Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC

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New Year...New You?

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Jan 7, 2019 10:04:11 AM

January 2: The gym is so crowded you need to stand in line for half an hour or more to use your cardio machine of choice, or heck, any cardio machine. January 5: You head to the grocery store and it is as if no fruits, vegetables, or protein supplements were ever stocked on their shelves. Fast forward to February 15: The gym has returned to the usual suspects and you can finally buy bananas again!

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Topics: Young Adult Mental Health, Mom Stress, Self Care, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, Mental Health

Holiday Survival Mom Style

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Dec 14, 2018 2:06:07 PM

Hello my fellow moms! Tis the season. As if being the parent of a small child(ren) was not already trying enough on a daily basis, here come the holidays. Holidays mean out of town relatives who try your nerves, events to plan, gatherings to attend, gifts to buy, gifts to wrap, trips to pack and plan for, interruptions to baby’s sleep routine/nap routine/eating routine…just toss routine out the window. As the holiday gauntlet approaches, how are you keeping your sanity?

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Topics: Mom Stress, Self Care, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Child Mental Health

Holiday Stress and Anxiety

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Dec 4, 2018 9:39:07 AM

“I stress about stress before there is even stress to stress about.”

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Topics: Young Adult Mental Health, Mom Stress, Mindfulness, Anxiety in Women, Anxiety in Men, Self Care, Child Mental Health

Suicide Awareness

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Nov 19, 2018 11:01:00 AM

Chester Bennington. Anthony Bourdain. Chris Cornell. Aaron Hernandez. Nicholas Hughes. Jiah Khan. Andrew Koenig. Mindy McCready. Alexander McQueen. Megan Meier. Dave Mirra. Jeret Peterson. Phoebe Prince. David Reimer. L’Wren Scott. Kate Spade. Mark Speight. Amanda Todd. Robin Williams. Lee Thompson Young. Bill Zeller.

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Topics: Mental Health

Mom Guilt, Part 2

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Nov 17, 2018 10:34:58 AM

You find out you are pregnant. A plethora of emotions washes over you as you receive this news. You spend (approximately) 40 weeks incubating this tiny, new person. You give birth. You spend X number of weeks/months postpartum at home with baby. You spend time. You bond. You face hormonal and emotional upheaval unlike any other. Then…maternity leave ends. You go back to work. Why? Because you are a working mom now.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Self Care

Mom Guilt

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Oct 25, 2018 7:55:00 AM

Let’s talk mom guilt. Who’s felt it? Come on, I’m raising my hand, too.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women

Let’s talk about INTIMACY…

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Oct 9, 2018 11:08:27 AM

Okay, so now that I have your attention, I’d like to talk about relationships. Specifically, I’d like to speak to the mothers who are reading this, but these ideas apply to all the amazing fathers reading as well as anyone in a relationship regardless of if you have kids or not.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Relationship Struggles, Self Care, Anxiety in Men

Mommy Aftermath

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Sep 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM

I have a special place in my heart for moms. There are so many reasons for this. But chief among them is that I am a mom myself and I get what a hard job it is. We spend approximately 40 weeks (some more, some less) bonding with a tiny human as we nurture and grow literally together. We put our entire self into that process, then we give birth. But it definitely does not end there. Not on any level. Pregnancy comes with a myriad of emotions, hormones, and new experiences…no matter how many times you’ve done it. I’ll be the first to say, that being pregnant with my second baby was a different (even though you know SOME of what to expect the second time around) experience than with my first. Just like each person is different, I feel so is each pregnancy.

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Topics: Mom Stress, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health, Relationship Struggles, Self Care

Adults Manage Transitions Differently

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Aug 27, 2018 2:32:00 PM

Let’s talk about transitions for adults. As adults, I feel we often overlook ‘transitional moments’ thinking perhaps that we outgrew that phrase with the sunset on our childhood. However, if you think about it, adulthood lasts for the overwhelming percentage of the lifetime of the average American, so it stands to reason that we encounter as many, if not more, transitional moments in adulthood. Need examples? Happy to….

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Topics: Mom Stress, Self Care, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health

Quick Tips for Teachers/Parents of Kids Who Don't Do Transitions

Posted by Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC on Aug 21, 2018 12:39:54 PM

School has started. The hallways are full, the parking line is endless, and homework time just got real again. Most parents have gone into a school at some point and seen the child crying because someone wouldn’t play with her or the child laid out in the hallway because he did not want to go back to class after art, recess, or lunch. But what if you ARE that child or the TEACHER (or parent) of that child? How do you help? What do you do when throwing the child over your shoulder or dragging them by the feet isn’t really best practice?

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Topics: Child Mental Health, Mom Stress, Relationship Struggles, Anxiety in Women, Mental Health

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