Tag Archives: PPA

Fitness Fridays: Outlet for Strong Emotions

Exercise for me is not just about building muscle, increasing my endurance, lifting heavier weights, jumping higher and running faster.  Exercise decreases my anxiety, and it helps me burn off the rage that resurfaces from time to time.  Women are … Continue reading

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My struggle with perfectionism and control

I wonder often why I did not struggle when Munch was born. I worried about everything. I know that I had anxiety then, but I talked about all my worries and fears. I leaned on my extended family and my … Continue reading

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Family Ties

As I started to research more about postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, I discovered that depression and anxiety have a genetic component.  I started doing my research and polling all of my relatives.  Had anyone struggled with perinatal mood and … Continue reading

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Three Years Later #ForMiriam

Yesterday, October 10th was World Mental Health Day.  In memory of Miriam Carey, I raise my voice as a survivor of Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety.  Three years ago, my beautiful baby girl, Skeeter, was born on October 10, 2010.  … Continue reading

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Dare Update #BlogHer 13

I took a huge leap out of my comfort zone, and I attended my first blogging conference.  In typical Jen fashion, I went all out to the largest blogging conference, BlogHer.  This conference inspired, motivated and challenged me.  I went … Continue reading

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Horror Show in my Mind: Intrusive Thoughts

***Trigger warning: If you are feeling fragile or struggling, this post might be triggering.  I talk about intrusive thoughts. *** This week I was plunged back into the hell  of my postpartum depression and anxiety, triggered by an infant death in my state … Continue reading

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The Morning Routine Revisited

This is an update to my post about how the morning routine was a huge trigger for me.  https://tranquilamama.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/my-undoing-the-morning-routine/  The morning routine still creates anxiety for me, but I am able to better manage my reactions to it. Two of the … Continue reading

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