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The Emotions of Parenthood

I had a great conversation about The Emotions of Parenthood over on the Zebra Ears podcast.  We talked about mental health, depression, Meghan Markle, and parenting – now available on iTunes and Spotify.  

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The psychology of scotch bonnets

I’ve never fully understood people who tell me that they can’t “handle” spicy foods. Sure, like others, more than once I’ve bitten off more than I should have, and enjoyed delicious spiciness all the while with tears pouring down my face. So why do some people hate hot sauce, chili peppers, and other spicy foods…

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9 Myths About Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s start off with some important myth-busting. Myth: Suffering from mental illness is uncommon. Mental illness is probably more common than you think. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Chances are you know or are…

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Deep breathing and anxiety

When you feel a wave of anxiety, these are tools that you can use wherever you are. Your breath is your friend. Acknowledge to yourself that anxiety is occurring. Remember that you’ve dealt with this before, and you made it through. EXHALE a long breath. Yes, exhale. You’re letting it out first. Give yourself a…

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Why some people cannot apologize

To be able to admit that we’ve done something wrong requires a certain level of self-esteem or ego strength. People who are deeply insecure can find it challenging to say I’m sorry in part because a single mistake has the power to obliterate their fragile self-worth. The idea that they could make a mistake and…

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Depression and Parenting

I was recently the speaker on The Zebra School, a parenting podcast, on pregnancy and mental health. Depression, both during pregnancy, and postpartum, are very serious concerns that can affect the entire family. The podcast and blog interview will be officially LIVE May 1, 2021. You can listen to the full interview on iTunes, Spotify,…

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Six tips to improve your resilience

RESILIENCE: The capacity to recover from difficulties; toughness. Elasticity. Six tips to improve your resilience: ​Get connected Building strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends virtually can provide you with needed support and acceptance in both good times and bad. Establish other important connections by joining a faith or spiritual community online. ​Make every…

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12 Calming Tips

Make a list. Take a walk. Seek connection. De-clutter. Plan and prepare. Prioritize: conserve your energy. Take a nap; reboot. When you take out your trash, do a visualization: you are taking out the mental and emotional detritus of the week. Schedule worry time; put off worrying until ‘the worry hour.’ Put together a playlist…

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Racial Trauma and Mental Health

Meta-analysis reviews of racial trauma research unequivocally demonstrate symptoms that mirror post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Mental Health. Psychologically, racial trauma can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Arousal: higher reports of somatization when distressed (e.g., stomach aches, headaches, rapid heartbeat). Anger and disruptive behavior: more behavioral problems in children and teens Chronic Stress: depression,…

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