The life rule Holly Willoughby 'fights viciously' for

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Holly Willoughby has opened up about the challenges of balancing family and work life, admitting she will “fight viciously” to protect her work-life balance.

The 40-year-old host of This Morning and Dancing on Ice spoke frankly about her experiences during an episode of the hit podcast "How to Fail" with author Elizabeth Day.

With a busy career and three children - Harry, 12, Belle, 10, and Chester, seven - Holly was asked how she managed to juggle her different commitments.

“I’ve always had good rules in place,” she began.

“There are times where if I’m working in the afternoon I make sure that I get home on the dot of five o’clock, so it’s like tea time, bath, bed and I always do that.

“The majority of the time I fight really viciously for that even if it literally means… me walking off the set and I’m sure there are people at the time that go, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe she’s doing that,” she revealed.

“But I really have to hold onto that, because otherwise there’s too much opportunity for that stuff to slip away and then the person who goes grey inside is you, because you’re the one that hasn’t got that balance right.”

The star went on to reveal that being a mother had enabled her to stay firm to her boundaries and say “no” if she felt too much of her time was being swallowed by work.

She added that prioritising her children over herself made it easier to stick to her own rules as she is “doing it for someone else”.

Despite this, she admitted that her hard and fast rules probably drives those she works with “mad”.

She said: “I think I drive people mad that I work with and I definitely know that I am, like, 'Little Miss No' - is what I’m known as.

"Because I sort of turn down an awful lot of stuff and I walk away from an awful lot of stuff if it feels like it’s getting too much. I’ve always been really protective of that."

Her revelations come just weeks after the release of her new book Reflections, which features life lessons and musings on dealing with emotionally challenging situations, body image, burnout, and finding beauty, both inside and out,

This follows hot on the heels of a new lifestyle platform called Wylde Moon that the presenter launched in September where she will “curate, create and share” the things that she loves.

Willoughby said: “I want Wylde Moon to be a place where I can share the things that I love, the lessons that I’ve learnt, the things I see and instantly want to share with others.

“I want it to be a place where we can celebrate other people, too, where we can shine a light on them, their brands, their experiences,” she added.

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