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Taking Care of Yourself

It's Not Enough to Hear the Warning Noises, You Have to Listen

Nicole Dash | Posted 08.09.2014 | Women
Nicole Dash

I spent every free minute working on several businesses at once. Never feeling like anything is enough. Always feeling guilty that I was dropping a ball somewhere. Then, I finally understood the noises for what they are. Just warnings that I can take care of before they lead to real failure.

The Business Trip

Tarja Parssinen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Tarja Parssinen

Once you become the president of a family, nobody gives you permission to step back. You must take it for yourself. And if you're like me and you don't, you will feel your emotional stock tanking. You owe it to everyone to get the hell out once in a while.

The Gifted Speaker: Baby Your Voice

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

I have found that my vocal chords and my throat are like a canary in a cave. If they don't feel right, a cold, flu or other general cootie is generally right around the corner. Does this send panic through me as I set out to sing or act? Yes it does. Does the same issue hold true for public speaking? Yes it does.

Be Your Own Advocate (If You Don't, Who Will?)

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Raise your hand. Ask questions. Listen to your gut. And when in doubt, check it out. You're worth it. Wouldn't you rather risk having someone think you ask an awful lot of questions than to find yourself laying on your death bed wishing you'd spoken up when you had that bad feeling?

Recipe For Staying Home Sick Without Your Mom

Emma Brodie | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Emma Brodie

Of course, there's no substitute for that ineffable balance of "you poor thing" and "for your own good" that makes mom care so safe and comforting... but as the Hippocratic Oath says, there's no harm in giving it a shot, right?

Is Self-Care Selfish?

Mary Pritchard | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

If I decided to leave work early to go get a massage, what would you say? She's a slacker? I'm not paying you to get a massage during working hours? If you have time to get a massage, then I need to give you more work to do?

What I Learned From Iowa's Best-known Homemaker

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.19.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Maureen Anderson

It reminds me what I've always thought about a happy family. Is it the most important thing in the world? Probably. Is that all there is to life? Well, no.

Selfish, Lazy, Compassionate, Happy... Who Are We if We Love Ourselves?

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

When we have a friendly relationship with ourselves, when we can listen kindly to our own experience and take our own side, we are far more likely to take action and risk the unknown.

Give Up Guilt: No One Is Keeping Score

Helene Lerner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

This is a time when most of us are called to do more with limited resources. So it is important to look at what zaps our power and let go of destructive habits -- clearly, holding on to guilt is one of them.

Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: A Pupu Platter Approach to Self-Care for Busy Times

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

Often, our best attempts at increasing our wellness don't come from putting large amounts of time or effort into our self-care. Rather, they come from approaching our efforts with a sense of balance and an acceptance for what's possible and what's not possible within the realities of our busy life.

Forgiving Ourselves Just as We Are

Maggie Lyon | Posted 10.24.2012 | Women
Maggie Lyon

Instead of falling into half-forgiving resign to my now necessary daily rest and my frequent bowls of vegan ice cream, I am letting myself delight in and downright lap them up!

How To Bring The Best Of Our Intelligence To Self-Care

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

It's worth considering how we can optimize our self-care efforts. Take some time to reflect on how much time feels like enough time and what mix of activities feels like it best meets the range of your needs.

6 Survival Strategies For All Single Parents

Maria Lin | Posted 05.21.2012 | Parents
Maria Lin

You matter. Your children may be the center of your universe, but it doesn't mean that you have to disappear to give them everything they need.

Unbinding The Heart: Put Yourself On Your To-Do List

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Agapi Stassinopoulos

It took me years to realize the value of replenishing myself and putting myself on the top of my to do list, of taking care of myself so I can take care of others. And at some point I really got that the key to happiness is to going deep inside myself and realizing that I was enough and that is what I call the process of unbinding.

The Bright Side Of Bronchitis And Broken Ribs

Mina Samuels | Posted 09.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

"In sickness and in health." Of all the people to whom we might owe this obligation there is one we often don't notice, one who we cannot abandon -- our self.

Show Yourself Some Love

Karen Talavera | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Talavera

It's amazing how quickly we neglect our basic physical, human needs for things that aren't worth it.