Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Member Musings: Meditating in the Target Parking Lot


My son is obsessed with a few things, and it goes in cycles. Bey Blades, these little fancy spinning tops, Pokemon cards which he stores carefully in binders to show and trade with his friends, those rubber band bracelets, making origami cranes and paper airplanes

When Do You Find Time to Exercise? No, Seriously. When?

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I love to exercise. I’m not an athlete by any stretch, and I would most definitely be picked last for any game except Quidditch (okay, fine. I wouldn’t even get picked for my favorite, broom-stick-enabled team sport because I’m hopelessly afraid of heights). I’m not wholly uncoordinated; I did ballet pretty seriously in high school, […]

Member Musings: When You’ve Got Your Health . . .


My co-workers are starting to dread seeing my face. I am almost certain of it. Oh, sure, no one has actually SAID anything, but I can tell. Why? Because as the mom of a germ-infested and virus-propagating toddler, I get sick about once a month. And each sickness seems to last about two weeks. Which leaves me, in a good month, quasi-healthy for maybe half the month. So the odds that I am carrying some sort of bug at any given time are about 50/50, I think (but math was never my strong suit).

What about all those good habits that they say will help? Well, let’s see…

Wash your hands often. Um, yeah. I have a grimy toddler who has turned smearing his food on me and other surfaces an art. Not to mention we’re still enjoying diaper changes and, what with him being the joyful bearer of much mucus, many nose-wipings. So, yeah, you could say that I wash my hands often.

Get a good night’s sleep. Sound advice. And I would love to, I really would. But the problem is I have a sick toddler who wakes up several times a night because HE doesn’t feel well. In lieu of being able to make this happen, I have resorted to the newborn-inspired coping mechanism of “sleep when the baby sleeps.” I’m not sure this helps (I’m still sick, right?), but when I am dragging by naptime, I sure do welcome the excuse to fall into bed (for my health, you know) instead of getting things done during one of the sole periods of the day that I can actually accomplish something.

Eat healthy foods. I manage to stick to this pretty well when I am actually at work. Our company café makes it easy by color-coding all the food and subsidizing the healthier options. So I always choose green or yellow. But when I am not at work (i.e. home with a sick toddler or over the weekend), my intentions of eating healthy foods spiral into shoveling cold mouthfuls of excess mac n’ cheese into my pie hole while standing over the sink and hoping that Hush Little Polar Bear did the trick and my little bear will decide to nod off.

Hmmm. Here’s what I think might help… a full-body HEV suit, a well-cast Episkey spell (if only I knew Harry or Hermione), or a few weeks in the Caribbean. Heck, maybe Hawaii would do it. I’m willing to try!

What’s Your Type?

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The Enneagram is a robust system of personality, self-awareness and personal growth. As parents, we are challenged daily to grow ourselves into our best selves so as to meet the developing needs of our children in a peaceful and loving manner. The Enneagram can offer a path out of ineffective parenting patterns such as reacting […]

Beyond the Blues: Caring and Support for Postpartum Depression Helps Everyone

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The first month of motherhood can be stressful and overwhelming, as well as joyful —that stock-photo vision of uninterrupted parental euphoria may crumble after a few days of sleep deprivation. But for some new moms, the new challenges amount to more than a passing strain. Postpartum depression (PPD) affects at least one in ten mothers, […]

How Will You Care for Yourself This Year?

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As a mom of two kids under age 5, I know how hard it can be to take care of yourself on a regular basis. And I don’t mean taking a shower or brushing your teeth. I mean something I call “self-care” — practicing self-nurturing and self-development. It may seem like the only people who […]

Do You Need a Hush Hour?

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Every child can benefit from a daily nap, but sometimes there is nothing you can do to get your child to actually sleep. But day after day, week after week, without a rest break can result in a fussy child prone to tears, temper tantrums and whining. A Hush Hour can provide a wonderful substitute […]

Stress-Free Kids: A Conversation with Lori Lite

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Stress affects all of us, including kids. Learning how to deal with it is an important life skill. With this in mind, PAMP spoke with author and momtrepreneur Lori Lite of Stress Free Kids to get some insight on her approach. Q: What is a stress-free kid?

How to Engage Your Body’s Stress Management System


Prior to kids, I had an intense Wall Street job in New York. I thought nothing of 60-hour weeks and late nights. People said I could handle stress really well. But now, at home with a 3-year-old and a baby, I have to say that my life today is actually much more stressful. It’s hard […]

Manage Emotions with Mindfulness


Often our bodies can be busy doing something, such as driving or washing dishes, while our minds are planning the rest of the day, or rehashing a conversation from earlier in the week. Mindfulness refers to bringing together our minds and bodies using all our senses. For instance, while eating, notice all the colors and […]

5 Mistakes Parents Make That Give Away Control


Life was going pretty well. The morning routine was smooth and rather peaceful. We got out on time and no one was late. The family room stayed fairly neat. The dirty laundry was where it should be. Preparing for bedtime was a breeze. The kids listened and followed directions and were obliging. Then, all of […]

4 Stress Relief Tips for Holiday Shopping, Entertaining & Decorating


It’s official: the holiday season is here—evidenced by all those commercials. Does just thinking about all the shopping, entertaining, and decorating and your ever-shrinking budget send you into a tizzy? Relax. With a bit of thoughtful preparation and some helpful parameters, you can achieve the look and outcome

How to Help Your Kids Relax


How lovely it would be if all you needed to do to help your children relax was to have them take three deep breaths. If only it were that easy. However, most children have so much built-up tension in their systems that simply encouraging them to breathe deeply, relax their bodies or “go to a […]

The Value of Psychotherapy (for Parents and Others)

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There are, broadly speaking, two categories of psychotherapy: 1) remedial, where you have identified a personal problem and want to resolve it, and 2) growth work, where you recognize that you could be better, happier, and want to become the person/parent you know you can be. The value of therapy is the same for both […]

Helping Your Child Deal with Traumatic Events

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The world watched in horror as images of the devastation that occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011, filled our television screens. Buildings crumbled, smoke filled the air, and people’s lives were swept away in an instant. As tsunami warnings were issued across the Bay Area and news of danger from radioactivity emerged, fears mounted […]