As we roll into the 1-year anniversary of the lockdown in the United States that changed every facet of our society, we are exhausted from hearing about COVID. We are exhausted from the masks, the computer screen in between us and our loved ones, the lack of hugs, and the hesitation towards planning anything in 2021. We have wept, and we have grown from this.
Guest Post: Dr. Dana Wang For first time moms, the transition to motherhood brings not only a new baby, but big life changes and big expectations. We might find our new experiences bring a strong emotional and physical response. We may feel happiness, excitement, love, bonding, but also guilt and fear, that can hold us captive. Why are we feeling this way and where did these emotions come from?
I meet a lot of dads or soon to be dads who are very worried they don’t have what it takes to be a “good father” because their dad wasn’t one. They’re not sure how to start parenting differently from how they were parented. It’s not uncommon to feel stuck in a way of doing something because it’s the only way you’ve known, but wanting to make a change and being aware of an unwanted model is the first step.
Guest Post: Paige Bellenbaum In the middle of the night on June 16th, 2006, when contractions were 3 minutes apart, my husband and I rushed to the hospital to finally meet our son Max. After 18 hours of a physically and emotionally traumatic delivery, I was so exhausted when they put Max on my chest for the very first time, that all I could think about was eating a hamburger and sleeping. I didn’t feel that immediate unconditional love that you’re “supposed” to feel when you meet your baby for the first time. I wanted him off me and I just wanted to be alone. The next morning, at 8 AM, after receiving neither a hamburger or sleep, we were discharged from the hospital – out the door with a pat on the back from our doctor and a newborn, who was now our permanent responsibility.
Your worry and fatigue get the best of you just about every day. The stress and anxiety is through the roof and your sleep is suffering. You’ve possibly been prescribed a number of different antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications and nothing changes. Or medication makes you feel worse and you struggle with side effects or are in a constant state of guessing what medication and dose to use. Most people don't even realize that there are natural healthy ways to improve the health of your brain which ultimately improves your mental health. In my opinion, it all starts with the brain and neurochemistry. Basically without our brain we wouldn't even exist!
Guest Post: By Christiane Siebert, DACM, LAc Why do some people get sick and others don’t? That’s a question we keep asking ourselves, especially during the current coronavirus pandemic. Not everyone coming into contact with this pathogen develops COVID. While a small number of people may become very ill or even die, others develop only mild symptoms or don’t even notice that they were infected. Admittedly, we still have much to learn about this virus and how it interacts with our bodies, but we already know that a healthy immune response gives us a leg up fending off viruses, bacteria and other pathogenic microbes.
First my stomach. Intense tingling, I mean fire burning-type intense, in the left base of my belly. Then my chest went numb. Then my lips were uncontrollably quivering. Can’t stop won’t stop, I thought. (“Is this the whole chakra thing?”) The instructor said to treat it like you were in the middle of getting your teeth pulled out. Don’t stop midway… just keep going. So I kept breathing.