Motivational Monday: Your Well Being Is Priority.

Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you! I had the privilege of attending a training today that addressed pregnant and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. It was a real look on the signs and descriptions of what women go through during and after pregnancy, and how these disorders affect the whole family. Although I have attended trainings touching on this subject, this training stuck with me because the topics discussed were on a more detailed level. We were equipped with the knowledge of what to do if one of our clients, family members, friends, and even ourselves ever encountered any of these feelings.

Mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy is a very sensitive subject around the world, and sadly most women don’t speak up. Too often pregnancy is always said to be a joyous experience in women’s life, and though I believe all children are a blessing, that is not the case for a lot of women. They deal with depression, anxiety, OCD, postpartum stress disorder, and in the worst case scenario some women experience psychosis, where they have harmed themselves or their babies.

Mental health goes unaddressed in many communities, and far too often getting the appropriate help comes off as a sign of weakness. In some cultures they are quick to label you “crazy”, but I am here to say it is ok. It is normal for a woman to feel the “baby blues” up to 2 weeks after pregnancy. The problem occurs when it last longer than that. Postpartum depression may range from birth all the way until babies reach 12 months of age.  I even argue that it can last longer.

The important thing for women to realize is that your well being is your priority. You are not crazy. You are not a bad mom. You are ok. The key to getting the help you need is speaking up. Don’t sit alone with these feelings. Express yourself to your spouse, family member, friend, doctor, or someone you can trust. This issue has gone on long enough without real recognition. Let’s get behind our mother’s and support them in anyway we can. A healthy mom means a healthy baby. They deserve the best chance to thrive.

I hope this helps someone. For more information you can log onto http://www.postpartum.net. If you are pregnant or just had your baby and are feeling any emotions that you are unsure about contact the Postpartum Support International Helpline: 1-800-944-4773.

Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

 

 

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Motivational Monday: Celebrate Your Health

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! Today has been very productive. More than ever I am more in tune with my goals, and everyday I am stepping into it.

My encouragement for today is very simple. I want you to celebrate you health.  Even if you are sick. Every day you get up is a blessing, and even if you aren’t feeling well, every breath is a opportunity to celebrate you health.

Our health is so very important. Yes we strive for goals and look forward to the future, but what does it matter if we don’t have our health. There is a Nigerian proverb that states, “Before you heal others, heal thyself.” Your greatest treasure is you. Keep yourself in balance, and it will be easier to handle everything else in your life. It took me a while to learn this, and now I use it as a sense of empowerment. It allows me to be a better wife, mother, sister, friend, and daughter.

I challenge you to take time out today to write down five things you are grateful for in regards to your health. It could be anything. Be thankful for your heart beating, for your breath, for your nails, for you mental health. Expressing gratitude is a form of positive psychology. A more positive life equals a healthier life.

LET’S CELEBRATE YOUR HEALTH TODAY!!! Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit..

-Dominique

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Motivational Monday: What Are You Passionate About?

Hi Everyone! Happy Monday to you. As promised I am posting my task for you to complete this week. It is intended to help you find what you are passionate about.

Grab a piece of paper, and in the center of the paper draw a large circle. At the top of the paper label it, “What am I passionate about?” When you are ready I want you to time yourself for about 2-3 minutes on what you are passionate about? This is a brainstorm. Write words that tell what you are passionate about. It could be anything from food to movies to God to shoes. Anything goes. After the 2-3 minutes are up, then I want you to narrow down your responses to a top 5 list. These are the top 5 things that you are most passionate about. The things that make you come alive. Narrowing then down helps to better define your purpose.

I love this exercise because these are not things that we think about on a daily basis. We can live day in and day out without truly knowing our passions or living in our purpose. I hope you take out some time this week and try this exercise. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique