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When Self-Care is Not Enough; Ask for Help

It has taken many years to learn how to take care of me; always putting other’s first while I drained the energy out of myself. Learning self-care began while battling postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety 21 years ago. PPD was out of my control, but I could seek help from others.  This was very difficult for someone who had never done it before. I gave my family and friends specific direction on how they could help me; i.e. I need an hour to myself, time to go for a walk,… Read more When Self-Care is Not Enough; Ask for Help

Beyond Self-Care: Hope for Postpartum Depression

Sometimes all a mom needs is hope. When buried under the despair of postpartum depression (PPD) or anxiety, it’s hard to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel. The doctor might tell you it’s there, but you don’t see it. You need proof. Since there’s no crystal ball to show you the happiness you’ll regain, you have to get the proof another way. You have to talk to moms who have been there, living examples of a full recovery from PPD. They exist. In fact, they are everywhere. I… Read more Beyond Self-Care: Hope for Postpartum Depression

The “Meta”Chemistry of Love

Have you noticed lately there’s a lot of news about the chemistry of relationships? I love to think about the reaction between our bodies, brains, and feelings. I was talking to my teenage son about this and he said, “Isn’t that meta-chemistry?  How people react to each other?  Like metaphysics, only between people.” Yeah, like that. New research shows that serotonin dips when you feel like you “can’t get enough” of a new love. Dopamine increases in love, which makes you feel just oh so good! Oxytocin, the “cuddle chemical,” not… Read more The “Meta”Chemistry of Love