Musician and author Izzy Judd, 36, lives in London with husband Harry, 34, drummer with the band McFly, and their children Lola, four, and Kit, three...
What’s the best thing about being a mum?
Watching my children’s love for each other grow. I remember how I felt about my brothers when I was young and it’s really special.
And the most challenging?
Feeling like I’m struggling to give enough of my attention to both children. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve got to the end of the day and I’m just surviving rather than actually giving them the time they need.
Describe an instant mum self-care trick from your book, Mindfulness For Mums…
Rub your hands together really quickly and cup them over your eyes. It brings you a moment of warmth, time just for you.
Are you into fitness?
I exercise two or three times a week. If I miss a session, it affects how I feel mentally. I do strength training and yoga, and I also Iove getting outside for a run.
Pre-Covid, how did you and Harry make the most of any time you got to yourselves?
If granny was available to babysit, we tended to go for brunch or an afternoon at the cinema because by the evening we’re so tired!
Does music feature in your daily lives?
Music is always on in the house, especially at teatime. I love to play my violin to the kids because they enjoy it however bad I sound! Harry and I met through music so it connects us as a family. I’d be lost without it.
Are you close to the other McFly wives/mums?
Yes – we’ve been around each other for so long. We all understand what it’s like when our husbands have been away on tour,
so we’ve developed a deep bond.
Izzy’s 5 tips for keeping calm at home
1. Pause for thought
Remind yourself that though you can’t control the day’s events, you can control how you react.
2. My space
Create a calm corner in your home where you can take time out.
3. Teddy bear breathing
Lie down with your child, both place a teddy bear on your tummy and watch the teddies move as you breathe. It’s a great way to slow things down.
4. Hand on heart
Place one hand over your heart – this simple action alone is soothing
5. One-word wonder
Take a deep breath in, then breathe out and say: ‘Today I choose patience’.