Conscious Parenting with Psychedelics

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July 11, 2023

Emily Dorrien Flynn

Emily Dorrien Flynn
Emily is the Director of Client Success and Health Coaching at Nue Life
7 MIN READ

Introduction

I can’t say that I ever expected to be writing a blog post about psychedelics for parents, but after the transformations I’ve personally experienced & witnessed in thousands of clients- I feel it’s an important message that must be shared.

As a Health Coach, Leader, Entrepreneur, devoted wife, and mom to a very strong-willed six year old, I know that finding inner peace amongst the chatter, distractions and demands can often feel impossible.

My journey into parenthood also came with loss, deep grief, loneliness & disconnection.  

And like many of us, I accepted physical and mental depletion as “normal” and continued to run myself into the ground.  For years I operated from a low functioning, push-through mentality, convincing myself that I would address my health and find some balance when I had the time, which of course never came.

What I didn’t realize then was that by ‘waiting’ for my circumstances to change, I was missing out on the things that mattered most– and so much of my energy and attention was spent not feeling well.  

Not only did this have a negative impact on my mental and physical health, but it affected my daughter, my relationship with my spouse, how effective I was in the work I do – and worst of all, I know I’m not alone.  So many of my clients and friends experience similar struggles.

Pushing through and silently suffering doesn’t get us a badge of honor.

In fact, it’s a recipe for fatigue, frustration, anxiousness, low confidence and burn out.

Making the decision to get genuine support was a game-changer for me, and psychedelics played a crucial role in helping me show up as a better parent, the parent I actually wanted to be.


I know it might sound controversial and surprising to some but there is substantial clinical evidence that proves psychedelics can be a  powerful tool in healing and improving overall quality of life for patients.  I’ll dive deeper in a bit…

Parenting is more difficult than ever…

A few years ago I read a quote that really stuck with me, and I feel encapsulates how it feels to be a parent in this modern world:  It goes something like this: “we’re expected to work like we don’t have children and raise children as if we don’t work”.

I think most Parents can agree that caring for a child, or children, and their many needs can be both physically and emotionally exhausting.  No matter where you are in your Parenting journey, the everyday stresses, compounded with the constant distractions at our fingertips, leaves very little energy and time.  We often find ourselves stressed, distracted & overwhelmed, yet we’re craving more quality time with our kids, partner or loved ones.

A close friend of mine recently confided in me, sharing how disconnected he felt with his partner since becoming a parent.  He couldn’t recall the last time they went out on a real date, or even spent quality time together.

Many of the clients I have been blessed to help  support share this same sentiment.  I know this has become “normal”, but let’s be honest – there’s something very wrong with this picture.

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Psychedelic Medicine

In my experience the part that keeps most parents stuck in a cycle they don’t want to be in, is often not knowing where to begin.  Or in many cases, having tried ‘all the things’ but nothing seems to work or stick.

This can be discouraging and certainly doesn’t help those who are already struggling with conditions such as depression or anxiety.

After personally experiencing a pregnancy loss, and going through the triggering medical intervention that followed – I became a shell of myself.  My daughter knew something was off and simply wanted to spend time with me, but the truth is  I struggled to get through each day.  I’ve had experience with traditional SSRI’s and benzodiazepines in the past, and knew I didn’t want to go that route again.  For me, it only numbed the discomfort and often led to many other side effects.  What I needed was a catalyst to lasting, positive change and that’s what Ketamine Therapy opened up for me.  In the process of regaining control of my mental health, I was also able to show my daughter what it looks like to fall, and never give up.

Psychedelic Medicine can give us the awareness we need to be better parents.  I personally view Ketamine as an ‘expansive medicine’, often allowing the patient space to access creative opportunities with more ease, to shift the perspective on challenging situations, feel more inspired and to get clarity on what really deserves their attention and energy.

Many patients I’ve had the opportunity to support through Health Coaching have reported feeling more inspired, patient, present and emotionally available for their children, partners and in many other areas of their lives.

Nue Life understands the value of approaching healing and positive change holistically.  Which is why we are the only at-home Ketamine Company that offers the unique support of Health Coaching in every Program.

In fact one of our Health Coaching Clients felt inspired to share the impact that I feel really captures what we hope to provide every person who goes through our Program:  “Ketamine kicks open the door. The Health Coaches teach you how to walk through and conquer what’s on the other side”

We have helped nearly 10,000 people address their adversities and work through conditions such as depression and anxiety so they can show up, present and engaged in their lives.  Having seen genuine, lasting transformation, my goal is  to give a sense of hope where it may not have existed before.  Our dedicated team at Nue Life is honored to be a part of this journey as we work collaboratively to build a healthier, happier future.

Here are some testimonials…

“I am writing a review as a loved one/sitter for my girlfriend who is going through Nue Life’s program. I have noticed many positive changes with her overall wellbeing including better quality sleep and less anxiety about the future and things out of her control. The biggest impact is with her nightmares, which she has had since being a child. Since starting her Ketamine journey she has not had a single nightmare! I would recommend anybody who qualifies to choose Nue Life.”

– Jason. P.

“I have done a number of different psychedelic therapy modalities, but Nue Life is definitely the provider that I got the most support from. Their app makes the whole process feel seamless and delightful, and they get back to me super quick whenever I have a question.

I can join digital group sessions every day (which I can’t stress enough how important they have been for me) without any issues, and I have done a few one-on-one coaching sessions, which has really helped me to make much needed lifestyle changes.

Lastly, I think it is really cool that they don’t focus solely on the medicine aspects, but on my whole self. I have been wearing a Whoop device for 2 years and every day my sleep and exercise data gets pulled into my Nue Score and makes it easy to stay focused on what I need to do throughout the day to ensure that I focus on my healing. And when I need some alone time, I play one of their music stations and it really let’s me disconnect for a bit (and it also counts towards my Nue Score meditation goals ;)). I love the “Powerful Sounds of India” one.

I have recommended it to many friends and family and the results have been incredible as well.”

Anonymous Patient

Conclusion

As parents, we all have one thing in common; the desire to do our best to raise our children in the best way we can. I encourage you to take the time to familiarize yourself with psychedelic-assisted therapies so that you can make an informed decision about whether they may be appropriate for you.

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