You waited for so long to be a mother, and now your own little bundle of joy has finally arrived! Or perhaps you've had children for some time, and they seem to be out of control all of the time. You knew that it was going to be difficult to be a parent, but nobody mentioned the overwhelming levels of anxiety! You find yourself overwhelmed by thoughts like:
"Everything I do for my child matters—what if I don't do enough?"
"Other moms I see seem to have it so together—what am I doing wrong?"
"What if my baby gets hurt? Maybe I should put some more bumpers on the coffee table ..."
"Why does my child keep getting into trouble at school? What can I do?"
It's normal to want the best for your child, and sometimes it helps to have a therapist to talk with while you navigate the constantly changing world of motherhood. It takes a village to raise a child, and such an important component of that village is support for the mother. In therapy with me, we will talk about your own childhood, concerns that you're having about parenting, and develop a self-care plan.
Sometimes we have to remember to take care of ourselves so we can be fully present for our children. Schedule your first appointment today and learn how I can be an supportive member in your parenting team.
For many of us, there’s nothing magical about the added stress and unmanageable levels of anxiety. From overextending yourself and saying “yes” to every social engagement, to being trapped in a room with your overbearing relatives who want to know when you’re going to finally settle down with someone or start having children, to missing a loved one who you can’t be with, to finding time to shop for gifts, to realizing how much all of those gifts are going to hurt your bank account—it can be overwhelming, to say the least.
Do you remember the days before cell phones? Growing up, my parents had guidelines: when I would go to a friend’s house or stay after school for sports or clubs, I had to check-in at certain times or call if I was changing locations by using a pay phone or landline. Using the internet was completely different too—using the internet tied up the phone line, and only one person could use it at a time.
For a while now, you haven’t felt quite like yourself. You’re eating more than usual, you can’t sleep, and there seems to be a permanent edge to the tone of your voice, even when talking to your loved ones. You’ve searched different ways to reduce stress, but article after article suggest the same things: eating well and exercising. Your schedule is already insane—how the heck are you supposed to fit that in? There simply are not enough hours in the day!
There are countless ways to relieve stress. We’re told again and again to eat well, sleep, exercise, and live a balanced life. While all of those things definitely help, there are lots of other ways to reduce stress. Here are 25 different ones that you can try right now:
You’re laying in bed, eyes wide open staring at the ceiling. You glance at the clock on your nightstand—3:04am. A surge of energy rages through your body as you make a quick calculation—if you fell asleep right now, you could still manage four hours.
We’ve all been there—you made plans with a friend to go to the movies, only to receive another offer last minute from the Tinder guy you really hit it off with last week. He just found a pop-up Speakeasy that’s only open this evening. Of all the nights!
Time and time again, Millennial women are told not only can they “have it all,” but that they should “have it all.” The media paints a picture of what we should look like: perfectly curled hair, a fabulous career, a yoga body, an immaculate house, and time to make a nutritious dinner for the kids and partner every night.
Welcome to the Changing Course Therapy (CCT) blog where we’ll explore various topics that concern Millennial women and their health. To start things off, this week I’m going to share why I decided to dedicate my services specifically to Millennial women.