Mom To Mom: The Importance Of Self Care

Health & Fitness
Monday, October 16, 2017 06:31 AM
Ellwood Thompsons
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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 06:31 AM

Women are more often than not the CEOs and managers of their family's health care needs-- from tuning in to physical and mental health symptoms that their children and partners are developing to making the doctors' appointments, consulting with practitioners, picking up prescriptions, and so much more.

Self-care is often last on the "to-do" list if it even appears at all. This talk will focus on how women can put their oxygen masks on first so that they themselves don't end up becoming patients with a long list of symptoms.That includes how to deal with a family member who obviously needs medical care but refuses to get it (especially mental health care), and how modeling positive health care and self-care habits is integral to the well being of the entire family.

ABOUT | Ashley Mannell, RD, NP, IFMCP

As the only dual-credentialed psychiatric nurse practitioner and registered dietitian in Virginia, who is also a certified practitioner of Functional Medicine (through the Institute of Functional Medicine), Ashley is uniquely qualified to provide a highly integrative and nutrition-centered treatment approach for people looking to achieve better mental health without relying solely on medications. She strongly believes that good physical, emotional, and mental health all starts with a healthy gut and that reducing inflammation in the body is key to improving physical and mental wellness.

Her goal with every patient is not just to treat their symptoms, but to work together with them to identify the underlying causes of the symptoms (which can vary from poor gut health, a taxed adrenal system, poor liver detoxification processes, low-level systemic inflammation, a history of trauma, etc). Treating only the symptoms of depression or other mood disorders is not a long-term solution and should no longer be the standard of care. A functional medicine approach to mental health and psychiatry is proactive, dynamic, collaborative, and integrative.

Check her out at http://richmondfoodandmood.com/