Holly Willoughby opens up about being a working mum
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This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby spoke candidly on the guilt she felt for not being able to take her children to school because of her ITV job. In a discussion about being a working mother, she also highlighted the importance of finding the root of the guilt.
On Thursday, Holly appeared on The One Show to discuss her new book titled Reflections, where she opens up about her personal life.
She admitted to “losing touch with herself,” as a mother focused on juggling family life and a successful career.
The presenter also opened up about the struggles she faced being a working mother and the guilt it was accompanied by.
When asked how she managed it, Holly admitted: “I really don’t, I feel guilty about everything.”
“It is totally normal, but what I’ve had to really focus on is where’s the guilt coming from,” she added.
Holly explained: “The problems with mums, particularly working mums guilt is ‘I’m feeling guilty because I’m not there to drop my kids off in the morning because I have to go to to work.’”
She continued: “What I’m feeling guilty about is that in some way I’m clearly telling myself I clearly don’t love my kids because I love my career more than my children, which is why I’m choosing to do this.”
“That’s not the case,” she insisted, “I know that’s not the case, I know I love my kids more than anything on this planet.”
“Why am I thinking like that, it’s because I believe that’s what everybody else is thinking,” she added.
Holly stated: “You just have to kind of re-evaluate who’d rules you’re living by, are they your opinions or other ones you think are out there.”
As the mother of Harry 12, Belle 10 and Chester 7, the This Morning presenter admitted she “lost herself,” and found nature helped her rediscover herself.
While she usually keeps her personal life relatively private, her book offers readers different ways to reconnect with themselves.
She said: “A big part of the book was reconnection in many ways, mainly reconnecting with myself. I felt like I had completely lost a part of myself.
“I was so busy sort of focusing on so many other things, that kind of actually looking in and focusing on myself, I’d lost that a bit.”
Holly understood she was “blessed” to be married with children and have the ability to maintain a successful job.
Despite this, she confessed to forgetting to “stop and be still” as she juggled being a TV presenter in demand with family life.
“I love my career but sometimes, when you are spinning all of these plates you forget to stop and just be still, and work out who you are in the middle of all of this craziness, and this bit that is going on,” she said.
When asked how Nature helped her reconnect with herself, Holly answered: “I had to get to know myself and being still, being reflective, getting into nature was a massive part of that.”
She added: “It really seemed to help me. I’ve got this affinity with the moon anyway, and just looking up and having that there just seemed very grounding.”
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.
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