While raising kids can be rewarding and wonderful, it can also start to consume your life - try self-care, it can make you a better parent!

PSA: Self-Care Makes You a Better Parent (Seriously!)

Summer is the time of year many of us look forward to. From summer camps and sports tournaments to long bike rides and playdates, kids seem to be busier than ever. But what about you? What are YOU doing this summer (and coordinating calendars doesn’t count!!)? While raising kids can be rewarding and wonderful, it can also start to consume your life. Consider this blog your parental PSA on self-care and how it can make you a better parent.

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From heat stroke, bee and wasp stings, and other health woes that occur during summer, we put together a guide on summer safety tips.

Summer Safety Tips: Part One

Summer safety is important whether your kids are home for summer, on the road with you or away at camp. If you want to make sure your summer days aren’t filled with trips to the emergency room, you’ll want to keep an eye out for warning signs of common summer bummers. From heatstroke, bee and wasp stings, and other health woes that occur during summer, we put together a guide on summer safety tips.

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Summer stress is enough to make any parent feel anxious and overwhelmed. Here are some mindfulness techniques for the next time you feel overwhelmed!

Dealing with “Summer Stress”

This week marks the first week of July, meaning that school has been out and summer is in serious session. As the school year ended, you may have been filled with excitement. Perhaps you’ve planned an incredible vacation or have a summer bucket list just itching to be checked off. Maybe you idealized bright sunny days in the back yard, at the pool, or the park. But like clockwork, the magic of summer evaporates as you find yourself rushing around, making sure everyone and everything is taken care of. Summer stress is enough to make any parent feel anxious and overwhelmed. Here are some mindfulness techniques to help the next time you feel you’re going to snap this summer.

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If you’re like the rest of us, summertime is the worst time to be on social media. Is it time for you to take a vacation from social media?

Summer Vacation from Social Media

It’s only the beginning of summer, but it seems like some people have already been enjoying the heck out of this onset of nice weather. If you’re like the rest of us, summertime is the worst time to be on social media. The pool parties and vacations. The incredible food and cute summer fashion. Not to mention it seems like everyone you know is either getting engaged, married, having a kid or “changing their lifestyle.” Instagram is now the second most popular social media platform. But it was ranked worst in the mental health category.

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Holding onto that resentment over a long period of time can be toxic and destructive in not just our mental, but physical and spiritual health too.

Resentment and Mental Health

Resentment is often described as anger stemming from something “unfair”. With resentment often come other emotions such as annoyance or shame. Holding onto that resentment and pushing it down over a long period of time is what some mental health professionals refer to as bitterness. And they believe it to be one of the most toxic and destructive of human emotions. Holding onto feelings of prolonged hostility is bad for not just our mental but also physical and spiritual health. Friedrich Nietzsche once noted, “nothing consumes a man more quickly than the emotion of resentment.” So, it should be no surprise that a number of mental disorders stem from these emotions of anger, resentment, hostility, and bitterness.

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EFT tapping is free, easy to learn, and puts your physical and emotional well-being back into your own hands! Get back to living a better life!

Treatment 101: EFT

It’s hard not to compare your life to others. And it’s hard not to imagine the different paths and futures your life could have taken. This is especially true if you feel as if you may be settling in certain aspects of your life. Perhaps you suffer from emotional trauma, physical pain, addictions, or feelings of numbness. Maybe your physical health isn’t as sharp as it could be. Maybe you’re holding onto feelings of sadness, anxiety, and discontent. But through EFT or emotional freedom technique tapping, you may be able to live a better life. EFT tapping is rather simple and puts your physical and emotional well-being back into your own hands! Read more

Research shows parents can feel pride in their children’s achievements, but living vicariously through a child can damage both child and parent.

Your Dreams on Hold: Are You Living Vicariously Through Your Child?

Let’s be honest. Life can be disappointing. And for some people, that disappointment or frustration can push a person to try harder to achieve their dreams. But for some parents, they deal with those life disappointments by living vicariously through their children. We’re sure you’ve seen it; overbearing “wanna-be coach” dads and overdramatic stage moms. In 2013, a study was done to provide evidence that vicarious living both exists and has effects. Researchers found that parents can feel pride in their children’s achievements and even heal old wounds. When taken to extremes, however, living vicariously through a child can damage both the child and the parent.

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When a person lives in constant fear it can lead to a number of issues. But how else does fear affect our physical, emotional, and mental health?

Chronic Fear and Mental Health

Fear is described as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. It is also the act of being afraid of someone or something as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. Fear is a basic survival mechanism that signals the body to respond with a “fight or flight” response. It is a crucial element of our overall safety. But when a person lives in constant, chronic fear, continually in the fight or flight response, it can lead to a number of issues including fear and anxiety disorders. But how else does fear affect both our physical and mental health?

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Dialectical behavior therapy is a kind of therapy that focuses on minfulness and healthy coping to help improve stress and emotion regulation.

Treatment 101: DBT

Dialectical behavior therapy or DBT is a kind of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It focuses mainly on living in the moment, coping healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. Originally intended for those with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it has now been adapted for other mental health conditions.

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If you're a new mom, how can you take care of both yourself and your child, while tackling all the other responsibilities of your life?

Self-Care Checklist for New Moms

There are a lot of nerves that can build when you are about to or have recently become a new mother. The postpartum phase is not the same for all moms. But most of the time, intense feelings of love can drive a new mom into her new role without much thought or effort. That is, until the exhaustion hits. Between lack of sleep and residual pain to new responsibilities and feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to find time for yourself once baby arrives. How can you take care of both yourself and your child, while tackling all the other responsibilities of your life?

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