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Mom to Mom: The Importance of Self Care and ‘Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First’

Moms: We’re here for you…
Women are more often than not the CEOs and managers of their family’s health care needs — from tuning in to physical & mental health symptoms from their children and partners to making 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.
In this one hour, we 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.
Ashley’s 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. Learn more about Ashley & her practice at

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I Took A Sick Day

I Took a Sick Day and We All Survived

We’ve all heard it :: “Moms don’t get sick days.” In fact, I think that we as moms have made that statement above one of the harshest realities of motherhood. We’ve learned to “just deal with it.” We’ve created memes mocking what we call man flu when our husbands fall ill. We’ve pretty much accepted the certitude […]

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Why This Mama Loves to Run

Why This Mama Loves to Run

I’m a runner. I can say that now. But if you would have told me ten years ago that I was going to complete my first half marathon at the ripe age of 38, I would have laughed—heartily. I’m not the athletic type! In spite of this, running has become a way for me to have […]

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I am not #fitmon

I am not #fitmom

Last fall, a few weeks after I found out I was pregnant, I logged on to Facebook and saw a post my friend had shared. It showed a lovely vista from a mountaintop and said something like, “What a beautiful eight-mile hike this morning! No excuses! #fitfirsttrimester #fitpregnancy #fitmom.” That elicited a pretty dramatic eye roll […]

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Be Kind to Your Heart

If you read any women’s magazines, you know that February is heart month and February 3rd is Go Red Day. Because heart disease and stroke contribute to one in three deaths among women each year, this is a great time to assess how you can be kind to your heart. But please DON’T think I’m going to […]

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