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Stop wasting vacation days! Vacation is good for self-care and mental health!

 

Billions of dollars in benefits are wasted every year as employees work through paid holidays and swap vacation days for a few more hours at the office. No wonder American workers say they’re stressed out and burnt out. But if work is so tiring and employers are offering a paid break, why is fewer than half the workforce taking advantage of it?

 

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Line A Day – Journal and Record Memories with Convenient App!

When we hear the word “journal,” the first thing that often comes to mind is “time consuming” or “habit.”  In many cases, we associate the term “habit” with something negative, however, when it comes to journaling, it is a positive habit that we should all adopt.  Unfortunately, although there are many benefits to journaling, very few people take the time to sit down for just a few minutes every day and reflect on their day.  This is because they think it takes too much time, it is hard to get into the habit of doing so, or because they think it is hard to keep all of their memories in one place.  That is where Line A Day comes in.

Created by a University of Maryland student, Line A Day is a journal-like mobile app with group sharing and media features.  With Line A Day, you have the ability to remember anything and everything from your day in a simple and user-friendly application.  Whether it is a highlight, a memorable quote, a deep thought, a line from a story, or really anything, this unique app enables you to remember and capture that moment.  The best part is that by using the app for only a few minutes a day, your memories will last forever.  With Line A Day, there are endless possibilities.  Each day, users have the ability to capture the moment and reflect on their thoughts and feelings by adding text, pictures, voice recordings and saving a location.  Users even have the opportunity to keep their entries private to themselves, or they can choose to share them in small groups of family and friends.

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How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing And Sleeping

Aromatherapy is an age-old technique involving essentials oils that are beneficial to the mind and the body. The nervous system is the part of your body where the mind and body lie. Aromatherapy is also known for healing and influencing positive emotions along with helping individuals with headaches and easing the pain of nervous tension. You can also benefit from the positive affects of aromatherapy on the immune system. If done properly, aromatherapy can also help you relax and help you with erratic sleeping patterns. Aromatherapy will help people that suffer from fatigue and help you fall asleep easier while sleeping calmly throughout the night.

How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing

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Fun Summertime Activities for Kids

KidPlay6Please welcome guest blogger Holly Easterby to BirthTouch! Holly is committed to promote the welfare of children. She understands that children need proper guidance and education to be the best that they can be. Her love for children shows in her education and child-oriented websites, which discuss healthy snacks, motivation, and children’s fashion. She writes regularly for Bonza Brats and other similar blogs. In this blog, she discusses the things you should do to prepare your kids for summertime activities. She also gives several examples of outdoor activities you can do with the kids.

Kids love summer, not only because school is on break, but also because it’s time for fun under the sun. It’s fun to take advantage of the hot weather to finally find the time to move about and just be active. For kids, activities outdoors is always fun, since they get to spend time with other kids their age. You can be creative in coming up with exciting activities for kids during summer. You can choose to use your own backyard or take time to travel. Wherever you are, activities for summer will always be a fun way to bond with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathing can change everything

Perinatal Therapist Spotlight: Robin Muskal, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin Muskal

Dr. Robin Muskal

Please welcome my colleague from Morristown, New Jersey, Robin Muskal, Ph.D., with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has trained as a  psychotherapist, body worker and energy practitioner for 20 years  to BirthTouch®  as a guest expert today!  Robin works with the perinatal and postpartum population as an adjunct wellness practitioner. She is an advocate for whole person care and helps patients build a strong network of community supports. Utilizing a meaningful set of interventions and techniques, such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies Robin, will assist with transitions, balance of mood and empowerment towards self-integrity and healing. Robin is a Board Certified wellness coach, and a teacher of Iyengar yoga. She has a private practice in Morristown and Florham Park, NJ. 

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Featured in Science & Sensibility: One of a Kind: An Interview with Dr. Meltzer-Brody about UNC’s Inpatient Mother Baby Psych Unit

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Psychiatrist at with the UNC Chapel Hill Mother -Baby Psychiatric Care Unit in the US

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Psychiatrist at with the UNC Chapel Hill Mother -Baby Psychiatric Care Unit in the US

I was a guest writer once again over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

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Postpartum Depression: Knowing the Signs and Getting Help

Strengthen our mothers!

Strengthen our mothers!

The birth of your child is a very exciting time. From decorating the nursery to shopping for cute outfits, preparing for your little bundle of joy requires quite a bit of planning in advance. Despite this, expectant mothers often don’t take into consideration the changes that a new baby can bring to both their life and body.
While occasional feelings of anxiety, stress and depression immediately following the birth are not uncommon—these feelings are often referred to as the “baby blues” —it can become worrisome when they continue beyond the first few weeks following childbirth. If you continue to feel down, you should seek help, as you may be suffering from postpartum depression (PPD).
Postpartum depression symptoms affect many women and should not be ignored. According to the American Psychological Association, it’s estimated that 9-16% of women will experience postpartum depression. Educating yourself about the risk factors, symptoms and treatments of postpartum depression with the following facts and tips can help you avoid potential health hazards, making motherhood as joyous as it should be.
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10 Activities for Family Bonding Time

Today I have a guest post from my  friend, Shirley Parker, an experienced mom! Parenting is a developmental right of passage and requires commitment, patience and personal growth!  But it’s also alot of fun! being outdoors and exploring family fun activities is a great way to relax and bond with your children as well as offer ways to get away from all the electronic devices!  Please welcome Shirley Parker to BirthTouch!

 

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#PSIBlog Hop Guest Post: Megan Daley: Putting Down the Mask

Guest Post Today! Megan Daley!

This year again I have the honor of hosting Megan Daley!  Megan discusses her challenges with  perinatal mood disorders twice in her lifetime. She is presently pregnant with her third child. She talks about her concerns in this pregnancy for her postpartum health and how she is proactively creating a personal postpartum plan. To help others, Megan outlines resources that helped her through her dark times. She says:

“The most important thing I ever did was finally put down the mask.”

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#PSIBlog Hop Guest Post: Dyane Leshin-Harwood’s Story of Hope & Recovery from Bipolar Disorder

Guest Post! Nationally Recognized Author Dyane Leshin-Harwood!

Dyane Leshin-Harwood, mother, professional freelance writer and thriving! Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after the birth of her second daughter. She has published nationally about mental health and is working on a book.  Photo courtesy of Dyane Leshin-Harwood.

Dyane Leshin-Harwood, mother, professional freelance writer and thriving! Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after the birth of her second daughter. She has published nationally about mental health and is working on a book. Photo courtesy of Dyane Leshin-Harwood.

Today I have the honor of hosting Dyane Leshin-Harwood’s story of postpartum onset of bipolar disorder. Her story is incredibly inspiring.  I had tears in my eyes as I read her gutsy story! I guarantee so will you! Please join me in welcoming Dyane’s contribution to the Postpartum Support International’s 2014 Blog Hop! Here’s her story!

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