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Do you love where you live? We are longtime residents of Evanston and feel at home here. The community is diverse, inclusive and accepting. Three of the biggest reasons we like living in Evanston are the lakefront, the cultural offerings and the food! Let’s take a deep dive into each one.
In the days and first few months following your child's birth, how are you feeling? You might be like 13% of new American mothers. You are overwhelmed by mood swings that lead to excessive crying, you don’t have a desire to hold or cuddle your baby, and you’ve lost all joy and pleasure in the activities you used to love. If you are experiencing these and other symptoms, you may be depressed. Read more to find out how to manage this difficult season in your life as a new mom.
If you’re a student, no one needs to tell you that college life (the rat race for grades, standing out at a competitive university, etc.) is stressful and causes a ton of anxiety. But, anxiety doesn’t have to rule your college years. You can learn to cope with it to feel better, enjoy this time and make it some of your most fun years. Our Evanston therapists are here to help you identify if you’re feeling anxiety and how to successfully manage the symptoms.
You know you were made for motherhood, but it seems that your body doesn’t agree. You and your partner have done all of the things trying to conceive…having sex more often, especially near ovulation, maintaining a healthy weight, cutting out caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. Our Evanston therapists grieve with you and hold space for the hole in your heart. We want to help you cope with the anxiety on your infertility journey.
The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Spending money to purchase gifts, choosing the right thing for the people in your life, preparing the meals, attending parties, hosting people in your home, overeating, managing family dynamics, and boundaries… One big, anxiety hot mess! What if you could lessen the stress and get to the other side of the end-of-the-year festivities in one healthy piece? You can!
You might be like many other pregnant women. Somewhere in the course of your pregnancy, you no longer feel like getting out of bed. Nothing seems to console you and you can’t stop crying. You spend your days going from your bed to your couch. The television blares constantly and barely dampens the sadness you feel. You have had a few suicidal thoughts, but you feel like you would never act on them. You’ve been thinking maybe you should see someone who does counseling for moms.
Have you ever been surprised at how a walk in the park, digging in your garden or a hike along the lakefront has lifted your mood?
It’s simple: nature heals, soothes and restores us. Nature can lessen our anxiety and improve our well-being. If you don’t have time or can’t get outside, even seeing pictures of nature can have a similar effect.
So, the next time that frustrating situation hits you and you feel the anxiety creeping in, lace up your walking shoes and head outside.
This is where can you go in the Chicago/Evanston area to boost your mood and reduce your anxiety!