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    Tips for Managing New Mom Stress from a Military Spouse

    From the moment you hear a heartbeat, the enormity of what lies ahead hits you full on and mom stress becomes a real thing. Whether it’s your first or fifth time becoming a new mom it is always a challenge. A new family member changes everything and brings with it a new normal that over time will unfold naturally. But what do you do when you are sleep deprived and unsure whether it’s day or night? How do you balance life as a military spouse and the demands of being a new mom? With the help of our friends at 1 Natural Way, I’m sharing some simple strategies for managing stress along…

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    Guest Post: Tips for Healing Anxiety from Toxic Relationships

    Today’s post is from guest Sylvia Smith who shares how to heal from a toxic relationship. While she approaches it from the relationship perspective, her tips can apply to toxic friendships as well! Toxic relationships are unfortunately widespread and can be damaging to your health both physically and mentally. These abusive relationships are usually rife with emotional abuse resulting in low self-esteem, constantly feeling bad about yourself and constantly anxious, angry, or fearful when you are around your significant other. These traumatic relationships can also lead to heart problems and other physical afflictions. So the question is, how can you heal from the anxiety arising from toxic relationships? We’re looking at the…

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    The Future of Mental Health Care: Digital Health

    “Everyone deserves to realize their fullest potential toward health and well-being, and good mental health care is essential to this”. Dr. Arpan Waghray of Providence St. Joseph Health is also spot on in this video discussing the importance of integrated care toward long-term overall health. The future of healthcare must challenge the way we look at patients and begin integrating mental/behavioral health into general care. More and more we are understanding that mental health effects every aspect of our lives and to exclude it from general healthcare can be detrimental. I know that was the case with my son back in 2012 when we almost lost him to suicide. As…

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    Don’t Have Your Life Figured Out? So What!

    As I browse my social media feeds I notice so many people are fed up and unsure of the direction of their lives. It reminded me of a post I wrote a couple of years ago when my son was stressed about what he would do with his life. Fast forward nothing he even considered was to be his path; life took him in a totally different direction. And it’s more than ok not only for him, but for any of us questioning where we are and what direction we are headed. I share the original post (with some minor tweeks) here: The age old question we ask our kids…

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    Sometimes You Just Need a Time Out from Military Life

    You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately.  Between the passing of my mother-in-law, supporting my husband, handling military life and dealing with all the feelings of my own, I haven’t had the focus to do much else than the bare necessities. And I have been feeling guilty for taking a much-needed time out from anything that drains me physically or emotionally and just staying in my corner to “reset” myself. The past 2 months took a toll on me in so many ways, but it also taught me so much about myself, my life and the things I’ve done wrong. I guess “wrong” isn’t the best word, but the reality is that since helping take…

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    Lessons and the Unspoken Toll of Military Life

    Sometimes as we traverse military life it can feel as though we live separately from the outside world. We have our own lingo, we take pride in things others take for granted and our day to day challenges are very different from our civilian counterparts. Because of this we need to build stronger coping skills and hone our self care strategies so that we are prepared – especially for the stuff we never see coming. I didn’t realize how much I’d been slacking on both my self-care and coping strategies until recently when we were blindsided by a family crisis that none of us saw coming. 5 weeks ago I went to Florida to…