6 Way to Take Care of Yourself Right Now

Following the news and social media can be difficult right now if you are an abuse or assault survivor, are recovering, or are an empath. Here are a few self-care tools to practice keeping your feet on the ground, 1 step at a time, and potentially assist in calming your nervous system.

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Starting School

It's the start of the school year! End of summer vacations, unstructured time, sleeping in (if you're lucky enough to be one of the few who has a child that does this)! Many parents breathe a sigh of relief (Hooray: No more trying to create a daily structure!) along with a feeling of dread (Oh Dear! Coordinating and calendaring school schedules for the next nine months!) Here are some thoughts about how to potentially ease the transition…

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A Recovery Story

The story of the velveteen rabbit has lots of eating disorder recovery wisdom. What are the essential parts of yourself? What are the eating disorder parts? What parts of you are shiny and polished, what parts are dismissive, what parts are diseased? What is the part of you that wants to connect and wants to become real? How does one become real (recovered)?

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All Mothers Work, Inside and Outside the Home: What is the Right Answer?

All mothers work, whether it be inside the home, outside the home, or inside and outside the home. What is the right answer? When is the right time to go back to work? Here are some things to consider whether you are going back to work, staying home, or combining the two…

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World Eating Disorders Action Day: Breaking Stigma and Bringing Inclusion for Recovery

Eating Disorders do not just affect straight, white adolescent women…They are not a fad or a diet, they do not occur outside cultural context, and bringing awareness of intersectionality can help with prevention and treatment.

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Awake at 3AM: Yoga For New Moms

I wrote about letting go of the idea that yoga is only for people who are skinny, flexible, or already calm. I wrote about letting go of the idea that yoga means you must have a certain kind of birth, feed your baby only organic food, or avoid any medications you might need in order to do yoga…
I wanted moms to know that yoga doesn't have to be another thing to do fix or improve themselves, but that it can instead be a balm, a source of comfort, or what I call in the book my "well of sanity."

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Orchids, Dandelions, and Recovery

Some recovery counselors recommend getting a pet after going through treatment (for alcoholism, eating disorders, depression)…

Many of my clients are what might be characterized as “orchids.” Orchids are a sensitive lot. They need just the right amount of light and water, or they don’t bloom. They’re often the ones, as children, that stay on the edge of the playground until the conditions are exactly right for them to jump in and play. I often use this analogy with my clients: If you go to a playground and one person runs right to the slide to go down it, and one person pauses before deciding where they would most feel comfortable playing, who is better?

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Get your (skinny clothing) skeletons OUT of the closet

Having a changing, new body shape, size, and image in eating disorder recovery and postpartum can be challenging. But you CAN accept your body. You are not the same person as you were in your eating disorder or before becoming a Mom. Why should your body be the same?

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