Tried and True Resources
There are so many helpful books, apps, websites, and organizations that I often recommend to supplement the work I do with clients. Here are a few of my favorite items that have played a role in my own mental health.
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, PhD
If you’ve often heard criticisms, such as, “You need to grow a thicker skin!,” “Are you daydreaming again?”, “You’re too picky!,” and other judgmental attacks on your personality, you may actually be gifted with high sensitivity. Becoming a mother (and other significant life adjustments) can bring these traits to the forefront, and knowing how to cope and embrace these strengths (in a world that typically sees them as flaws) will change your life and relationships.
Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine Pittman and Elizabeth Karle
Imagine having some go-to ways to calm down, quiet your mind, relax, and manage your anxiety. Guess what, you already have the capability right there in your amazing noggin’! That’s right, your brain has been holding out on you! This book shows you how to unlock your hidden talents in an educational and practical way.
Happiest Toddler On The Block by Harvey Karp
Your toddler is a tiny cave person with a primitive perception of the world. It isn’t personal when they yell, stomp, throw things, and explode in a fit of rage. So breathe, and BUY THIS BOOK. NOW. Dr. Karp explains the role of brain development and why trying to be rational with your kid is not working.
His Happiest Baby On The Block book is also excellent for navigating the first year of life.
Drop The Ball by Tiffany Dufu
This extremely validating and eye-opening book written by a woman who has been where you are trying to do it all only to end up frustrated, exhausted, and resentful. Learn from her journey, and apply her valuable experiences to your own life in your own way that works for you and your family. You can have happiness and satisfaction in your life, but doing it all is NOT the answer.
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Can you tell I’m a big fan of the brain? You should be, too. It holds your power. And a lot of research has gone into figuring out just how to access all of its wonder. In this book, Sam Harris, neuroscientist and my longtime intellectual crush, shares his personal experience with meditation and evidence for why it works. Spoiler alert: There’s no bull s*** or magical thinking required.
I also recommend his podcast, blog, and meditation app. Visit samharris.org for all things Sam.
Informative article from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing on supporting women after a traumatic childbirth experience. It includes some education on PTSD, as well as surprising statistics and specific tips for helping women cope.
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