ONCE she went home feeling "stressed and shouty" but now Julia Harris is aiming to stop other working mums suffering the same fate.
The former civil servant from South Tyneside juggled intense work pressures with being a mum to Ellie, 18, and 12-year-old Will, plus all the other jobs that were waiting at home ... and eventually needed time off work suffering from stress.
She ended up taking a life coaching course and decided to use the knowledge to set up a business to stop other working mothers from falling into the same trap that she did.
Ms Harris said: “I believe that, as working mums, we face challenges that many of our male colleagues do not face or understand. Women have a tendency to strive towards being all things to all people.
“We do this at home and at work and we often put ourselves last in the pecking order. A few years ago, I had a job that was draining the life out of me, although I didn’t realise it.
“When the day came that I finally fell off the edge, broken and burnt out, I realised that it wasn’t ‘good stress’ and loving my job that had kept me going for so long. It was adrenalin and sheer stubbornness that ‘I can do this’!”
She qualified as a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, specialising in stress at work, and now helps women to develop strategies to help them remain calm, confident and in control. “I know what it’s like to be in a situation where there is pressure at work and then you come home and have to deal with all the work of a wife and mother,” she said.
“It makes you ‘stressed and shouty’ – and I know from talking to other women that that’s a phrase they can relate to.” Julia initially wrote the eBook Stressed to Refreshed to help women, and has now developed the 30 Days to Calm, Confident and Back in Control course, aimed specifically at working mums in corporate jobs.
She is now taking her concept online so, if the client needs extra support, she can give one-to-one advice.
She said: “My aim is to eventually take my business into the US, to help even more women in high-end corporate jobs who face the same pressure to succeed at work and home.
“I aim to give women the coping mechanisms they need so they can stay in the jobs they love ... and stop getting ‘stressed and shouty’.”