Up next on Doctor On Call is a new episode of Shrink Wrap on Call, where Dr. Greer is joined by Jeff Gurian and Emily Ann Peterson. Don’t miss it!
Tune in Tuesday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT at HealthyLife.net
March 7 — Hollywood Mommy Dish with Jodi Darter
March 14 — HuffPost On Call! TBA
March 21 — Shrink Wrap on Call! Encore!
March 28 — Let’s Talk Sex! Dr. Brad Nelson & David Essel
January 2 — Encore!
January 9 — Shrink Wrap on Call! Dr. Jeffrey L. Gurian & fashion expert Rayne Parvis
January 16 — HuffPost On Call! TBA
January 23 — Shrink Wrap on Call! Hollywood Mommy Dish & Edrina Rush
January 30 — Let’s Talk Sex! Amy Buckalter & Elizabeth Morris
How romantic is your marriage? If this question makes your shoulders draw together in irritation at your spouse’s lack of chivalry and surprise trips to Venice, you won’t be alone. According to therapist and relationship expert Dr Jane Greer, countless couples complain that their happy-ever-after is utterly devoid of romance. “It’s understandable – everyone gets inundated with the responsibilities of everyday life,” she says. “When you are dating you want the person to know you care about them so you make a point of doing romantic things, but once you’re married you stop planning.” Dr. Greer shares her thoughts in The Telegraph.
Standing up to domestic abuse, whether it is verbal, physical, or both, can be daunting. Actress Reese Witherspoon recently opened up about her struggles with this in a former relationship. She said there were several instances of behavior that led her to eventually remove herself from the situation. This is such an important thing to do, but so often not easy for many reasons.
Domestic abuse is like the common cold in the sense that it appears in so many forms. It usually starts with your partner trying to control you through verbal abuse, and it can remain there or evolve into physical abuse as well. It can be difficult to stand up and protect yourself from your partner because often they do not act that way all of the time. The bad behavior might be episodic, and, in fact, when he isn’t throwing insults or punches he may be acting quite loving toward you. He might be sensitive in those moments, and act as though he truly cares about you and is doing everything for your own good, which can make it especially hard to reconcile the two vastly different personas. One nice act or display of kindness can be like a magic marker and erase all the bad things the person has done, which contributes to denial of how truly distressing your partnership is.
Read the entire article in Psychology Today and Cupid’s Pulse.
Having a family to call your own is in itself a blessing. There’s a warm comfort knowing that when you go home everyday you have a loving husband that cares for you and beautiful children that make your life feel complete.
But what about a healthy balance? Life can’t always be all about family. Deep inside there are still your wants, needs, desires and aspirations. You may be taking care of all your family’s nutritional needs but are you taking care of yours? Do you make the time to meditate or exercise? One needs a balanced life even with family because you need to enjoy things outside the family structure too.
Do you remember the things you loved to do the most before you got married? Maybe you loved to paint or write. Maybe you even designed jewellery or made clothes. Were you an arts and crafts fundi? Was reading your thing? What were the things that you enjoyed the most? Take the time to figure out the things you loved doing the most and slowly let them filter back into your life.
It’s really easy to lose track of what you eat once you fall pregnant. Cravings make all dietary rules fly out the window and often those foods you craved during pregnancy will still stick with you afterwards. There’s no reason to not start eating healthier once you have an established family. You will also be a good role model for your kids. Take the time to find exciting recipes that incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and proteins into your diet and your body will feel the effect soon enough. Supplements will also give your body the kick start it needs to start feeling healthier and more in shape. Read this Research Verified review here and find out more!
Now when you think of exercise you needn’t think of circuit training and weightlifting, although those exercises are great for toning the muscles and strengthening your bones. There are so many things to choose from from swimming to tennis, aerobics, yoga, pilates and dance classes. There really is no excuse for you not to exercise. If need be, find a workout video on YouTube and follow it at home. Just wake up an hour earlier in your day and you will really be proud of yourself after completing it. The stronger and fitter you become the better and more confident you will feel about yourself.
Friends & Socializing
Remember how much fun it was to hang out with friends before you got married? Well now you have kids so make an effort to reach out to fellow moms. Often schools have get togethers and this is a great opportunity to connect with other moms out there and make plans to get together. You all have a common thread as being mothers now and will share similar interests.
Meditation & Quiet Time
Having a family is such a busy time in one’s life. You’re either cooking or doing laundry or running after the kids or just…..so, so much. Sometimes you just need to breathe in fresh air and have quiet time for yourself. Maybe there is a park close by and you can take a walk and relax in nature. Sometimes a hot bubble bath early in the morning or late at night surrounded by candles will help relax you. If possible, go to a spa and enjoy a relaxing massage occasionally.
Balance is essential for a healthy and happy life and hopefully by following some of the tips here, your family life will find more balance! Enjoy the kids, the pets and your handsome hubby but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too!
Contributed by Della Rodriquez
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