The Dalai Lama, Andrew Solomon’s TED Talk on Depression and Baby Sleep Routines That Really Work (#1 )

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Great Advice We Heard

If our mind is not peaceful and tamed, no matter how marvelous the external circumstances are, we will be burdened by frights, hopes, and fears. With a tamed mind, we will enjoy wealth or poverty, health or sickness; we can even die happily. With a tamed mind, having many friends is wonderful, but if we have no friends, it is all right, too. The root of our own happiness and welfare rests with a peaceful and tamed mind. (Source: Dalai Lama)

What We Watched

We stumbled upon writer Andrew Solomon’s TED Talk about “Depression, the Secrets We Share”, a memoir of his experiences with depression. Wow! What a raw, relatable description of what it can feel like to live with depression. Absolutely worth a few minutes of your time to watch it. 

Article We’re Reading

Whenever we hear of someone who just had a baby, we share our original article on “Baby Sleep Routines That Really Work.” With tips sourced from across the web including leading baby sleep consultants, this article provides a list of helpful tips you may not have heard of. The tips, which range from gentle to more structured approaches to your baby’s routine, reminds us that there is never a ‘one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to the needs of your family. Here is an excerpt:

“Find ways to differentiate day from night. Daytime is when we play- its light out, its noisier. Nighttime is when its cooler, quieter, darker. Even when your baby is sleeping every two hours, pick a designated bedtime and treat that time a little differently with a bath, lotion, lullaby routine, etc.

Sleep in six hour shifts with your partner. Have a spare bed or air mattress in the baby’s room- whoever is on duty, sleeps there. The other partner gets an uninterrupted 6 hours of sleep in the regular bedroom. Trade off after 6 hours so you both get a big chunk of sleep. Figure it out based on who is a night owl, who likes waking up early, etc.”  
(Read the full article here.)

Helper of the Week

Fuzzy Socks Therapy, LLC helps neurodivergent and neurotypical kids (ages 10+) and adults with anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and understanding their neurodivergence.
“I truly believe there is no “one size fits all” approach for anything that actually works (even elastic socks come in different sizes!) and everyone should have the right to access the health care and education that is the right fit for them.”
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  • Works with children and adolescents directly, or adults.

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Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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