ACT and post natal recovery

As a first time mum I think I’d underestimated how much was involved in post natal recovery – physically and emotionally. Given ACT has an evidence base as a good approach to coping with chronic pain, it’s a good fit with the post natal period. For me, I had a significant perineum repair to rehabilitateContinue reading “ACT and post natal recovery”

My first experience of giving birth

I’m aware writing this of how different this post might have gone had I written it before, during or soon after my daughter’s birth happened. Time has altered my lens. That in itself is a defusion strategy I often find helpful when considering something I find both very important and very emotive – questions likeContinue reading “My first experience of giving birth”

My third pregnancy (aka baby tenacity)

I got pregnant for the third time two months before that trip to Australia. I was more than happy to forego those wine tours. I was even happy to embrace morning sickness as a sign that this pregnancy was going to be a sticky one. I held off this time on making my booking appointmentContinue reading “My third pregnancy (aka baby tenacity)”

My second pregnancy (aka baby rainbow)

Another key skill from ACT I had to use to get as far as my second pregnancy was psychological flexibility – the idea that you need to flexibly use the right skill at the right time and bring your knowledge in when you need it. So I needed mindfulness, defusion, clarity on my values, aContinue reading “My second pregnancy (aka baby rainbow)”

Drop the struggle

Another key idea from ACT is that part of what distinguishes humans from other animals is language. Language allows us to have an internal dialogue about our experiences. When children learn to talk, they develop associations between words and objects. For example, they learn the word for cow. They instinctively then want to categorise theirContinue reading “Drop the struggle”

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