In the past three weeks I reached quite a few of the goals set out by Ann Dunnewold and Diane Sanford, experts in maternal health and masterminds of the Living: The Self-Care Challenge.
But there are a few areas I still need to work on.
What surpised me the most is that I was already doing some of their suggestions, like talking to myself in positive language. I learned to do that after a bout of postpartum depression following my youngest son's birth four years ago. Back then, I found the book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life infinitely helpful. Had Dunnewold and Sanford's new book Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide been published at that time, I've no doubt it would have been beside my bed for daily reading as well.
If you missed the challenge, it's not too late -- the authors have announced that they're continuing the site's popular daily self-care mantras and ideas. And if you read about it here but were scared off by the time commitment, give it a try! You may be surprised by how easy it is to work in the 10-minute-a-day practices -- and you may find you can pat yourself on the back for things you're already doing!
By Amy De La Hunt, Health Blogger for SmartParenting
Amy De La Hunt is a journalist and editor who lives in the St. Louis metro area and works across the country as a writer, copy editor, project manager and editorial consultant on everything from fiction books to monthly magazines to blog posts. When she's not chauffeuring her teenage sons to activities, Amy is an enthusiastic amateur cook, landscaper, Latin dancer and traveler. Follow Amy on Instagram @amy_in_words
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