4 Tips to Embracing Your Naked Face

4 Tips to Embracing Your Naked Face

by Michelle Molle-Krowiak Ed.S, LCSW

Re-entering the world without our mask has been a dream since March 2020.  I missed my “naked” face!  Despite that, the process has been slow and anxiety-filled.  I imagined ripping it off and running into the sunset; yet,  the reality is a feeling of uncertainty and pressure.  So another layer of this pandemic has been realized, “un-masking anxiety”.  I know I am not the only one so I wanted to share my tips.

  • Start outside: Breathe the fresh air and maintain social distancing allowing you time to embrace your naked face.
  • Start small:  I went for quick trips during off-peak hours.  As I walked into the mall, I slowly lowered the mask, easing my discomfort little by little.  
  • Conquer your inner critic voice: For me, I need a positive affirmation to help ease my discomfort. My discomfort does not come from the possible virus ( I feel pretty confident being vaccinated and still taking reasonable precautions).  My discomfort and anxiety came from feeling unsafe from an unnecessary confrontation.  Feeling eyes of judgement or even fear of me the unmasked individual impacts me.  I do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable because of me.  However, I realized my fears were just my own worries that I needed to challenge myself with a positive affirmation.
  • Smile: Spread the joy. The power of a simple smile will lift your own spirits and others.  It is time to shine.

In the end, this is a personal decision of when and where… I wish you peace and joy as you un-mask.  I, for one, am loving saying good-by to my un-masking anxiety and saying hello to all those smiling naked faces.

Anxiety in a Post-Covid World

Anxiety in a Post-Covid World

by Dr. Liz Matheis, published in https://differentdream.com/

Anxiety in a post-Covid world is the latest new reality in over a year of new realities. Clinical psychologist Liz Mathies is here today with 3 strategies to tame your anxiety as you and your family begins the process of re-entry.

Hooray, hooray! The end of the pandemic is coming!

Wait. Is it a hooray?

In one breath, you may feel relieved that life is returning to normal. But in the same breath you wonder what is normal 14 months after a pandemic that suddenly and drastically changed our lives.

Fourteen months ago, anxiety about a virus that we had never seen before entered our lives. Before we knew it, it was deemed a global pandemic.  I remember where I was exactly and who I was with when I first heard that news. It was mind blowing and overwhelming.

This virus was far more than just a flu. Our anxiety became intense and constant as it created fierce symptoms and many didn’t survive.

For many of us, that anxiety has actually not yet settled. We carry a residual level of worry. We’ve adopted functional rituals such as disinfecting surfaces, washing doorknobs, washing our hands and wearing masks.  We ask questions such as: “Does that restaurant have outdoor seating? Are those tables too close? Did that person just touch the door handle? Are my kids safe to go to school? What if I’m carrying the virus and pass it on to my parents/elderly relatives?” The list goes on and on.

Finance 101: How to Read Your Paystub

Finance 101: How to Read Your Paystub

Erin Hoffman’s Finance 101 series continues with a handy reference guide to understanding your paystub.

published on https://jobs.mom/

In today’s digital world, primarily with direct deposit, we rarely see our physical paycheck. It is definitely easier to have direct deposit than dealing with a paper check, however it’s important to review your paystub once in a while. This will help you catch faults in your pay, budget and protect your income.

Your pay stub can be broken down into four standard pieces of information: gross pay; tax withholdings; deductions; and net pay.

 

Self-Care and Setting Boundaries

Self-Care and Setting Boundaries: Dr. Liz Matheis on the Impact of the Pandemic on Working Mothers

by Dr. Liz Matheis, published in https://jobs.mom/

Our roles as women have changed and morphed and we are handling more than ever –  juggling, balancing the needs of everyone else during a time when we, as families, are together more than we are apart. Here we are over one year later, and we are exhausted and drained. We have been overseen and forgotten. As mothers during this pandemic, life went from being full to being overwhelming and demanding to say the very least. Our roles have changed, our bodies and minds can feel it, and our mental health is deteriorating.

4 Must-Do Tips for Launching a Business as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Want to Launch a Business as a Stay-at-Home Mom? Follow These 4 Must-Do Tips for Success

by Eva Benoit

Have you considered becoming a “mompreneur”?

The task of launching and running a successful business while raising your children is no easy task. However, more stay-at-home moms than ever before are starting thriving businesses of their own — without sacrificing a healthy work-life balance. If you’ve been in search of tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur while also working as a stay-at-home mom, you’ve come to the right place.

Research ideas for a home-based business that fits your lifestyle
Before you do anything, research home-based businesses that will fit in with your lifestyle. Rather than jumping into the first idea that you have, ensure that it meets both your needs and the needs of your children. If you are committed to a specific business idea, thoroughly research what is involved. Want to get an accurate picture of what running a specific type of business is like? Reach out to other female entrepreneurs to find women in the same line of work. You can do this by attending a virtual or in-person networking group meeting, or by contacting business owners directly. If possible, find someone who is also a stay-at-home mom to get a complete understanding of what is expected on a daily basis.
Design a home office/workspace that limits distractions
After deciding what you’ll do, begin designing your home workspace. When looking to balance entrepreneurship with motherhood, this will be one of the most critical pieces of the puzzle.
First, consider the needs of your business. If you are going to be starting a product-based business, you’ll need ample space for inventory. Depending on what you’ll be doing, you may even need space for the equipment to create your products. If you are running a service-based business, decide exactly how you will be using your office. Once you’ve chosen a space that will handle the needs of your business, work to make it as distraction and noise-free as possible. If you have multiple spaces that would work, select the room that is furthest from common areas, and areas that your children frequent. Consider installing a more soundproof door, adding soundproofing to your new workspace, and installing a door lock.
Do the initial work needed to launch
At this stage, you are ready to do everything necessary to prep your business for launch. While this step will require you to do some in-depth research, there are certain things that every soon-to-be mompreneur will need to do. If you will be carrying a product line, now is the time to fill your inventory, create a price list, file for a business license, and so on. If you will be offering services, begin designing a website that lists your prices, provides testimonials, and offers your
future clients a streamlined way to purchase services with you.
Create a hands-off marketing strategy
One of the best things you can do to ensure a healthy work-life balance is to automate and outsource as much as your budget will allow. Rather than spending countless hours on tasks that take away from family time, hire an expert to do the work for you. This is especially critical when it comes to your marketing. Not only are marketing tasks time- consuming, but they also require expert-level knowledge to be effective. That’s why it is best to create a hands-off marketing strategy. For example, email marketing services alone can save you hours of time, effort, and frustration. You can easily find email marketing professionals through online job platforms that allow you to weigh reviews, delivery times, and costs. With a bit of planning and expert advice, launching and running a successful business as a stay-at-home mom is an achievable goal. If you’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, now is the time to go for your dreams.

Eva Benoit specializes in helping professionals with stress and anxiety but welcomes working with people from all walks of life. She works with her clients to discover and explore avenues that will bring them to balance, peace, and improved overall well-being that can last a lifetime. She is the author of the upcoming book, The 30-Day Plan for Ending Bad Habits and Improving Overall Health.

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"The various psycho-educational testing Dr. Liz conducted on our son gave us critical clues about where his learning strengths and weaknesses lie so that his needs could be better addressed at home and school. Moreover, because of their warm, kindhearted personalities, both Dr. Liz and her associate, Stephanie, formed an immediate bond with my son. He eagerly looks forward to his weekly therapy sessions. We are so lucky Dr. Liz came into our family's lives when she did! For stressed-out families trying to help their children as best they can, she is a calming voice of reason!"
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