Did you know that you can think of the menstrual cycle as one of the body’s vital signs? (The four primary, and more commonly known vital signs are body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate.)
Why call the menstrual cycle a vital sign?
Ovulation—the release of an egg... read more
One of the strategies I have found most useful in caring for my health is charting my cycle. I have been charting my cycle—using one method or another—for 6 years. Pure curiosity is what initially drew me to this health strategy. I was struck that my body reveals so much to me if I pay attention... read more
Maybe it’s just me, but pumping is the worst. Breastfeeding has a lot of things going for it, but pumping is not one of them. When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3, I immediately began dreading all the hours of pumping that were in my future.
I work part time, and I had already lived... read more
Happy Mother’s Day!
As a new-ish mom, I love Mother’s Day. I love getting breakfast in bed, seeing what craft projects and gifts my boys have for me, and spending the whole day doing only the parenting things I enjoy. I love Mother’s Day because it’s my ideal projection of what... read more
Getting your period over the holidays is the worst. Lucky for us, scientists have studied some of our favorite cold-weather beverages and discovered that they actually relieve cramps. Um, yes please.
Check out our holiday guide to warm and cozy cramp... read more
How cultivating gratitude makes you happier and more psychologically resilient.
When we’re feeling troubled or upset, having someone tell us to “cheer up” or “remember what you have to be grateful for” can feel condescending, or that they’re missing the point. However, being grateful is... read more
The troubling connection between intimate partner violence and homelessness.
A past survey of homeless adults in Michigan found that physical abuse was most frequently cited as the main cause of homelessness, making homelessness in Michigan a uniquely women’s issue. This statistic is similar to... read more
Seeking help is the first step in peeling back the layers that contribute to our emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, and spiritual state. In getting the help we need, we restore some control over our lives and emotions, which sometimes feel unmanageable. For this reason, we will... read more
Intimate Partner Violence impacts health physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Last week, we spoke about the importance of emotional health in helping you guard against a potentially violent partner. This week we will focus on the mental health conditions associated with Intimate Partner Violence.... read more
How strong emotional health can protect against domestic violence.
This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I started last week’s blog with emotional health because addressing our own emotional health and emotional needs is crucial in having healthy relationships. Knowing ourselves... read more