Currently I’m working through a hard season. I'm in a disease flare-up (severe exhaustion and pain) and a depressive episode. The two intermingle and make it a very difficult time mentally, emotionally and physically. The gravitational pull is hard to overcome and this is where self-care checklists feel almost impossible to accomplish. You're just in… Continue reading Returning to Work from Maternity Leave and Depression at One Year Post Partum.
On the weekend my husband, kids and I took a family friend out to see Bragg Creek and Elbow Falls. It was a brilliant day out, filled with nature exploring and the joy inherent in watching people experience Kananaskis country for the first time. With tired toddlers and growling stomachs, we decided to make one… Continue reading How to Release the Grip of Grief and Sadness and Elbow Falls After the Flood
I've been giving a lot of thought lately to what the heck happens to us on maternity leave. Why do we become so afraid of things that were simple daily functions before (unfolding the stroller for the first time? Going out in public with a baby for the first time?) Seriously, where does all of this… Continue reading Why Moms Should Practice Getting into Flow State. Tips to Overcome Post Partum Anxiety.
Today I wanted to share one of the models I use on myself (and clients) to get unstuck, and out of funks. It is a beautifully simple yet profound model. The visual image of a spiral is important, because one of the most important parts of climbing out of a funk, is knowing when you… Continue reading How to Get Yourself out of a Funk or Climb out of a Downward Spiral.
So I was browsing the interwebs for information on anti-depressant medications from a student services point of view (I work as an advisor and many of my students take medications in the SSRI and SNRI categories.) I came across a Duke University Psychological Services Page that goes through Anti-Depressant Medication Questions & Answers. I thought it… Continue reading Taking Anti-Depressants on Maternity Leave
Good morning great maternity leavers! So in the spirit of growth, learning and always working at things, I am signed up for a course on happiness! I am taking Happiness Basics, a course designed by the Red Deer Primary Care Network and being piloted on the University of Campus. We had our first 90 minute… Continue reading How to Have a Great Maternity Leave: Sign up for a Course on Happiness!
One of my goals with The Great Maternity Leave, from the get-go, was to step into a place of total openness, transparency, and authenticity. Something I think is so badly needed in our world - and that is happening in leaps and bounds thanks to the internet 🙂 and of course, really brave people. It's f*cking… Continue reading Your Mental Health On Maternity Leave: What is a Real Funk Like?
Why read this article? I talk about being high risk for post-partum depression (PPD), why the symptoms are not easy to pick up on until you have hindsight, the subtle barriers to getting help, what it's like taking SSRIs and a multi-pronged approach that worked for me. I had the most unbelievable, awesome experiences… Continue reading The Great Maternity Leave Essays: Treat Your Mental Health Like a Project!