My Self-Care Routine And Rituals

People seem to be getting the message that everyone needs to take care of themselves so that they can better take care of others, but for some it's still a bit tricky to fit everything in, and that usually means self-care gets thrown out the window when life gets busy.It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past and it’s something I’m always working on. However, over the last few months I’ve made some good steps in the right direction so I thought I’d share with you what self-care really looks like in my life currently....more

Becoming a Peaceful Parent

This is my first post on BlogHer. Earlier this year, I launched Your Village, an online parenting resource with on-demand video classes for parents of toddlers through teens. I’m excited to get started blogging on BlogHer as well to share some of the best discussions and topics from my podcast Parenting Beyond Discipline....more

self doubt, the dream killer

While in the middle of this post I said the following to a friend:I have a self doubt blog in the worksIt was hard to write because of….Self doubt, lolOh irony you so funny ...more

Solange's "A Seat at the Table" is Self-care


How to Get Back on Track With Your New Year's Goals

I had a big celebration when I turned 40 last year. The Chief watched the kids while I took off for an extended weekend trip to Montreal with two dear friends. I was forty and it was fabulous fun!There wasn't as much pomp and circumstance for 41, but every year older is a blessing and I enjoyed a lovely celebration with my family on the beach....more

Self-Care Isn't Always Sweet And Cozy

Some nights, taking care of your mental health means vanilla scented candles and a long bath. On other nights, taking care of your mental health means forcing yourself to do your fucking laundry. I’m in the middle of the first depressive episode I’ve had in nearly a month — in a new city I just moved to, far from the people I’ve known my whole life. I try not to work on these pieces while in such a bad mindset because, well, they usually turn out to be bummers. ...more

Self-Care..Say What Now?

Self-care…Say What Now? I have been incredibly bad about putting myself first.  Like INCREDIBLY bad.  I haven't taken a couple of hours to myself in weeks, months maybe.  There are multiple days in a row I don't shower (shhh, don't tell anyone.)  And sometimes I feel like I am literally at the very end of my rope. ...more

What Is Being Busy Costing You?

3 Mental Health Hacks to Get You Through Low Days

I no longer have the "I don't know what to do for self-care" excuse because I have an entire box of things I can utilize at any moment. I think everyone, whether they have a mental illness or not, knows what it's like to be in total despair and have no idea what to do about it. You're curled up in bed, you don't want to move, and you desperately wish you knew how to make things better. While I don't have the cure to depression (damn, I really wish I did), there are a few tricks that have helped me when I reached that now what? moment. ...more
I use a distraction plan or have one written up in case of  a terrible day, great article and ideas!more