Self-Care: Fueling Your Stress or Refreshing Your Soul?
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Self-Care: Fueling Your Stress or Refreshing Your Soul?

I think we can all agree that the phrase “self-care” can elicitmany emotions. For some of us, it brings up positive thoughts of meditating, relaxing, exercising, or doing fun hobbies/activities. For others, particularly those in busy seasons of life, it makes us feel frustrated because taking time for ourselves feels like an unattainable luxury.  I recently heard Jen Fulwiler and Dr. Michael Naughton explain that the activities we choose to do for “self-care” are not as important as how they make us feel. So for example, if taking a mental break to watch TV makes you feel refreshed, then by all means binge away.  But if you finish the show and still feel a sense of overwhelm or dread, then that activity may not be…

How To Survive The Busiest Seasons Of Motherhood With Grace
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How To Survive The Busiest Seasons Of Motherhood With Grace

As I pulled in the driveway after my 40 minute rush-hour commute home from work, I could feel the weight of exhaustion descending upon me like a dense fog. I’d been up since 5am when I nursed my baby, drove my toddler to daycare, and pumped twice before 8am- when my “real job” started.  I saw patients all day in my busy Ear, Nose, and Throat practice and then, once the work day was done, returned home to start the dreaded evening shuffle.  You know the one- when you walk in the door and have exactly one hour to make dinner, convince your toddler to eat said dinner, and complete the nighttime routine down to the rounds of repeat tuck-ins and sips of water. (Insert…