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6 Reasons Everyone Should Try A Day At A Naked Spa

Rachel Brehm | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

I'd like to say that my experience at the naked Korean spa was relaxing, but I think that a more accurate description would be that it was interesting. Interesting to see so many women comfortable in their own skin.

Forget Pedicures: How I Learned to Really Take Care of Myself

Seleni Institute | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Before I had kids, I just didn't think about self-care very often. I didn't have to: When I wasn't at work, my time was my own. If I needed to sleep, exercise, or hang out with my friends or husband, I just did it. That all changed after I became a mother almost seven years ago.

Why You Should Hang Out With Yourself Tonight

Happify | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world." Th...

The Ever-Evolving Mom

Julie Dermer | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Julie Dermer

I've dabbled into the "selfless mom" mentality over the years and it never felt good. In fact, the more I obsessed about my mommy role, the more batty I started to feel.

5 Reasons 'Me Time' Is Necessary, Not Narcissistic

Sarah Bunton | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Sarah Bunton

I'm not suggesting you put in earplugs and take a bubble bath while your baby cries in the other room. Instead, I say we stop pretending to be robots who don't require sleep, breaks or help.

How to Really Support Mom on Mother's Day (Hint: Ditch the Flowers)

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

Poll any of the moms in the room with you or on your social media what they would like to get for Mother's Day and you will start to see overwhelmingly similar answers that will boil down to some form of "time alone" or "me time."

Mama Is Gonna Fly The Coop!

Megan Morton | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Megan Morton

So, instead of putting a Band-aid on, I am pulling one off. I am doing something I have been too afraid to do... go.

Learning to Thrive on a College Campus

Melissa Piccoli | Posted 06.24.2015 | College
Melissa Piccoli

I soon realized that striving to simply become wealthy would not only make me unhappy, but also cause me to lose sight of a lot of things that are important to me.

Today, I'm Drowning In Parenthood

Stephanie Jankowski | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Jankowski

For a second, I think about just leaving. Running away. How long would it be until they noticed? Where would I even go? I don't leave, of course, but today would be a great day to take off. Today, I am drowning in parenthood.

15 Signs for Moms That They Might Need a Day Off

Denise Geelhart | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

You look forward to filling your tank full of gas because it means you get out of the car and away from the kids for at least five minutes.

I Am An Introvert, Leave Me Alone!

Olga Mecking | Posted 05.16.2015 | Women
Olga Mecking

Just because I don't smile doesn't mean that I am unhappy. It just means that I am thinking about something that I consider important. It means that I am trying to find some space for myself in a public place.

Self Care Happens On The Fringes

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

We've created a vision that is impossible to attain amidst a life where small people rely on us. A life where we want to be with those small people just as much as we need a break from them most of the time. Inevitably, the grand self care gestures fall apart under their own weight.

Talking About The Hard In Motherhood

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I handed him the baby monitor that was silent, but only because I had the thing turned all the way down. The little light bar was a constant shade of toddler-is-screaming-red.

When Motherhood Swallows Your Identity, Do This

Mia Redrick | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Each of my three children have grown up with a mom who has insisted on the importance of her own self-care, but also in building a family culture that values being whole. It's our new normal for the children to see their parents loving themselves while also loving their family.

10 Reasons It's Healthy For Parents to Spend Time Away from Their Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

From the time they're born, kids observe everything. It's good for them to know that their parents are individuals, too, with their very own wants, needs and passions. This is the beginning of teaching kids about the concept of identity.

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

Me Time Shouldn't Be This Hard, Should It?

Amanda Magee | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Magee

I am realizing that an aspect of growing up has been leaving the fear of monsters under the bed behind, only to have the monsters in my head keep my scared. I'm ready to run toward instinct, even if it's scary and even if it feels counter-intuitive.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Bedtime

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Between making a conscious effort to separate your work life from home, not working on your bed, and being mindful of your activities before bed, over time you'll train your body to be sleep ready.

Why I Put Myself First

Samantha Sutherland | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Samantha Sutherland

I obviously love my child, but I love being a complete version of me, and sometimes that means looking after myself before I look after him.

A Mom's Bill of Rights

Meredith Hale | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

As a mom, it's easy to forget that I'm part of the equation. But no more shall I go hungry, naked and deaf.

'Me Time,' Anyone?

Janice Windt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Janice Windt

Today, me time is the three minutes I get on the loo to check Facebook before one of my sons bursts through the door to see what I am up to. It's my drive to work.

Why I'm Leaving My Kids This Thanksgiving

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

Just as families are beginning to lay down their plans for a delicious dinner, searching for recipes, making grocery lists and hauling fall-themed decorations out of the closet, I'm doing the opposite: I'm boarding an airplane and leaving the country. Alone.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

What I Realized When I Asked for Help

Kate Baer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

Why is it so hard to ask for help? The words get stuck in my throat like a dinner roll I've inhaled without a glass of water, and I'm left dry and weary. The speeches I've rehearsed during angry cleaning are such a waste. I could have been listening to a podcast.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.