Author and fashion editor of The Times, Harriet Walker, announced her pregnancy to friends and family just as the UK went into lockdown last March. Suddenly she found herself dealing not only with a full-time job and the heightened emotions and physical strains of pregnancy – but also looking after her toddler daughter at home, too.
In this episode of #HowToCope, Harriet talks about how she managed with the knife-edge of stress and emotion during that time, and how being viciously trolled for an honest article she wrote was harder to deal with when all our emotions were so close to the surface.
She shares the unusual experience of launching her debut novel, The New Girl, during a pandemic, what it was like to give birth and look after her newborn son during these intense and changed times, as well as what she’s learned about herself and her mental health.
How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
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The New Girl, by Harriet Walker is available in hardback now: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-new-girl/harriet-walker/9781529304008 and is available for pre-order in paperback: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-new-girl/harriet-walker/9781529304046
This episode was recorded remotely in December 2020.
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