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  1. Green Goods
    Living in the age of social media, we are often inundated with fitness inspiration, or 'fitspo,' from fitness influencers. They tell us what we should eat, what supplements we have to have, and how we should work out. But what happens when that all gets to be too much? It seems as though every...
  2. Baby
    We were rushing out the door, scrambling to get big kids to the babysitter so that I could attend my six-week postpartum checkup. No one was listening. I had asked them repeatedly to follow instructions, but it hadn't seemed to register. I resorted to bellowing, adopting the distinct inflection...
  3. Family Life
    Living with anxiety, and living with someone who has anxiety, isn't easy. In fact, it almost ruined my marriage. When my husband and I first met, we were powerfully drawn to one another. Our mental and physical attraction created an instant connection, and we were both certain we'd found The...
  4. Baby
      Bereaved parents often hear the phrase "new normal" about their lives after a child dies. From an early miscarriage to the death of an adult child, the way we start to find that dreaded normalcy without them happens in different ways; therapy, the gym, a new job, moving, a divorce - or a...
  5. Family Life
    Often when our children are younger, pools of mom friend potentials exist, and it's a bit more authentic to form those relationships. But what about when you're children aren't little anymore? How do you make friends when your children are older? Making friends with other moms is no easy feat...
  6. Green Goods
    In a world full of podcasts, iPads, and advertisements, silence can be elusive. In a world more connected than ever, here's why you need to disconnect. Humans have always recognized the importance of silence; back in the mid-1800s, Florence Nightingale wrote that "Unnecessary noise is the...
  7. Green Goods
    What can you do when a close friend or family member is suffering from depression? Recently, the media has been plagued by the shocking suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Their suicides left the world at a loss, wondering how people who had seemed to 'have it all' been so...
  8. Toddler & Child
    The World Health Organization (WHO) just announced that a gaming addiction, or 'gaming disorder' is a diagnosable mental health condition for which mental health professionals can set up treatment programs and take preventative measures, but not without some pushback from mental health...
  9. Green Goods
    Emotional pain is like all other pain - we try to avoid it. Here are some ways to feel your feelings instead of letting them get stuck inside. Often when we experience difficulties, we shove the feelings associated with them deeper inside. This prevents us from having to feel the intensity. The...
  10. Family Life
    Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that affects nearly three percent of the adult U.S. population. For mothers who suffer from bipolar disorder, family dynamics are impacted, particularly the relationships between mothers and their children. Sometimes loving my mother was hard. I...
  11. Toddler & Child
    When we talk about bullying, it automatically brings to mind harassment and aggression at school. New research shows that sibling bullying is just as harmful. No siblings get along one hundred percent of the time, and most sibling spats are just that: dust ups that pass quickly, don't cause any...
  12. Family Life
    The tone in which you start your mornings can dictate your entire day. If you start off your mornings right every time, your days will follow! My alarm goes off, which is typically my toddler, and I pretend the day isn't really starting. After asking me several times to watch Trolls, I drag...
  13. Green Goods
    In a time when I have the most excuses to have a negative body image, I've found a secret weapon to keep the self-deprecating thoughts at bay: gratitude. For most of my life, I took my good health for granted. I did not take care of my body for most of my young adult life. I ate junk and got...
  14. Green Goods
    What you fear tends to find you: here's how to cope with your greatest fears and the anxieties that accompany them. What are your worst fears? This is not the list you come up with when someone says, "What's the worst thing that could happen?" It's not gruesome death, apocalypse and creepy...
  15. Green Goods
    The cold, dark days of winter make many people feel moody, sad, angry or depressed. If you feel similar, you may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I learned about seasonal affective disorder a few years ago. My husband, each winter, experienced more obvious mood swings. He seemed unhappy...
  16. Family Life
    Postpartum depression can be debilitating for many women. New research sheds light on the possible biological cause of this devastating illness. Odds are if you have not suffered from postpartum depression personally, you know someone who has. After all, nearly one in five women are impacted by...
  17. Family Life
    What are your core values in life? It's not an easy question to answer, but once you have identified and made a commitment to your core values, making life decisions becomes easier. Identifying and committing to your core values can be a difficult, messy process. At least it has been for me. I...
  18. Green Goods
    You've probably heard that suicide rates jump over the holiday season. While researching this article, I was surprised to find that this is completely untrue. In fact, across North America, suicide rates go down during the 'most wonderful time of the year.' But the holiday blues are real...
  19. Family Life
    Seems like a new school year brings out the inner craving to start new routines and fall into familiar day-to-day life, after the hustle and bustle of soaking up summer. That always leads us to think about how we can make changes in our lives. Here are five easy things you can do to make your...
  20. Green Goods
    We're getting better at understanding mental illness and health, but there's still so much stigma. Why the hell is that? Let me break it down for you. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about my depression. Much of it was written while I was mired in the thick bog of it. Often, my words...
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