Source: Photo: Pixabay from Pexels Why are we talking about self-care and divorce? Self-care has become a buzzword. There are hundreds of websites, articles, and books on the subject. A whole industry has grown around the idea of self-care, promoting spas, travel, indulgences of food, or even hair coloring. Much in this new industry is frivolous and misleading, but it targets a serious and pervasive problem. The problem is that we all live fast-paced, hectic, stressful lives with pressures at work and home. We exhaust ourselves caring for others while we neglect ourselves. Our relentless pursuit of material success or recognition drives us into competitive behaviors that can isolate us from sources of emotional support. Whether it is a struggle to get ahead or a struggle simply to survive, we are either unaware of or ignoring our own emotional and physical depletion. When we have a loss, separation, or divorce, the problem gets much worse. Someone had to name the problem and … [Read more...] about How Did Self-Care Get Co-opted by Big Business?
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We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” Food is one of the biggest contributors to how we feel on emotional, psychological and physical levels at any given time. But during the busy and stressful holiday season, it is even more important for all of us to monitor and balance what we ingest and to include foods that can help us manage anxiety and stress. Caffeine and Energy Drinks It doesn’t take an expert to know that when we drink too much caffeine or too many energy drinks, we tend to feel jumpy, speedy, and scattered. These symptoms also mirror the way we feel when in the throes of anxiety as our heart rates beat faster and our palms turn clammy. It would be appropriate to deduce then that caffeine and energy drinks are not good to ingest while stressed as they can accentuate anxiety’s effects. Sugar We can also look at sugar in this realm. When we eat a lot of sugar, we get an instant rush of energy that makes us feel on top of the … [Read more...] about ‘Tis the Season of Eating: Don’t Feed Your Anxiety
By Katherine Schreiber When we talk about climate change, we tend to think about its effects on our environment — melting polar ice caps, extreme swings in weather, more frequent droughts, flooding, and higher incidences of natural disasters. But what about the effect on our moods, thoughts, and feelings? A new report written by the American Psychological Association, Climate for Health, and ecoAmerica argues that our mental wellbeing is just as vulnerable to global warming as is our earth. Take, for example, the after effects of natural disasters, which the authors of the report argue have the most immediate impact on mental health “in the form of the trauma and shock.” Such trauma and shock arise in response to losing personal property or livelihood, losing a loved one, or experiencing personal injury. “Terror, anger, shock and other intense negative emotions that can dominate people's initial response may eventually subside, only … [Read more...] about How Climate Change Affects Mental Health
Source: Rawpixels/Shutterstock As a caregiver, you have a unique set of needs and great strengths that help you navigate your journey. Caregivers face a constantly evolving role that changes with the health and needs of your loved one. You may deal with false and/or real expectations and feel a roller coaster of emotions associated with them. Being a caregiver is a long journey, often with unforeseen and unique barriers. As such, self-care is essential to your health and wellbeing as well as that of your loved one. When most people think of self-care, they think of exercise and eating well. Those are two important topics, but the core of wellbeing comes from how you feel about yourself, your life and your relationships. Your Sense of Self Who you are at your deepest level includes the thoughts, feelings and wishes that come from the mind. It also includes your spiritual life and having a sense of meaning or purpose. Those caring for a loved one can lose that sense of self. Even as … [Read more...] about How to Make the Most Out of Your Role as a Caregiver
Source: Serani Looking after yourself, or self-care, is vital to physical, emotional and mental well-being. Self-care is best defined as the ability to take proper care of your daily living needs, like eating, sleeping, grooming. But it’s also about identifying your own unique needs and taking steps to meet them—like making the time to do things that nurture you, as well as activities that keep you healthy. In short, self-care is care provided for you, by you. But when you live with depression, self-care can sometimes feel unattainable. You're tired, listless, with feelings of despair and corrosive thoughts that push and shove in an endless tug-of-war within you. Often, depression leaves you feeling like your physical and emotional reactivity has been siphoned off, draining you of the ability to look after yourself. Research says there's a neurobiological reason for this—and it has to do with the brain structure known as the … [Read more...] about Why Self-Care is Hard for Depressed Individuals