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🎗 Awareness 🏡 Home 🗂 Productivity 🥗 Wellness 🧗 Growth 👨👩👧👧 Family
🎗 “There’s a reason they call it a happy medium.” “Suddenly, today, I panicked about life inching back toward ‘normal,’” Ramshaw writes. “I don’t want to travel endlessly for work. I don’t want my weekends to be over-committed with activities. I don’t want to miss bedtime with my kid. I don’t want to wear blazers — or, hell, even shoes.” Read Mom’s tweet perfectly captures the dread of returning to ‘normal’ after the pandemic
🧗🏽♀️ You’re not alone. “And for many stressed-out moms, one of the first things to fall by the wayside over the past year has been their friendships — at a time when women are in desperate need of that emotional lifeline.” Read Moms Have Held Everything Together This Past Year, Except Their Friendships
🏡 Well, this hits home! A hotline for moms to vent? Yes, please! Warning: this unique mixed-media article contains audio with adult language. Read/listen to The Primal Scream: America’s Mothers are in Crisis
👨👩👧👦 “How to practice kindness, compassion and patience as we return to ‘normal’.” “Parents have been doing a nearly impossible thing — parenting young children is challenging under the best of circumstances, and the past year has been really, really hard. Here are some thoughts on recovery and reentry.” Read 8 Tips for Post-Pandemic Parenting
🥗 Anxiety is real! There’s no shame in getting help. “If you have had to go on anxiety medication during the pandemic, I want you to know you’re not alone. Unfortunately, when it comes to mental health medication, there’s still a lot of stigma. Despite what others might say, there is no shame in taking anxiety medication.” Read Please Don’t Let Anyone ‘Pill Shame’ You If You Need Anxiety Meds During COVID-19
🗂 Learn to say NO. Stop managing your time and start managing your energy. “Saying yes to someone because you don’t want to disappoint them is the surest way to disappoint yourself.” Read How to Say No When You’re Used to People-Pleasing