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Self-nurture : learning to care for yourself as effectively as you care for everyone else
Domar, Alice D.
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New York : Viking, 2000.
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xi, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Today's women have been trained in the art of juggling, which has them constantly balancing the roles of caregiver, breadwinner, and nurturer. They are taught to care for everyone but themselves. Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., has shown that women who nurture themselves lead healthier, more joyous, and ultimately more meaningful lives. Self-Nurture is the secret to surviving in a world of stressful demands.

Seasoned by her role as mother, psychologist, sister, wife, daughter, and friend -- and by her years of clinical practice with women -- Dr. Domar shows readers how to nurture themselves in their own multiple roles and relationships including:
-- The "relationship quadrant" -- a tool for resolving problems in your closest relationships
-- Strategies for transforming negative thoughts about your work and career to positive ones
-- Creative ideas for guilt-free time for yourself

Readers of Sarah Ban Breathnach, Joan Borysenko, and Christiane Northrup will find Self-nurture a down-to-earth, exploratory map to learning the art of caring for oneself.

Author Notes

Alice D. Domar is the founder and director of the Mind/Body Program for Infertility. She is also assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Mind/Body Center for Women's Health, Mind/Body Medical Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Distinguished from other books on managing women's particular stresses by Domar's expert credentials and the respect, collegiality and purpose with which she addresses her audience, this book persuasively argues that all women should commit as much effort to their own creative, emotional and spiritual self-care as they do to the needs of others. At a Harvard fertility clinic, psychologist Ph.D. Domar introduced a variety of stress management techniques to women whose high-tech fertilization procedures were not working. The high pregnancy rates that followed were widely covered by the media. As a result, Harvard funded a Mind/Body Center for Women's Health at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, directed by Domar, to explore the effects of stress on women's illnesses. Well versed in the literature and research of mind-body practices, Domar (Healing Mind, Healthy Woman) synthesizes popular and effective stress-reduction techniquesÄincluding Benson's Relaxation Response, breathing work, muscle relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and yogaÄand recommends their specific application. She draws from the work of Maggie Scarf, Julia Cameron and Thomas Moore, as well as from her practice and her own life, to illustrate their effects. Contemporary but by no means faddish, the book encourages keeping a journal and using affirmations, nurturing one's body, and performing acts of kindness. Moreover, it effectively demonstrates the need and value of these practices in women's lives. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In her work as director of the Mind/Body Center for Women's Health, Harvard Medical School, Domar (Healing Mind, Healthy Woman) observes that while women are adept at juggling care-giving roles, many have not learned to care for themselves. Drawing on her experience leading workshops for women of various ages and backgrounds, Domar introduces a program of self-nurture based on various techniques designed to improve physical and mental health. Each chapter discusses an area of tension in a woman's life and gives exercises for sustenance and stress reduction. Topics range from family relationships, friendships, and physical health to creativity, emotional expression, and spirituality. Easy-to-follow techniques include meditation, guided imagery, relaxation, cognitive restructuring, and journal writing. Recommended for popular psychology, self-help, and women's health collections.--Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.