- Gemma Atkinson has shared how she copes parenting and working solo, while partner Gorka Márquez works away, for Strictly
- Keeping up a healthy routine, featuring exercise and yoga, is how she handles the separation
Former WH cover star Gemma Atkinson has revealed how she copes with working and parenting solo while her partner, Strictly dancer Gorka Marquez, is away for long periods of time.
In a candid post on Instagram, Atkinson spoke about the realities of being in a sporadically long distance relationship as a Mum to one-year-old Mia.
‘I haven’t seen Gorks for 67 days [close to 10 weeks] now,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘To some that’s ages, to others it’s nothing.
‘I get lots of messages from people asking how I’ve coped juggling mum life and work life alone… my family are close by and help me massively! Mia’s Nana and Grandad are incredible and I couldn’t do it without them.’
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While Atkinson is lucky to have family close by, there are other things she turns to to help her combat the stress of parenting solo – a regular exercise routine, good nutrition and scheduling time for herself.
‘I find what works for me is sticking to a routine that I know keeps me mentally strong,’ she says. ‘I train daily. Anything from weights to yoga to a 20 min stretch or dog walk.
‘I eat foods that I know will give me energy & keep me going. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s now more then ever I need to keep on top of “my schedule” to ensure I give my best self to Mia.’
That’s not to say it’s all rosy, though. Some days she’s ‘knackered’, she admitted. And while Atkinson says she’s ‘good on her own,’ having lived alone since she was 17, she wrote that she misses Gorka ‘terribly’ and can’t wait to have him home.
‘We can’t always control our situations, but we can control how we react to them,’ she wrote. ‘I choose to react with happiness in knowing that I have someone to miss, that I have someone coming home to me soon, and that my someone is doing what they love whilst helping to provide for us.’
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