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A Self-Care Christmas

It’s tempting to get caught up in the quest to give our loved ones the “perfect Christmas” — especially when we see visions of it plastered all over our television screens and in magazines.That’s a lot of pressure and work. And if something goes wrong, we feel we’ve failed. Last year I realized the “cure” for holiday burnout was to shift my perspective. We still put up a tree, decorated the outside of the house with lights and bought presents. We just scaled back a bit. The emphasis was on… Read more A Self-Care Christmas

Empower Yourself to BE YOU!

I’m on vacation this week so I’m running Kelly’s guest post which reminds us to be true to who we are. To be empowered is to say “YES! This is who I am” rather than letting others define you.   To find your inner voice and strength and use it to control your mind, your body, and your thoughts, staying true to yourself whatever life presents. Being empowered is to reject helplessness. It is finding the courage to face what frightens you, and instead learn what you can from these experiences. By searching out… Read more Empower Yourself to BE YOU!

3 Weeks Until Fall Self-Care Contest/Challenge: Let’s Get This Party Started

In the midwest where I live, there are definite signs that fall is upon us. Leaves are turning and days are growing shorter. Summer vacation is over, children are back in school and the air is buzzing with activity. Fall also signals impending holiday madness with too little time to get things done. Which is why self-care is so important now and the reason we chose Mental Health Week (October 2-8) for our bi-annual self-care challenge/contest. We want to remind you to conserve some your energy now, like squirrels gathering acorns, to have enough for what’s ahead. Most of… Read more 3 Weeks Until Fall Self-Care Contest/Challenge: Let’s Get This Party Started

Living Self-Care Goes Global

Yesterday we got our first global subscriber from London. England has historically been a leader in providing humane treatment to women with postpartum depression/psychosis. Today, a clerk asked about our e-mail, “realmomexperts,” which led to a conversation about how she had stayed home with their children and her husband wondered why she was so tired. Now that their roles are reversed, he can’t understand how she got so much done. Even moms-to-be are interested. Just this week an excerpt from our book on “Obstacles to Self-Care” was featured in The Expectant Mother’s Guide- http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/stlouis/obstacles-to-self-care.htm. Lack of self-care is a global epidemic among women of… Read more Living Self-Care Goes Global

Free Yourself to Be Yourself: Mary Oliver’s “The Journey”

To continue the theme of examining your life from Monday’s post, we wanted to share a favorite poem “The Journey” by Mary Oliver in which she describes how ultimately we must abide by our “inner voice” if we are to survive. Imagine our delight when we discovered this is also Maria Shriver’s favorite poem which she presented for National Poetry Day at the 2011 Women’s Conference. So sit back, relax (well maybe) and enjoy the following rendition of “The Journey.” Then let us know what you think. Is this too radical to imagine… Read more Free Yourself to Be Yourself: Mary Oliver’s “The Journey”

“The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living”

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  When asked to refrain from teaching this, he chose to end his life by drinking hemlock. For the last few weeks, this phrase keeps coming up in conversation which prompted me to write about it. How does examining one’s life relate to self-care? Because part of self-care is learning to listen to our “inner voice” and become clear about who we are and what is truly nourishing. Not in a self-centered way but a self-respectful one. However, in today’s frenetic, “need to… Read more “The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living”

For Prego Moms: Beat the Summer Heat!

We’ve been discussing all types of ways to engage in self-care. No time is more important than when you’re pregnant. Prego Factoid: During your pregnancy, your body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused by this additional blood and fluids. Normal swelling, which is also called edema, is experienced in the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet. Swelling can happen at any point during your pregnancy but is usually noticeable around… Read more For Prego Moms: Beat the Summer Heat!

Even More Benefits of Self-Care

Self-Care Makes Us a Better Role Model:  By modeling self-care, we are setting a good example for our children.  Watching us take time to care for our own health and well-being, encourages them to do the same and helps them learn to practice self-care when they are young. Our daughters in particular learn that it is important to care for themselves as well as they do others instead of sacrificing their health and well-being to solely meeting others’ needs.  It teaches both our sons and daughters self-respect and to be respectful… Read more Even More Benefits of Self-Care