Posts Tagged ‘self-care’

Blackout Shades and Other Tricks to Improve Sleep During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers are worried about sleep deprivation once their little angel arrives. What most of these women don’t anticipate is that they are more likely to experience sleep problems even before they give birth.

Pregnant women usually suffer from sleep disturbances. The most common causes are anxiety, stress, physical discomfort, and hormonal changes. As an expectant mother, you might be currently suffering from sleep problems; however, it is very important to overcome this. Sleep is essential for your health, as well as that of your unborn child’s. Here are a few tips to get a better, more comfortable, and peaceful night’s sleep.

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Best Practices for the Busy Pregnant Mom

Congratulations! Being pregnant is one of the most celebrated moments in a woman’s life. But as a working mum, you may be torn between your nine-to-five job and taking nine months off to take better care of yourself and your baby. However, you don’t have to be anxious about choosing between your career and pregnancy. As long as your doctor says it’s okay to work, you can still manage a career and pregnancy at the same time. Take note of the following advice to help you survive the day.

bump and beyond

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International Child-Centered Divorce Month

 

When you  hurt your ex, you hurt your children more. Istock/TatyanaGl

When you hurt your ex, you hurt your children more. Istock/TatyanaGl

January is International Child-Centered Divorce Month.  Did you know that more divorces are filed for in January than any other month, so that’s why January was chosen to recognize the children?

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Book Review: The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse by Jane Rowan

Many people in my psychotherapy practice struggle with coming to terms with childhood sexual abuse. Flashes of their silent past and the effects of the splitting of the self in order to survive, intrude on their present day life, so they come for support. I’m humbled to witness their heroic, creative work through their inner labyrinth of pain and love gradually towards integration and wholeness.

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Istock/SergeyIT

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Wordless Wednesday: Mindbody Medicine: #LifeList Birdwatching

#lifelist Birdwatching!

I’m a lifelong birdwatcher. I started when I was 12, on Long Island where I grew up. There was a magical park that was about a forty-five minute walk for me. Grant Park. I used to go next door into the middle school field, walk through the back field, crawl down the “rabbit hole” under the chain link fence there, into the apartment complex parking lot, through the parking lot and walk on over to the park. Can you imagine a 12 year old girl taking this walk herself nowadays? I loved the freedom! I felt like Tammy Sawyer!

I was fascinated by this other world, the misty lake, the magical marshy areas around it and the mysterious wood, populated by fairies and other magical creatures: salamanders, snakes and the birds!

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Wordless Wednesday: Mindbody Medicine: My Fabric Stash!

 

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Creating with your hands is a wonderful way to enter into the experience of the essential flow state. To be fully immersed in flow state is to be so absorbed in your task that you lose self-consciousness, your emotions are positively engaged and and you experience deep satisfaction. Developing a hobby is a good way to define a sense of self around positive experiences, outside of depression, postpartum depression and anxiety.

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Wordless Wednesday: MindBody Medicine: Visual Journaling Space

52 years ago my mom made my art space needlepoint chair (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

52 years ago my mom made my art space needlepoint chair (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

This is my creative arts workspace. 52 years ago, my mom, who is now 92, created this beautiful needlepoint cushion cover for her antique chair. I now use this chair when I work on my creative projects.  Mom had this chair in her bedroom for many years before she created the cushion. I remember the chair when I was a small child.    My mom was very creative. She did many quilts and needlepoints. I like to think I inherited my creativity and love of color and texture from her. My Dad was an opera singer, he was always singing in the house.

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Affirmations for Positive Mothering

Be kind to yourself today.
Affirmations by themselves are not all that need to do to enact change within yourself, but are a wonderful enhancement to positive self-development.
Positive parenting and feeling well and confident take conscious, daily effort. The conscious processing of perceived hurts and events helps clear out old habits, making way for new thoughts and ways of being.

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Istock/CreativeFire


Pursuing the development of the self and being gently and consciously present is an organic, life-long path. There are numerous proactive ways to develop a deep knowing and confidence about yourself.
Self-awareness and self-knowledge is enhanced and developed through counseling and mindbody methods such as yoga, meditation, energy work, expressive art. Putting in the effort to identifying a satisfying career and working steadily at all aspects of the work (people skills, technical skills) is a a grand way to open and stretch the inner self. Developing the capacity for compassion and understanding for others is a lifelong organic process as well that is self-enhancing.
Affirmations are just one way to help reset your inner chatter with positive negative self-talk. . Affirmations are positive statements about the self and everyday life. If used daily and consistently, for at least a month, affirmation can build a positive mind-set, helping overcome any negative tapes you can reeling your head. Below are some positive affirmations to help you feel better about yourself, freeing you to take positive action.

I am a good mother.
I have a deep well of patience within.
Time is abundant; I have an abundance of time for myself and my family.
Love is abundant: I have an abundance of love for myself and my family
I co-create a beautiful family with the universal spirit.
I am relaxed and confident in my everyday life.
I understand and ask for what I need and want in a positive way.
My thoughts support and strengthen my positive parenting style.
I breathe deeply and respond with clarity.
My family is safe.
I am able to cope with grace.

#LifeWellLived

2009 - Skiing at Windham

2009 – Skiing at Windham

#LifeWellLived

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Study: Practicing Prenatal Yoga Improves Maternal Comfort, Reduces Length of Labor

Prenatal Yoga: A Mindbody Practice to Benefit Your Pregnancy

 

As a pregnant woman looking looking for a safe, mindbody, self-help way to improve your comfort levels and shorten your birthing time, check out prenatal yoga! Check out the results of this study!

Prenatal Yoga Improves Birth Comfort and Reduces Length of Labor PhotoCredit: Istock/Xua

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