Self Care Articles

Self Care Articles for Grieving

Grieving and loss are universally emotionally intense experiences and at times can feel ultimately overwhelming.  For those struggling to recover, the Center has developed many ways to help.  For example, our website is a public service and has many resources for your use.  Feel free to peruse these self care articles for grieving and loss.  Remember that your healing path is unique to your own values and needs.  Therefore, not all the suggestions will resonate with you.  Simply take what fits for you and set aside the rest.  In addition, be mindful that your own solutions to deeper emotional issues may take time, reflection, and engaging in dialogue with a professional who brings skillful listening and empathic attunement to your personal recovery and healing path.

Recovering a Future Vision

Recovering a Future Vision

As Covid-19 and our country's political crisis continue to rage on, it becomes increasingly difficult to cope with and manage our fears and anxieties. We are enduring so many losses. In fact, there's a kind of hazy, threatening cloud of grief hanging over everything....

Grief and Coronavirus

Grief and Coronavirus

Despite the anguish of grief, under normal social circumstances most people move through its demands well enough. We are resilient despite our losses and the upheaval they generate. However, things are different now under Covid-19 conditions. Usually friends can...

Feeling Helpless

Feeling Helpless

I can’t say I love feeling helpless. The underlying fear keeps haunting me, its tendrils reaching into my thoughts, pointing me darker, deeper. I can say I love myself when I’m feeling helpless – or more specifically, I’ve learned to let myself receive what I need....

October

October

October We harvest the memories planted in the spring And grown in the summer sun. We remember harvests past And in the crisp night air Luminous with October moon And the stars in the clear autumn sky We bundle them like cornstalks Silhouetted against the western...

Introduction to Experiential Methods

Introduction to Experiential Methods

Experiential Methods of Grief Therapy Many of us have gotten out of touch with our physical selves.  We have become so good at intellectualizing and live so totally in our thoughts that our emotional life suffers, becoming constricted and narrow.  We find life losing...

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking Care of Yourself

In order to stay as balanced as possible when grief evokes intense and variable emotional states, we must attend to body, mind and spirit. Use gentle, peaceful means, and be patient with your self and your process to recover from a loss. Taking care of yourself when...

Depression Boot Camp

Depression Boot Camp

Tips For Combating Grief - Depression Boot Camp Be up and dressed by 6:30 every a.m. Take a 30 min walk. Eat at least 3x per day or 5 smaller meals with a little protein in each—especially in the morning. Keeping blood sugar in check is very important. Avoid sugar and...

September: A Time for Contradictions

September: A Time for Contradictions

August and September are poignant times for most of us. The days get shorter and signal the end of summer. Evenings begin to cool off ,letting us know that winter approaches. The end of the summer growing season is at hand, and yet we are expected to begin anew. Yet...

Pain Bonds Us

Pain Bonds Us

I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away. So often I didn’t even know it was there, not until I feel myself softening, my heart opening to you. In such a sacred moment, I feel a resonance with you in the vulnerable...

Managing New Beginnings

Managing New Beginnings

1. Let whatever emotional pain you are experiencing come into your awareness. What are your hopes and fears about the future? List them. What memories come from the past? Painful memories tend to lose their power when they are published. Secrets become more and more...

Invitations to Vitality: Aging Well List

Invitations to Vitality: Aging Well List

The purpose of this aging well list is to spur your own reflections. Notice if there is something here that flirts with your attention. The following items are suggestions. You might find that some of them require a good deal of thought and effort, while others may be...

Does Time Heal All Wounds?

Does Time Heal All Wounds?

Occasionally, I am asked by students of the helping professions certain compelling questions. Recently, one such set of questions came across through the Center’s website, regarding the phrase "Time heals all wounds". After responding, I decided to post my answers. If...