Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.
Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!
For the fall of the 2016 Presidential campaign, I’m reviewing the candidates’ policies on mental health, a topic close to my heart, as a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor. I’ve been slugging away in the trenches for quite some time. In addition, mental health is an important issue for us all as citizens of the world…as depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
(For this longest election cycle ever, I’ve had to use my mindfulness, emotional regulation and news fasting skills this fall as my sanity is important to me.) Sigh..ok, moving on…
Infant massage is a great way to create an oasis of calm time with your baby. It helps promote bonding and calm both mom and baby. Studies show that infant massage decreases stress hormones (in both Mom & baby), reduces colic and GI symptoms, relieves muscle pains and assists recovery for preemies (Onozawa et al, 2001; Field et al, 1996). It is win-win!
Dancing on the Edge of Sanity
asks once again
How Often Must We Ask for Sensitive Care?
It’s easy to connect with Ana Clare Rouds’ personal story of the reality of motherhood in her book, Dancing on the Edge of Sanity. She shares her personal story about her experience with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she eloquently brings out several issues.
Do you believe that what you think can affect your life?
Does this sound a bit new ag-y, too woo-woo, too out there?
Actually, there is scientific evidence that we tend to dwell on the same old thoughts day after day and this has a powerful effect on how we see ourselves and how we are in relation to others. Read the rest of this entry