For years, as a journalist covering this topic, and as a mom who cares about the health my own and all children, I’ve been hoping that a campaign like the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming’s Moms for Antibiotic Awareness, a group of mothers advocating for the reduction of antibiotic-resistant bacteria through phasing out the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food-animal production.
Professional counselor, Caitlin FloodMoore, shares insights and strategies for balancing the demands of parenting with the need to get away … if even for a few minutes. It is important to find your balance. At times, motherhood feels unmanageable, incredibly busy, deeply challenging. But it also has the potential to ignite deeper capacities a woman didn’t even know she had.
By January 1 are you anxiety ridden? Are you full of regret from eating too much? Are you tired but staying energized with coffee or energy shots? You are not alone. November and December are ridden with guilt, over indulgence and good intentions, especially for women who take on a bulk of the responsibility for holiday happiness. This holiday, why not give yourself the guilt-free gift of health?
Research points to a direct correlation between exercise, increased brain functioning and stress reduction. If you’ve stopped taking care of your body’s needs because you’re taking care of baby’s needs, you need to rethink your strategy. Exercise increases creativity and thoughtfulness and can reduce agitation. Even a 25-minute walk or run can change your entire outlook on the day.
Laughter can be an important thing for reducing stress and increasing intimacy. Laughing relaxes us and binds families together, creating a safe family structure for discussing the depth and breadth of our emotions. Professional Counselor Caitlin FloodMoore discusses how to find the humor in our busy lives as moms.