Building Support

Having a support team can make a huge difference when struggling with crisis or distress, whether it's in addition to mental illness or not. Healing from trauma takes a lot of work and effort. And going through it alone can make it even tougher. There will be a lot that you will have to do... Continue Reading →

Your Warning Signs

Try to identify the particular warning signs that you need to look out for. Keep this list handy, and it can also be useful to share it with someone you trust. This list will help protect you by keeping you (and your loved ones) aware of potential problems, so if you do start having difficulties,... Continue Reading →

Creating a Coping Kit

If you are a person who struggles with anxiety, overwhelming thoughts, and overwhelming emotions, and panic attacks, then you probably know there are many times when it feels like the mind has gone bye-bye and has taken logical, helpful thinking with it. In moments of distress, regardless of what triggered them, it can feel like... Continue Reading →

Grounding Tips

Coping with anxiety is hard. My mind goes right offline and all I can feel is tension and fear. My thoughts start racing and when it gets high, it feels like I am about to die. It is only a matter of when, not if. I have had anxiety for many, many years, and it... Continue Reading →

The Window of Tolerance

For those that may not be familiar with the “Window of Tolerance”, it is basically a frame for knowing what state of arousal you might currently be in. The hope (and goal) is that knowing what state you are in, you can then try to manage or cope with any skills, tips, techniques or tools... Continue Reading →

How Can You Cope?

Pick the skills you want to try or use and create cards for them or put them in your phone for quick reference. A couple of tips, some of these are for right away coping, and some might be more effective for when your arousal level is not as high. Some can be done in... Continue Reading →

Learning Coping Skills

So here is the 411 on the “Coping Skills” of my self-made program. I have read a few dozen books on trauma, some specific to meditation, some specific to art therapy, some specific to narrative therapy and some specific to somatic therapy. (I will be posting the list of books I used). Almost all of... Continue Reading →

A Program for Me, By Me

As of this month, I have been on a healing journey for three years now. I didn’t know it was going to become a healing journey when I first started. I fully expected, and hoped, that maybe, finally, I would be able to function. That was it. I just wanted to be able to function... Continue Reading →

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