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Values can help overcome stress and anxiety

Defeat stress by looking at the big picture: Values

When we think of overcoming stress, we typically think of cutting things from our to do list, learning strategies to help us relax, or dealing with the negative thoughts that run through our heads. All of those are useful tools in the fight against feeling overwhelmed, but they’re not the only things. They are missing…

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The Do Nothing Challenge

We constantly feel pressured to add things to our schedule. Society seems to reward being busy and punish anyone who takes time for themselves. No wonder so many people neglect their own self-care when it would lead to negative judgments from others!

You’re encouraged to work too much, schedule your kids in too many activities, and attend too many social events.

Everything FEELS so important.

How will your son ever play varsity baseball if he doesn’t play every season after the age of 5? What will your friends think if you tell them you’re taking some time for yourself?

And when you do have down time, I’m guessing it’s spent keeping up with social media, reading the news, or engaging with your phone in some way. I know this struggle personally!

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Are Kids Like an Ancient Torture Device?

The answer is yes. Or no. Or it depends on the day?

Okay, so this one might get me into big trouble. Let me start out by saying that kids are awesome and I love my two little munchkins more than anything.

Now that that’s out of the way… are kids like Chinese water torture?

If that question horrified you, I apologize. It’s just a comparison that popped into my head one morning as my un-caffeinated brain was trying to keep our girls occupied when they had woken up way before the sun.

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5 Easy Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms

Everybody knows that moms are stressed and busy. Whether it’s staying at home and juggling watching the kids while keeping the house functioning.

Or if it’s trying to spend quality time with the kids while also maintaining a job. There’s nothing easy about parenting, and we all end up carrying way more stress than we’d like.

When silly psychologists like me suggest adding in self-care, it’s easy to laugh us in the face because “ain’t nobody got time for that”.

That’s why I decided to put together 5 easy self-care activities a busy mom can fit into her schedule.

  1. Visit the beach

  2. Visualization

  3. Use a gratitude journal

  4. Exercise

  5. Mindful drive

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Why I Help Moms

When I tell people that I specialize in helping moms, I’ve occasionally been asked why. I think the fact that I’m a guy makes it seem a little strange.

It’s true. I can’t hide the fact that I’m a dude. A father. Distinctly NOT a mother.

I mean, I have a mother, and my wife is a mother. But that’s not really the reason why I focus on helping overwhelmed moms overcome stress, anxiety, or depression.

Of course I’ve always had tremendous respect for mothers.

You are expected to do the job of 7 people while keeping a smile on your face and looking pretty to boot.

It’s impossible.

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Stress: How Smart Phones Are Ruining Your Life

It’s 3am. You’ve been lying in bed for 15 minutes after your overnight trip to the bathroom. It hits you. The urge to see what’s been posted to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever social media platform you belong to.

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