Tag: mental health

Imposter Syndrome Impacts My Work and My Parenting

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I am an engineer with spacecraft in orbit and on Mars, and am a parent to two wonderful kids.  I have designed some really crazy stuff as an engineer, and still spend a lot of time doing activities with my kids.  So, why then do I feel like a failure at work and at home?  Shouldn’t I be proud of all that I’ve done? I have Impostor Syndrome, a feeling of persistent incompetence and fear of being found out as a fraud.  It makes you feel like you don’t deserve your role, in spite of being highly qualified and prepared for what you do.  All of this is a cognitive misperception, but feels very real.  I experience Impostor Syndrome as both a parent and as an engineer.

How Do I Talk to My Child About My Mental Health?

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My daughter lined up her stuffies on the table at IHOP: a small plush leopard, a black panther, and a tiger. She then drew...

What I Wish I Knew About Living with Gestational Diabetes

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At the beginning of my third trimester, I failed the glucose tolerance test. Every pregnant person takes it and the grade is either pass...

Vermont Ice Baths: The Cold that Refreshes My Soul

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Girl, you are crazy! That is the reaction I get when a friend or family member learns about my new hobby. “You seriously go into...

How I Am Combatting the Stress-Shame Cycle in My Marriage

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There’s no use crying over spilled milk. Those seven words have been a life’s goal of mine. I have tried my hardest to not let...

What I Want My Children to Learn from Simone Biles

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By now we’ve all read about, watched, and reflected on Simone Biles’ decision to drop out of the women’s gymnastics team competition in Tokyo...

A Social Media Vacation: Why I Probably Won’t Be Going Back

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My family had been practicing social or physical distancing for two months. My hobby of performing stand up comedy had come to a screeching...

Postnatal Depression: I Still Get Triggered Seven Years Later

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I have two children ages five and seven and a half. So, why am I reacting to the sound of a random stranger’s baby...

School Drop Off: Why Does it Feel Like I’m Back...

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I suppose it was stupid of me to think that all of the self-doubt I felt would end the minute I walked across that...

Will My Social Anxiety Affect My Kids’ Ability to Socialize Later...

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There’s a huge pressure in my chest, my hands are getting sweaty, and my mind is spinning. It might sound like I’m about to...

I’m an Emotional Doormat, but that Doesn’t Mean My Kids Need...

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I am an emotional doormat and the worst part of it is, I’m struggling not to hand this obvious bad habit down to my...

Planning to the Extreme: How Hyper-Organization is Driving me Insane

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I know some people (myself included) are in the school of thought that too much planning is never a bad thing. “Measure twice, cut...

How Meditation Changed my Life: the Journey to Mindfulness

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The first time I had a panic attack I thought I was dying. I don’t mean that dramatically; I actually thought it was the...

Making the Case for Talk Therapy and Tips on How to...

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I have been going to talk therapy on and off for almost 20 years, and I have never understood the stigma that is associated...