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A Different Way of Looking at Endometriosis

25 Jul

Moms and Exhaustion

19 Jul

Turn on Some Tunes

11 Jun

Turn on Some Tunes

Everyday the energy my (almost) 3-year-old son expels makes my jaw drop. Music is one of the tools my husband David and I often use to channel this boundless energy.

I’m lucky that said husband is a composer and plays the guitar beautifully. From the moment we found out we were pregnant – almost 4 years ago now – David has been singing to our son. Back then, at night before we went to bed, David would make “whale sounds” on my belly to calm our growing baby down so I could get some sleep.

Here are my suggestions for using music to joyfully rein in that, at times, overwhelming kid energy in a way that helps us cultivate peace and connection.

I’ve divided this up into a daily ritual because “transitions” and other stressful times during the day offer great opportunities to stop for a moment and honor the shift from one activity to another… Music could be used a background, but it’s even more effective when there is an official music break.

Morning Music:

  • Some mornings we put recordings of birdsong on to help wake up – seems as though it helps us get out the door since it sounds as if we already are! Feel free to flap your wings like a bird.
  • Once a week, my husband leads a drum circle at our little one’s school in Oak Cliff. An empty water cooler container makes a great makeshift hand drum – you can’t really destroy it! Drumming gives my husband time to connect with our son and watch him interact with his little friends.

Head over to D-Mom’s Blog to read more of Dr. Naumes’ music suggestions.

Cultivating Couple Time

19 Feb

Cultivating Couple Time

 

As you come down off your Valentine’s Day high this week, let’s talk about a few ways to consistently cultivate and strengthen your relationship with your spouse. If you happen to have a marriage like mine, nothing works better for us than turning on music – our favorite right now is some nights by fun! – and dancing for 5 minutes.  We’ve also appreciated the benefits of creating a family mission statement.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog for some other ideas you might implement to improve your health, happiness, and stress levels for years to come!

 

Finding the Elusive Balance

12 Feb

Finding Elusive Balance

Amidst our hyper-busy, multi-tasking urban lifestyle, I’m often asked about finding balance in one’s life. The art of saying “no” (which I like to reframe as the art of saying “Yes!”) starts with organizing your big picture around what’s truly important to you and your family, long-term. Here are four specific ways to do this.
  1. Make a family mission statement – A strong mission statement can drive every other decision that your family makes. If you and your partner can agree on your mutual mission, you may find that assuming this bird’s eye view of life helps you decide what is worth pursuing and what to set aside. Look at your primary relationships and take care that your actions support each other rather than push your family members away from one another. From time-to-time, my husband and I get out our family mission statement to use as a litmus test – we want to see if we are being true to vision. Then we try to let go of everything that’s not of vital importance.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

Optimizing Your Fertility

15 Jan

Optimizing Your Fertility

This week we’ll talk about some ways to naturally improve your fertility. As an added bonus, achieving your optimal state of health before getting pregnant makes it more likely that you will have a healthy, glowing pregnancy and a healthier baby.

The year leading up to pregnancy is a key window for making changes that support radiant health, inner beauty, and optimal fertility. Some of these changes might sound like your new year’s resolutions, so if you’re trying to get pregnant, here’s extra motivation to stick with them!

    1. Start decreasing your exposure to harmful chemicals now.
      • Reduce the pesticides that you ingest by choosing organic fruits and vegetables
      • Use all-natural body products, choose green cleaners for your home, and never dry-clean your clothes.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D Magazines D-Moms Blog

Girl Time Might be the Healthiest Thing You do all Month

18 Dec

 

 

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The hectic holiday schedule affords many opportunities to gather with family and friends. While it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the stress of the season, taking time to relax with friends turns out to be vital for good health. This week, we’ll talk about the whole-body benefits of good friendships. Research shows that people who have strong social connections also have:

  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Lower risk of colds and depression
  • Lower overall stress and healthier ways of coping with stress
  • A stronger immune system
  • Better insulin regulation

Good friendships also provide long-term brain benefits. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health of adults aged 65+ found that social interactions keep the brain sharp in later life.

While difficult relationships with friends and family members have been linked to negative health effects, positive relationships give people a greater sense of happiness and well-being. Numerous studies show that happy people live longer, healthier lives. Momentary pleasures, such as laughing with a dear friend, can improve overall happiness levels, which include a deep sense of life satisfaction, optimism, positive emotions, and the absence of negative emotions.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines D-Moms Blog

Tips for Staying Sane During the Holidays

20 Nov

Managing stress is one of the most important things you can do for the health and well-being of yourself and your family. My #1 tip is to take on less! Keep life simple and don’t compare yourself to others. The fall and winter are darker, slower times for rest and reflection; the holidays should be enjoyable and relaxing.

Tips for keeping life simple:

  • Take time for introspection and give children a break from activities, research shows that unstructured play time is vital to development and creativity.
  • You can stay stylish and keep it simple with a mom “uniform.” Or build your wardrobe around a simple color palette so that everything you pull out of your closet already matches. (Your husband will appreciate the break from having to be your stylist.)
  • Learn to say no to holiday parties and get-togethers that don’t bring you and your family joy and peace and that aren’t true obligations.

 

Ok, so you’re just going to have a busy fall and holiday season… no way around it. What can you do to stay energized and sane? How can you manage your stress?

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazine’s D-Moms Blog

Staving Off Winter Colds

13 Nov

The common cold is an acute, viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. There are many viruses which can cause the symptoms of the common cold. Infants and children are affected more often and tend to experience more prolonged symptoms than adults. So, what can you do to improve immunity and potentially ward off colds & the flu?

The key to prevention is consistency! Once a child or mom is sick with the cold or flu, there is only so much you can do to shorten the duration or decrease the intensity of symptoms. Consistency of good self-care is paramount to prevent frequent recurrences of the cold. So what is good self-care? Exercise, nutrition, sleep, community support, and stress management. Here are some of my tips for achieving each of these to help prevent seasonal illness.

Regular Exercise

  • Moms: Take a 30-minute relaxing walk outside daily.
  • Kids: Play outside.
  • Kids and parents: Have a dance party at home, go on a family nature walk, or pull together an all ages flag football game on thanksgiving instead of sitting and watching football on TV.

Read  Dr. Naumes’ entire post over at D Magazine‘s D-Mom’s Blog.