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Authored by Anna Fullmer, LCSW

Anna Fullmer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works with individuals (children through adulthood) and families.

When we are stressed, depressed, irritable, anxious, sad, grieving, we often stop taking care of ourselves.  We may eat unhealthy foods; we may skip meals or stop eating; we may overeat.  Our sleep is often poor and disturbed, or we may sleep a lot.  We may spend a lot of time with distractions - screens - phones, social media, video games, tv, movies; working; shopping; drinking; smoking, etc.  It’s common to turn to “escapes” when we’re uncomfortable with how we feel.

Our escapes may help in the moment, but the effect is temporary, and after it fades we are left feeling worse, unsatisfied, and the escapes themselves can sometimes create additional problems.

As we are sorting our way through our difficulties, reaching out to resources and supports, working with a counselor, let’s consider nourishing ways to care for ourselves. 

Food Practice - Slow down and bring your attention to what you are eating.  Eat without distractions.  Notice your food choices, and consider foods that will best support you. Eat foods you enjoy.  When we eat slowly and with attention, we are less likely to overeat, and we are more likely to feel satisfied.  If you don’t feel like eating, then eat to support yourself, eat gently - foods easy to digest, nourishing foods. 

Sleep Practice - Create a comfortable place to sleep - cool, dark, quiet.  Go to bed earlier.  Turn off screens 1-2 hours before bedtime.  Sometimes a fan, or white noise, helps with sleep.  Magnesium supplements can also help with mood regulation and sleep.  Develop a sleep routine - same bedtime every night, same wakeup time every morning.

Screens - Take breaks from all screens.  Start out with short breaks - turn them off, set them away from you.  Instead, talk with a friend, go for a walk, play with your dog/cat, read an inspirational book.

When we prioritize nourishment, we offer ourselves support through difficult times.

Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

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