Exploring Self-Care

Check the items on the list that you are currently doing, or will be doing as part of self-care: ExerciseNutritionProper sleepGood hygieneChores around the houseTaking meds as prescribedKeeping medical appointmentsSocializing (with friends or making new connections)Keeping sharp (puzzles, games)Positive self-talkFinding a purposeAllowing time for funTreat myself wellMindfulness/meditationHobbiesThe arts (expression and galleries)Keep strongBe kind to myselfBe... Continue Reading →

Visual Journaling

Sometimes words don't properly convey what we are feeling, and what is going on in our heads. Words just don't seem to fit or work. Sometimes a colour or image works better. Enter visual journaling. If you can, get a sketchbook for your visual journaling. Focus on the current experience of self and the environment... Continue Reading →

Cupping Your Eyes

Cup your hands over your eyes, enough so that you cannot see any light. Close your eyes and feel the darkness for a few breaths.While your hands are still cupped over your eyes, open your eyes slowly. This may feel very peaceful. Imagine that you are in deep shade, in the middle of a forest.... Continue Reading →

The Brain Has One Job

Considering all of the things that a brain is capable of, how complex our minds are, it's hard to believe that when all is said and done, when everything else has been stripped away, the brain only has one job, and that is to survive. With all of our fanciful thinking, complex problem-solving, and monumentally... Continue Reading →

The Trauma Experience

Keeping on with the theme of my last post and the brain's one job, I wanted to talk a little about how the brain does its job, and why sometimes it feels like maybe it isn't doing its job. As I explained in the previous post, about the break down of the prefrontal cortex, the... Continue Reading →

The Autonomic System

For those of us struggling with anxiety, particularly when we have struggled for years, and it has brought us to the point of feeling paralyzed, our autonomic system has been taxed to its limits. It's also known as our sympathetic system and parasympathetic system, OR dorsal vagal activation and ventral vagal activation OR fight-flight-freeze-fawn. For... Continue Reading →

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