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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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#LifeList Time! Join us for a blog hop!

I’m joining several of my bloggy friends, including Yuz at Not Just About Wee and Andrea B at Good Girl Gone Redneck in compiling a Life List.

Please join us!

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Co-parenting Through Divorce: Part One: Finding Strength Within as You Redefine the Self

As you go through your divorce, do you think you are acting out your unconscious hurts and anger on yourself and others, possibly your children?

Istock/Bosca. Divorcing has bad feelings around it. Be careful not to take your bad feelings into your relationship with your children.

Istock/Bosca. Divorcing has bad feelings around it. Be careful not to take your bad feelings into your relationship with your children.

 

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Do It YourSelf-Care DIY-Care Garden Therapy!

 

Therapeutic horticulture...provides positive distraction and attentional engagement…(which) mediates decline for anxiety and depressive symptoms…” Garcia et al, 2010)


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Guest Community Manager(April) for Lamaze

Science and Sensibility

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Perinatal Mental Health Join Us at the ICAN Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of Greater Essex County (NJ) meeting, hosted by Lakeisha Dennis, at 6:30 PM in New Jersey. The meeting will be held at Seton Hall University in New Jersey in the Arts & Sciences Building, near the School of Nursing.

I will be discussing perinatal mental health, risk factors, birth trauma, differential diagnosis and the ways birth professionals can support their clients/patients.

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#OccupyHealthCare #MindBody Practices – They are FREE

Mindbody practices have so many benefits, you’d have to order online from outside the US to be able to afford them- Read the research!

 

With so much talk about the expense of healthcare, I wanted to put out a positive message about inexpensive mindbody self-care practices. Self- care doesn’t have to be expensive. Self-care is an important component of postpartum depression treatment. Low cost mindbody therapies are helpful on many levels. Research strongly indicates complementary therapies improve health on multiple levels and in concrete ways and are low cost.

For four rewarding years, I ran the MindBody Program at the Cancer Center at a hospital. The program provided relief for people with the burden of chronic illness on emotional and physical levels. Research indicates persons with chronic illness, co-morbidity, aging-related illness and persons with mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, are among the most likely to use complementary therapies (Cheung, Wyman, and Halcon, 2007), so it was a good fit. Research such as that conducted by Ben-Ayre, Frankel, Klein, Scharf (2008) indicates patients expect their physicians to refer to appropriate complementary care clinics as needed. The MindBody Program was a forerunner of the integrative medicine trend.

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Invisible Pain – Mental Illness

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama


Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte wrote a blog post called Invisible Pain, discussing how people with chronic invisible illnesses such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, Cushings Disease, etc. might be silently suffering and dismissed as having pain “all in their head.”  

 

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My Three Words for Mental Health in 2012

Chris Brogan, web entrepreneur, and also a depression survivor himself, has a blog topic/exercise called “My Three Words.” He uses this exercise the New Year as a way to create what he calls his “guiding pillars” to focus his business on the new year. Ala Chris Brogan, I’m going to borrow his idea and create “My Three Words for Mental Health in 2012.”

I’d love it if you’d leave your three words to improve and maintain your mental health in 2012.

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Perinatal Mood Disorders on Dori’s Word of Mom BlogTalk Radio

Join me today, Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 2 pm – 3 pm on Dori’s Word of Mom BlogTalk radio discussing pregnancy, birth and postpartum mood disorders!

Did you know that women are twice as likely to suffer a mood disorder than men, and this risk of depression begins at puberty? Women’s moods are influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. Are you at risk?

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