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I Wanted To Avoid a C-Section At All Costs

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on I Wanted To Avoid a C-Section At All Costs

Before I became pregnant, I thought Cesarean sections were performed only in the event of a true emergency. But when I began researching labor and birth, I found out that the rate of C-sections in the U.S. is more than double the World Health Organization’srecommendation. As I began to learn more, I heard horror stories from women who were pressured to have C-sections to stay on the hospital’s schedule. I also read about all the potential complications from the surgery and even came across information stating that a C-section could harm the chances of bonding with my baby. I was terrified. round this time, I was also taking note of research that backed up the...

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Thinking About Taking Antidepressants?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on Thinking About Taking Antidepressants?

If I had a nickel for every time someone struggling with depression told me they don’t “believe” in antidepressants… Even with all of the information proving depression is an illness, not a weakness, the disorder still has a powerful stigma attached to it. Even though we know how swiftly and profoundly depression can strike us or those we love, some of us are still wary of using medication as a means to treat it. Deciding on a course of treatment for depression is nothing to take lightly. I get it. I’m a psychotherapist, and I’m also a yoga instructor. I eat organic and local food as much as possible. I love to research, try out, and...

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I Wanted To Avoid a C-Section At All Costs. Then I Went Into Labor

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on I Wanted To Avoid a C-Section At All Costs. Then I Went Into Labor

Before I became pregnant, I thought Cesarean sections were performed only in the event of a true emergency. But when I began researching labor and birth, I found out that the rate of C-sections in the U.S. is more than double the World Health Organization’srecommendation. As I began to learn more, I heard horror stories from women who were pressured to have C-sections to stay on the hospital’s schedule. I also read about all the potential complications from the surgery and even came across information stating that a C-section could harm the chances of bonding with my baby. I was terrified. I went into the hospital prepared to resist a C-section at every turn. Now...

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What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

We all have a victim story. Blame can be laid upon not only strangers, but frequently upon parents, partners, friends, teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and even the government for whatever situation brings discomfort. As a therapist, many of the people I sit with have a story to tell. Often that story boils down to being victimized in some way. This is not to minimize victimhood, but to (first) acknowledge the story behind it, and (second) to find a way to overcome it. Recently I took a class with Iyengar yoga teacher Tzahi Moskovitz, and he asked the students to notice the difference between position and action. In yoga, all too often we get caught up in whether or not...

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5 Ways To Deal With Unexpected Change

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on 5 Ways To Deal With Unexpected Change

What is changing in your life right now? Is it a sudden change having to do with a happy milestone? Or was there a call in the middle of the night, an unexpected email, or a closed-door meeting at work? It’s always important to be mindful of your physical and emotional needs. But times of transition and change (even positive change!) can be overwhelming. Sometimes we’re left not knowing which steps to take next. Below are five tricks you can use to center yourself during those times when the world around you seems to be whizzing by at lightening speed. 1. Take some time to check in with how you’re feeling, both physically and emotionally. Often when...

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Why Being Kind To Yourself After Failure Is So Important

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on Why Being Kind To Yourself After Failure Is So Important

As a therapist, I sit with many people who have adopted the belief system that they must be harder on themselves than necessary, and then wonder why they feel so miserable. As young children, we innately think we’re the best, most deserving, wildly captivating humans on the planet! When do we stop becoming our own biggest fans? And how do we alter the course of this destructive way of thinking? The answer is actually very simple, and the best way to start is the moment you fail. Somewhere along the way, we learn that to overcome obstacles or create something that we are proud of, we must challenge ourselves. That is a good thing. But often our thought habits can...

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