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These are tools that can be used to help yourself or someone you love cope with the symptoms of a Perinatal Mood Disorder
(Note: These are not a replacement for treatment)

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Managing Anxiety/Feelings of Being Overwhelmed

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Guided Meditation

When things become overwhelming and your brain keeps going too fast, sometimes it can be helpful to focus on something else. 'F*ck that' is a lighthearted meditation video that you can focus on to validate your frusterations and help you to relax, and maybe even laugh a little.   
(note: there is NSFW language, so you may want to use headphones if little ears are listening)

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Triage To Do List

Traditional To-Do lists can be overwhelming and make you feel like you're digging in sand. 
The Triage To-Do list helps prioritize and organize your life so what matters gets priority and you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. 

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Anxiety Ladder

The Anxiety Ladder is a way to figure out what kinds of anxiety management skills work best for which levels of anxiety. Once you know these things, you can use your skills to help lower your anxiety to a level that you can manage. 

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Positive Social Media

I maintain a FaceBook page that is designed to be a safe, positive place on social media. So if you're looking for affirming messages, tools you can use, informative articles and just plain happy/fun stuff - 'follow' or just scroll the 'posts' history. 

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Square Breathing

Square breathing (or Box Breathing) is a breathing technique that can lower your heart rate back to your resting heart rate - even in stressful situations. Watch this video and follow along to learn how to do it. 

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Hope-filled statements

Instead of 'Just be positive' - try on some of these hopeful and validating statements.

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Coping Cartoons

Our minds are such complicated mazes, we sometimes need help navigating them. After artist Kate Allan, who was struggling with her mental health, felt the impact of therapy, she decided to pass on some of the things she learned in a beautiful way. 


Managing Conflict

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Good Communication Rules

Pregancy and Parenting can bring out the best in us - but just as often it can bring out the worst. Communication problems can spread out of control if both sides don't follow basic rules of healthy communication. This is a list of the 15 rules to follow to work through a problem without it turning ugly. 

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Saying No

Being a parent means you're being pulled in so many different directions. You are trying to juggle the needs of your family, your children and even yourself. There is no way to make everyone happy - so sometimes you're going to have to say 'No'. And by saying 'No' sometimes, it gives you the freedom and resources to be able to say 'YES!' to things that really matter.
Fifty Ways to Say No is a list to get you thinking about all the different ways you can say 'No' when you need to. 


Self-Care

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Self-Care

It's more than just bubble baths! Self-care extends to so much of your life. If you want to be able to drive the car - you've got to put gas in the tank! 

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Engage with Art

Even if you're not good at it - art can help you feel better. From listening to music to playing an instrument to crafting to drawing to coloring books - just engaging with art can help improve mood. 

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Unique Styles

Mobirise offers many site blocks in several themes, and though these blocks are pre-made, they are flexible.