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  • While reading your question, it was beautiful to see how insightful you are!

    You seem to have responded to your own question when you aptly shared, “I never feel like I’m ‘perfect’ enough… no one will ever be perfect…”

    To expound on your insights, I want to underscore the importance of not confusing dating with marriage. Dating is a prerequisit…Read More

  • What you are describing sounds like feelings of depression. That doesn’t mean you are clinically depressed or have a chemical imbalance but it also doesn’t mean that is not the case. Regardless, I believe what can be helpful here is to recognize that feelings of depression come from suppression, and their antidote is expression. You may be…Read More

  • I am humbled by the multitude of warm sensitive responses.

    A few thoughts of my own…

    You shared, “I’m struggling a lot… I cry for nothing…it seems to me that I’m too sensitive…”

    From what you shared it seems that you have an understanding that your emotional pain is more than you are capable of healing without support, yet you are reluctant t…Read More

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    Mazel tov! It’s a baby!

    All those weeks of preparation, shopping, cleaning, nesting are now behind you, not to mention the nine months of nausea, anxiety, and insomnia.

    It’s all in the past, and the fut […]

    But why is she crying? Husband's Guide to PPD

    Mazel tov! It’s a baby! All those weeks of preparation, shopping, cleaning, nesting are now behind you, not to mention the nine months of nausea, anxiety, and insomnia. It’s all in the past, and the future is a baby-hued halo of...

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    • This is so important! I think that too often people try to sweep PPD under the rug, or think that because it’s fairly common it will go away on its own. Thank you for sharing some much needed light on this topic and giving all of us a little guidance on what to do if it happens to a loved one.

    • Thank you for sharing this. I especially appreciate the list of warning signs.
      I usually am crying a lot and for no good reason after birth, but it stops after about two weeks. Still it makes my husband feel very bad, even I tell him it has nothing to do with him, which makes me cry even more .Guess I’ll give him to read this article.

    • Thank you for the awareness! I love the line that said a person should not blame herself. So many of us walk around with huge feelings of guilt. So on top of our struggles we still feel guilty which just aggravates the already hard situation.

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    Rachel Brezel replied to the topic Parenting in the forum Resources

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Holy Shabbat. Ironically, Shabbat, the day we look forward to all week, often turns out to be the day we experience the most anxiety, restlessness, and irritability. Unfortunately, anxiety on Shabbos is a real […]

    7 DIY Ways to Beat Anxiety On Shabbat

    Holy Shabbat. Ironically, Shabbat, the day we look forward to all week, often turns out to be the day we experience the most anxiety, restlessness, and irritability. Unfortunately, anxiety on Shabbos is a real thing. With a forced break from our...

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    • Incredible article. Thank you @rachel!!! Just wanted to add that all these activities are AMAZING self care options, which is so important. When we care for ourselves, we have the fuel to give to others and are bothered by others less.

    • amazing and informative article!! You included so many important and practical points. i especially like the idea of journaling before shabbos. We could even journal a Cope Ahead plan for Shabbos. Thank you!!

    • Amazing and so many ideas to choose from! Shabbos is a very hard day for very many of us dealing with anxiety. Thank you so much first for the validation that normalizes the many conflicting feelings that we feel on a day that is supposed to be pure relaxation, and Thank You for all the tips we can use to get those feelings to become more positive. I like the point that you wrote about going for a walk outside, it really does work and it gets you out of the rut that you get stuck in by having too much unstructured time, which causes our thoughts to go around and around like a merryground. I will definitely try to implement some of the ideas to make things easier.

    • You couldn’t have chosen a better time to post this article! This is literally one less thing to worry about this Shabbat, haha

    • Love this – Brilliant, TY!

    • Very informative, thank you.

    • You said ironically shabbat was the day we experienced the most anxiety etc.
      How do you know that?
      Are you savvy to my anxiety level?.
      Who’s we?
      Are you guessing?

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