of peace within”.

Giselle started to practice what she preached and incorporated the stress management tools she used with her clients into her own life.  She learned new relaxation techniques and explored her behaviour patterns and response mechanisms. Over time, Giselle found her old self and started to feel alive again.

And now she’ll teach you to feel alive too. In today’s episode you’ll learn to recognise the ways that stress affects you so you can fight back. And you’ll discover the small steps and the simple techniques you can use to live a less stressful life, which in turn will make your role as a mum more enjoyable.

I am so pleased to welcome Giselle to my show today. She has dedicated her life to teaching women how to regain faith in themselves. Stress and anxiety won’t be the norm. Instead, she’ll help you find calmness, emotional control and a new-found feeling of energy. Get ready to feel alive again.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • Giselle’s personal experience of stress in motherhood and the negative effects that stress had on her
  • How to recognise the symptoms of stress so you can rein it in and take control, before stress controls you
  • Why stress is a basic human instinct, how stress serves us, and what to do when it starts to take over
  • Why modern life can keep your body in a constantly heightened state of alert which ultimately can make you ill
  • A holistic approach to dealing with stress and why making small changes in every part of your life can lead to a healthier, stress-free experience of motherhood
  • Two quick, effective and in-the-moment techniques to help you stop stress in its tracks and start to feel calm again

Hope you enjoy today’s show