Mental Health During the Holidays
Pregnancy and Postpartum
This article discusses postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms that continue after the child’s first birthday. People often do not expect to have PPD symptoms at this point and as a result, feel even more isolated and alone. This article highlights that reality and various ways to get relief:
This article discusses the importance of advocating for yourself at medical appointments along with helpful tips to prepare yourself in advance:
This piece includes lists of things you will and will not miss during pregnancy. Women sometimes do not feel comfortable talking about things they miss or won’t miss about pregnancy. Pregnancy and postpartum are similar to grief in that there are so many losses that need to be properly grieved, but many people hesitate to speak openly about them out of fear of being judged. I appreciate how this article normalizes those feelings:
Grief and Loss
When we know someone is grieving, it can be really hard to know what to say to them. Often times, we are so scared to say the wrong thing that we don’t say anything at all and instead, avoid the person who is grieving. This is very common and one of the reasons grief can become isolating. Here are some resources that can make conversations about grief and loss a little bit less intimidating:
Positive Communication Tips
I was a guest contributor to this article that provides tips for nannies on communicating with their employers. The nanny/employer relationship is so critical to smooth family functioning and I encourage my clients to engage in open, honest communication on both sides to reduce stress. This article specifically discusses how nannies can handle communication when they work for families with different beliefs and traditions than their own:
This is a straight-forward list of communication tips for parents. I especially appreciate tip #9 that encourages parents to “fill their own tanks” in order to be present for their children:
This is a helpful article on effective ways to reach out to friends and loved ones when they appear to be having a bad day. There’s no “right” way to reach out to someone, but this article provides tips on ways to help the people in your life feel more supported:
What To Say When Someone Is Having a Bad Day
This article highlights some differences between stress and anxiety disorders. It is important to distinguish between the two since we will always have stress in our lives, but we don’t have to allow stress to turn into chronic anxiety. We don’t need to go through it alone!
8 Signs Your Stress Is Actually Leading To An Anxiety Disorder, According To Experts
Empowering Young Adults
One of my specialities is working with “twenty somethings”. I love this area because it is a time of tremendous reflection and growth. Below are some articles that relate to empowering young people and preparing parents to help their young adults launch:
Tips for parents of teens that are preparing to leave the nest:
With the rising popularity of dating apps, many young adults struggle with the impact on their self-esteem. This article lists some helpful coping strategies:
I love that Bustle has devoted a monthly issue to “rule breaking” women. There’s a lot to be said for breaking the rules in a positive way!
Important article that includes a girls’ “Bill of Rights” that I think is wonderful!
Technology and Kids/Families
This is an area that I am always interested in due to the enormous growth and addictive nature of smart phones, social media and dating apps. Let’s face it – these things are not going away. If anything, their popularity will only rise. I enjoy working with clients on how to maintain boundaries with technology so that it does not negatively interfere with relationships. It is a tough balancing act, yet vitally important to our mental health. Here are some useful articles on this topic:
I contributed to this article on strategies for being more present with your family:
This article discusses pros and cons of kids having cell phones at school:
Tips for how to manage technology in your home. I like the idea of creating a “Tech Free Zone”!