The better we understand our emotions and internal experiences, the better equipped we will be to healthfully navigate whatever life throws our way. The experience of being emotionally validated is the foundation of this "emotional IQ."
So it's no wonder that most of us have used comfort foods to soothe uncomfortable emotions at some point. I mean, it works . . . temporarily. Personally I've eaten away sadness, anger, boredom, anxiety, you name it. And yeah, it helped me to escape my awareness of that feeling . . . temporarily.
if my years as a clinical psychologist (and human) have taught me anything, it's that one of our most common reactions to anxiety is what actually makes it WORSE. Yep, way worse.
There are also habits of our own we can change to improve sleep. I've narrowed down my top five sleep strategies for moms.
Sometimes this expectation can feel like just another thing we're failing at, like showering every day. I'm here to share a professional perspective on this question. (And, full disclosure: Today was a dry shampoo day.) Because when I'm not momming, I'm focused on helping others improve their mental and emotional wellbeing as a clinical psychologist.
Our children "serve" us a message verbally or nonverbally (e.g. I'm hungry, I'm happy and want to play, I'm bored, or I'm angry) and we "return" it with our response (e.g. feeding, playing, changing activities, or comforting). Sometimes our responses are right on -- score! We get the message, read it accurately, and lob it back with the perfect amount of oomph and spin.