self care

When You’re Feeling the Damage of Burnout

Until recently, I thought burnout was a normal part of life. I had never even thought there could be a life without burnout. I would stoically push through stress and challenges until I crashed. Then I’d rest and recover only to do it all again. I’ve been learning a different kind of living in the…

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What You Need to Know About Burnout From a Single Parent

When I was in graduate school, I remember constantly hearing the burnout statistics for teachers. I don’t remember what they were then, but they weren’t good. Most people entering the profession weren’t staying longer than three years. I was determined to do better. And then I found myself resigning after two years; teaching for a…

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Do You Have Time To Make Your Dreams Reality?

#MyBrave2017 is a series of guest posts from women who are determined to live bravely in the little things and the big things. Join my email list so you can read them all. I’m a helper, a doer, an organizer. I have a really hard time saying “no” when someone or an organization needs help. The…

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When You Crave an Adventure and Discover Healing and Rest

When Keith and I lived in Las Vegas, he was in a Family Medicine residency program and I was teaching. Our stress levels were unreal (if you’ve listened to the podcast, you know this is when my anxiety disorder was diagnosed. LISTEN HERE). A mentor of Keith’s advised us to take regular weekend trips away;…

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Slowing Down

It has been an incredible summer. We’ve traveled and had all the kinds of wonderful adventures. We had donuts for breakfast and ice cream for dinner. Fall is just around the corner and I’m already feeling overwhelmed. I want to be available to Caleb as he starts school again and take advantage of the time alone…

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Practical Tips for Living With Anxiety: Counseling

It’s been awhile since I shared a practical tip for living with anxiety. While this post falls under the umbrella of anxiety posts, I strongly recommend anyone who has ever survived adolescence spend some time with a counselor (aka all of us). Here are some reasons why counseling is so important and how to find…

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Simple Tips for Self Care: Ask For Help

I’ve always had a rather high tolerance for stress. People often use the term ‘high achieving’ for those of us who can somehow juggle a lot of life at once. I often get comments from people who admire my ‘strength’ or ability to ‘do it all’. Well, sorry to disappoint, but I am not super…

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Simple Tips for Self Care: Travel

Photo via Visualhunt This simple tip for self care is one I take very seriously: travel. When Keith was in medical school, a mentor of his advised us to take frequent weekend trips out of the area. “Staycations” don’t work for doctors who may bump into patients at the grocery store. The only way to…

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Simple Tips for Self Care: Get To Know Yourself

I am a total personality profile nerd! I am so excited about Anne Bogel’s book Reading People and feel slightly shameful that I haven’t put it at the top of my to read list! I love exploring personalities for so many reasons. First, it’s just fun to figure out all the things that make each…

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Simple Tips for Self Care: Laundry

Photo via VisualHunt.com Here’s another simple tip for self care: change up your laundry habits. I don’t mind doing laundry, but I hate folding it and putting it away. I finally seem to be finding a bit of a groove and it’s made a huge difference in my stress level over laundry. 1. One laundry…

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