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It’s World Breatfeeding Week and what better way to celebrate than to talk about the impact breastfeeding has on a baby’s brain.  It’s not a new concept that breastfeeding helps with brain development.  Studies have shown before that cognitive function in adolescents and adults is better if they were breastfed, but now a new study [...]

Placenta Lady falls from sky

December 3rd, 2009

Since I was so thankful for all the blessings in my life, this Thanksgiving I decided to test my luck and jump out of an airplane. I’ve always wanted to go skydiving, and when I was given the opportunity to jump over the beautiful Monterey Bay in California, I could not pass on the chance. [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 8

January 27th, 2009

Supplements
I left supplementation as the last tip in this series. It is an important factor in preventing a mid-winter funk, but you should use them in conjunction with the other tips:
1. Socialize. Get together with your friends as often as possible. It makes winter bearable!
2. Sleep. It is hard to have a positive outlook when you are [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 7

January 26th, 2009

Celebrate Your Talents
What do you truly *love* to do? Sometimes when we become mothers, we put the “frivolous” things that we enjoy on the back burner while we take care of our families. While some of this is necessary, we don’t have to give up what we love doing just because we have kids.
Do [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 6

January 22nd, 2009

Exercise
I can hear the groans already… you knew I was going to get to exercise, right?!
Like anything else, doing the right thing is always more effort than not dealing with it. However, the benefits of this one single tip are huge.
* Your body functions better
* You get natural endorphins (a high)
* You feel good [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 5

January 21st, 2009

You are what you Eat
When I’m in a funk, food is a source of comfort for me and I go for it in a big way. This is so obviously counter-productive. I feel bad, so why not pack on a few pounds so I can be depressed about that too? This starts a whole negative [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 4

January 20th, 2009

The series on Beating the Winter Blahs continues….
Laugh
Laugh? But I’m depressed! Yeah, I know. So force it.
In the depths of a funk, I notice that I rarely smile, letalone laugh. My kids can be bouncing around me, laughing and playing and having a great time. I barely manage a grunt in response to an [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 3

January 15th, 2009

Nature
When I am starting to get into my funk I like to retreat into my cave. I stay in the house, I don’t open the curtains, I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to stay in my sweatpants and t-shirt and vegetate. Very productive, I know.
Getting outside always makes me feel better. Fresh [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 2

January 14th, 2009

Sleep
In one way, this seems counter-intuitive. When I’m depressed, I tend to want to sleep too much. The girls get up before dawn (when does the sun come back, anyway??), and I just want to pull the covers over my head and stay there all day.
However, sleep is important for your brain function, and [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 1

January 13th, 2009

Socialize
I notice that I tend to withdraw when I start to feel down. I don’t want to go out, I decline social invitations from friends, and dread turning on the computer to a flood of emails.
This year, I will not let this start to happen. Luckily I have some great friends who understand my [...]

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