RELATIONSHIPS 

Posts below reflect overcoming stress in a relationship by being BRAVE. Relationship type is reflected at top of each post. To share your experience of beating stress log into member area and submit a post!

Parental

As a granola girl working as a school psychologist for almost a decade I learned about the links between pregnancy and birth complications. From the natural female wish to raise healthy happy kids grew a stronger focus on everything related. Walking up the steep driveway strap he sandals eating chocolate I was further educated on the inner workings of pregnancy, labor and delivery in a Hypno birthing course. My confidence grew as I became more and more familiar with the natural drive of my female instincts. As the days approached and labor slowly began to kick in I was calm and confident that I would deliver completely naturally without an epidural. Female empowerment surged through my body as the contractions did. The hospital staff couldn’t believe how calm I was. I remained as calm as possible as I applied all the strategies I had ever learned to stay centered and confident (psychological & physical). After 45 minutes of pushing (and no it was not pain-free) I had my first beautiful healthy daughter in my arms. After some much-needed rest I enjoyed a big cheeseburger, chocolate shake, fries and ice cream sandwich in my hospital bed as I relished all my efforts to have a healthy, happy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Most important I knew I had done everything I could to give my daughter the best start to life.

Parental

A school function was coming up for my daughter and some nervousness arose. I'm pretty comfortable in these settings but this was the first time at this type of event including teachers and parents. It was hosted as a party by a student's parents but still a school function. A few questions ran through my head: what should I wear? How many people will be show up? Can I ask about how my daughter's doing in school? I reached out to some parent friends whose kids also attend the school. They were super sweet and helpful in providing clarity to lower my trepidations. I was grateful and a little brave entering the social. Once I saw familiar faces to chat with I settled in quickly and had a fantastic time!

CAREER

Posts below reflect overcoming stress at work by being BRAVE. Line of work is reflected at top of each post. To share your experience of beating stress log into member area and submit a post!

Psychology 

My big presentation to 30+ was fast approaching. There was no shortage of preparation and as much as I minimized fears and used positive self-talk to enter a comfort zone, the anticipation was only lessened. I had no choice but to still be brave. When speaking time arrived, I took a few deep breaths and pushed through. It was funny that once I was delivering the information and engaging with the crowd comfort set in. After that day, I felt like a stronger woman. Pushing through wasn't easy, or fun, but it gave me more confidence. In turn, making it easier for me to go for it with desirable goals. 

Psychology 

Then came the day.  Comfy under the covers with one eye open on the computer screen checking e-mail before going to sleep.  My belief that one more year of childcare leave was possible was zapped!  I was told I had exhausted my leave.  Now, I was forced to decide to continue being a full-time SAHM to my two young daughters or return to be a psychologist to multiple children at school. A place where I had laid down roots for 10+ years.  The pros. The cons.  Ahh!! My brave was about to be tested, for sure.  After having listed things out it came down to one non-negotiable.  I never wanted to look back in old age and regret missing out on time with my kids (I have yet to meet a parent who says the years with their kid(s) go by too slow).  I am grateful I have the opportunity to be SAHM and will be brave to know that it will all  work out for the best.