Feeling SAD? How to Beat the Wintertime Blues …

HowtoBeatWinterBlues

By Kelly, Contributing Writer With all this extreme weather, it’s no wonder that some are feeling a little blue. But even mild winters can cause a legitimate condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a.k.a. the Wintertime Blues. In fact, as many as 20 percent of Americans are affected by SAD each winter. The condition is most often characterized by moodiness, depression, cravings for simple carbohydrates, weight gain, fatigue and melancholy. SAD can range from simple “wintertime blues” to full blown incapacitation. Interestingly, this condition […]

My Journey to Burnout and Back: A One Year Update

retreat-bridge-shot

It was nearly one year ago that I first began to share about my experience with burnout. Last January, I shared very candidly about the circumstances and lifestyle choices I had made that had pushed me to a place of spiritual, mental and physical breakdown. It was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of my life, and yet I have learned so much and come so far since that time, that a friend encouraged me to share what my journey out of burnout has looked like. […]

Treating Depression During Pregnancy, Naturally

Image by lululemon athletica

This post is the follow up to last month’s post on Stacey’s experience with Depression in Pregnancy. The first post was intended to bring awareness to the issue and offer hope and encouragement, and this second post takes a closer look at some of the natural and wholistic methods of treating depression while pregnancy. There is another detailed post on this site with natural remedies for treating depression, but please note that that post does not take into account the safety of various remedies during pregnancy. […]

Depression During Pregnancy: My Experience

Image by dizznbonn

This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any symptoms.  If you feel this is something you are dealing with, it’s very important that you talk to your doctor or midwife about it as soon as possible. Typically when women find out they are pregnant, there is excitement and anticipation for their upcoming bundle of joy. But what happens when those feelings of excitement are masked by feelings of overwhelmedness, anxiety and depression? My Experience I found myself in that situation recently when my […]

What is “Real” Health?

sneeze

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These days, it’s hard to pinpoint what health really is.  Our country’s health is going down the tubes – there are constantly reports on how more and more people are suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic infections, stomach disorders, reproductive disorders/infertility, cancer, neurological disorders, learning disabilities….  And yet, if you talk to most people, they’ll claim “Yes!  My family is pretty healthy!” Something doesn’t match up.  How can individual people believe that they are “generally healthy,” yet we […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles, Part 2

464046403_6583bc82d1

In the first part of this panel discussion, we focused on what led to a situation of burnout and fatigue, how the panelists recognized it, their signs and symptoms and more. This time, I wanted to focus on the hopefulness that exists, even when we find that we’ve come to the end of our rope. Winter does not last forever. Spring is coming. I chose this tulip image because it well describes that simple but strong hope that I have in my own personal season […]

Naturally Neutralizing Stress: Herbs that Calm

3975928974_73a987308e

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer We all have those moments of random stress, moments that leave us drained, exhausted, and with a lingering feeling of depression.  This month at Keeper of the Home, we’ve been addressing ways to find a balance in our lives, both physically and mentally. On Monday, Stephanie addressed natural ways to approach depression, and she mentioned several herbs that can help to calm our senses in the midst of stress.  I’d like to elaborate further on some of them, and explain why […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles

5126344491_5019910ef5

The response to this month’s honest discussions of burnout, fatigue, depression and general health and wellness has been so tremendous. Thank you all for sharing in such real and vulnerable ways. I’m humbled that you would share so much of yourselves and these very personal experiences. I think that it’s so important that we as women truly share our stories with one another, rather than continuing to pretend that we’re all “just fine”. Fellowship, encouragement, growth and healing happen best when we drop our defences and our perfect […]