Mid-Week Balance: 17 April 2013

Hello all–and special thoughts of care and support for anyone reading this who was affected by the bombings in Boston this week.  As we continue to face challenging and traumatic events, I feel even more strongly about sharing good self-care resources.  That means this week’s round-up is large.  The first section focuses specifically on healthy responses in the face of tragedy, and the second section is about general self-care.

The natural beauty around me during spring is a special kind of self-care.
The natural beauty around me during spring is a special kind of self-care.

Coping with Tragedy

This is a post that I wrote after the shootings last December, focusing on how to manage self-care after a tragic or traumatic event.

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma.  She offers some recommendations for parents about talking with their children after trauma or tragedy.

Laura Schenk, MA offers suggestions for coping with the traumatic stress that many people may experience in the face of the Boston marathon bombing.

While this post from the Wildmind blog isn’t specifically about Monday’s tragedy, it does offer some good research and suggestions about coping with painful imagery in the media.

Self-Care Resources

From Dr. Elisha Goldstein comes this reminder that each small act and choice we make can have a positive impact.  This seems particularly important when events like the bombing this week make us feel helpless.

Another option that we have when we are faced with senseless violence is to respond by practicing lovingkindness.  Not sure what that is?  Well, Wildmind is doing a 100 Days of Lovingkindness practice, and you can learn more right here.

Events like the bombing in Boston can raise anxiety for many of us.  This is especially true if you already cope with anxiety on a regular basis.  Linda Esposito, LCSW offers twenty quick and concrete actions you can try to help reduce your anxiety.

Many of my clients talk about feeling stuck or frustrated when they are trying to take action.  This quick series of choices suggested by Leo Babauta may help you move out of those moments of procrastination.

Another issue that I often hear in the office is the struggle that many folks have with appropriate levels of social media consumption–particularly when they are dealing with self-esteem or relationship challenges.  I thought this post from Dr. Ashley Soloman would be a great resource.

That is it for me this week.  I hope that each of you is able to reach out, feel connected, and feel cared for.  As always, please feel free to share your favorite resource in the comments.


One thought on “Mid-Week Balance: 17 April 2013

  1. Self-care, compassion and coping skills are tools we need in the emotional well-being tool kit every day, but especially when faced with challenges on a larger scale that are unexpected, tragic and meaningless.

    Thank you for this wonderful list of resources, and for the mention, Ann.

    It’s lovely to visit your site and find mental health professionals I’m not aware of and support their good work.


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