Mid-Week Balance: 6 March 2013

Hi all–it’s so nice to be back with you regularly!  I missed this during the craziness of February.  And you’ll be able to tell that I missed it, because I have a super-sized collection of posts for you this week.  Several posts are about tools for self-care and coping, and the last few are about facing life’s challenges.  The quote that accompanies this post is one that I shared last week on Facebook.  It is a powerful declaration of the value of self-care.

 

Self-Care Tools

I have shared tons of resources about meditation, and several of the early posts from Wildmind’s 100 day meditation challenge.  I love this post from day 65, which offers some concrete tools and suggestions for coping with intrusive thoughts during meditation.

Another essential aspect of self-care is building good support networks.  Pam Slim offers some thoughts about both the kinds of people we need in our lives and how to find them.

Whether you are coping with chemobrain, excessive stress, or just daily life, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.  I so appreciate the simplicity and focus of this strategy offered by Phillipa of the Feisty Blue Gecko blog.

Resilience is the word that we shrinky types like to use to describe how well people cope with challenges.  Dr. Pauline Wallin does a nice job of outlining resilience and some simple steps to help you build resilience.

Facing Life’s Challenges

More and more in the past few weeks, I have been trying to be sure to share posts that represent various patient perspectives and experiences.  This powerful post from Samantha explores the inner emotional experience of someone struggling with weight and body image.

Guest writer Caroline shares her family’s experience with the power of hope after her father-in-law’s cancer diagnosis.  Make sure you check out the comments, because Susan responded with a very different but equally moving story.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I am a yoga junkie.  This post from Lori does a great job of illustrating one of the many reasons I love yoga–with the right guidance, it can be a powerful tool to connect with emotional pain that your body is holding.

That’s it for me this week (actually, there is so much more, but I had to cut this off so you wouldn’t get overwhelmed).  I’ll be back next Wednesday with even more great stuff.  As always, feel free to share your favorite resources in the comments.

Comments

  1. Lori Lavender Luz says

    Wow…I came here to see what you’re up to and am pleasantly surprised to see that you mentioned my post. THANK YOU. It was a powerful experience.

    Thanks also for the resources here, especially the one on resilience. As my kids move firmly into tweenhood, I think that’s a super-timely quality to focus on.

    Thanks for your kind comment, Ann.

    • DrAnnMBeckerSchutte says

      Lori,

      I always enjoy your writing, and that post was one that I felt I absolutely had to share! I am so glad that you had that experience of healing. I’m thrilled that you found the rest of the resources helpful. I want this weekly collection to be a good source of great information.

      Best of luck with the kiddos–it sure seems like each stage has its unique joys and challenges.

      Warmly,
      Ann

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