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The 10 best parenting tips for people afraid to raise kids with mental illness

What’s the best parenting advice you ever heard?

Was it an inspirational quote from a book? Or an old wives’ tale that actually worked?

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is the constant influx of information. From the second you announce your pregnancy, you are bombarded by advice from people who have been there, done that. It can be very overwhelming!

It’s especially overwhelming for parents that live with depression and anxiety. Even if their child was very much wanted, it’s hard to hear parenting spoken about like it’s so simple.

Why mental health in men is such an issue + 5 action steps you can take today

Why don’t we talk about mental health in men more? I’ve noticed a fairly sizable cultural shift in my circle of female friends and relatives lately. When I make a post on social media about anxiety or depression, the support I get from females going through the same thing is ever increasing. “YES!” “Same here.” …

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extreme fatigue

5 ways to fight extreme fatigue + take your life back

Are you wondering how to get more energy? The past several months have taken it out of people. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, grief, or an empathic response to the world around you, you are just plain worn out. You want to just lie in bed all day and binge watch “your murders,” as my husband would disdainfully call them. (He doesn’t need to know who killed JonBenét, and that’s so weird to me!) In case you didn’t know, feeling extreme fatigue all the time doesn’t just mean you didn’t get enough sleep. It can mean that, but for millions of people there are far more insidious causes like I mentioned above.

positive affirmations

21 amazing positive affirmations that will totally change your mindset

Do you use positive affirmations on a daily basis? I refused to try them until I was in my 30s. Well, I had a brief tryst with them in middle school when I was dealing with a lot of school-related anxiety. My mom would sit by my bed and sing the “It’s Gonna Be a Great Day” song. (An original creation) As I grew up, I started to see a lot of personal development stuff as woo, and it took until I was 30 or so until I really started to see the benefits. What happened? I hit rock bottom.

7 helpful questions you need to ask to improve your positive thinking

I’m going to go out on a limb and say you could use some help with positive thinking.

There is nothing to be ashamed of if your positive thinking is a little off. I am right there with you. 2020 has been one disaster after another for millions of people around the world.

This has been a really challenging year for me too. I am pregnant after some issues earlier in the year. We are overjoyed, but our struggles are always in the back of our mind. We’re also struggling with disappointment that our oldest is not going to have the normal kindergarten experience she was so excited for. We miss friends we haven’t seen in months.

So, like I said, I totally get it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you aren’t a little worried or stressed right now, you’re probably not paying attention.

negative emotions

9 mind-blowing effects of chronic negative emotions + thoughts- and why happiness is more achievable than you think (Series part 3)

If you’re not feeling a little bit of negative energy right now, I have some bad news. You are a Westworld Host and need an update. But seriously, we are living in a maelstrom of negative emotions. From the health anxiety many people have, to fearing for sick loved ones, to political tension… I keep …

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