There’s no doubt it’s been a tough year for the Royal family and for Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, it’s been particularly stressful.
And all while home-schooling her children through two lengthy lockdowns.
“No amount of money, fame or blue blood can help you avoid stress and behind their stoic demeanour the royals feel the pressure as much as anyone,” says Antonia Harman, award-winning wellness expert and founder of DivineEmpowerment.co.uk.
“Let’s face it, the last 18 months have been the most troubling for a generation. Stress is a part of life and to be expected, the important thing is how you handle it. The key is to ride the wave rather than drown in the ocean.”
“It’s important not to sweep problems under the carpet and to practise self-care, which means doing what makes you happy. The more love and laughter you have in your life, the less stress will affect you.”
Fortunately for Kate, she’s found her own ways of coping with the pressures she faces.
Here are five ways she de-stresses…
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She laughs at herself
There’s no doubt about it – Kate laughs a lot and she’s not shy about laughing at herself when she’s caught in a tricky situation.
Whether it’s an occasional stumble or a wardrobe malfunction, you’re likely to see Kate roaring with laughter at her own misfortune.
“Laughter is the opposite of stress so finding humour in dark times, especially laughing at yourself, is a wonderful way to not take it all too seriously,” says Antonia. “Laughter also releases happy hormones and strengthens the immune system.”
She loves to exercise
Kate was involved in sport from a young age, excelling at hockey, tennis, swimming and skiing. She was captain of her school hockey team and represented her university at tennis.
Despite her role as busy mum of three and working Royal, Kate still manages to go running, visit the gym and play tennis.
“Getting the body moving and blood pumping really helps alleviate stress,” says Antonia. “Playing tennis is great because there’s a cathartic effect to hitting balls. But any form of exercise is wonderful because stress causes nervous energy which needs to be shaken off.”
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She’s a keen photographer
Out of the public eye, Kate is often to be seen with a camera around her neck. “Portrait photography is her thing and she’s actually pretty good,” says Royal expert Duncan Larcombe. “She takes hundreds of photos of her children.”
Having a consuming hobby is a great way to deal with stress, says Antonia.
“Whatever your hobby is, do more of it,” she says. “Whatever brings you joy will lift your mood. Busy parents like Kate rarely take the time for activities they love, but hobbies are a very important part of self-care.”
She relaxes with her children
“When all the royal pomp and ceremony gets too much for Kate, you can see she quite visibly retreat to her kids and her home,” says Duncan Larcombe. “Spending time with the kids isn’t always the most relaxing but that’s what seems to work for Kate.”
This is because spending time with children is grounding, says Antonia. “Life in the public eye as a Royal is the very opposite of chasing around after the kids. Being with kids helps create balance.”
“It’s very real, a far cry from the formality of public life. Time with your kids brings you into the present and connecting with your family is grounding and joyful.”
“It’s so important to make time for children, even with a busy working life.”
She likes colouring in!
Prince William revealed Kate’s secret hobby when top illustrator Johanna Basford was being presented with an OBE at Buckingham Palace. He said Kate was a fan of Basford’s Secret Garden adult colouring-in book.
“Colouring in is deeply relaxing,” says Antonia. “We spend so much time on devices and looking at screens whereas using your hands and creating beauty of any kind will help you disconnect from tech and connect to yourself.”
“Kate is clearly interested in art having studied history of art at university so this colouring no doubt helps her connect to her passion for art and beauty.”