“It is what it is. Isn’t that how these things always go? They are what they are. We just get to cope.” — Mira Grant, Feed Okay, give me a minute. Today I want to get up on my soap box and say “Yay!” to overcoming all adversity, finding the perfect life, and always knowing […]
Problem-busting: just talk to the problem
Problem-solving worksheet This is a 2-page cartoon-ridden worksheet that helps the reader explore a new way to approach a problem, by talking to the darned thing! Grab a pen, start where it says “START HERE,” and follow the arrows. (Word document format) This isn’t madness. For anyone who’s curious, the formal background supporting this […]
When emotions are too scary and thoughts too sharp
It’s deeply personal. Maybe it’s a recent diagnosis, something chronic and unescapable? The doctors say you have a year or less, and that’s that. There’s nothing else they can do. It’s a dead-end situation. No amount of problem-solving will fix this one. Or perhaps you crashed your car and don’t have the money to fix […]
Here’s How to Build Self-Esteem
Maybe it happened suddenly. Life hit you hard, a sucker punch you hadn’t seen coming. Maybe it was slow, seeping into your identity while you were distracted. All you know is somewhere along the line you stopped believing in yourself. Now you can’t do anything right, it’s all inner criticism criticism criticism, and finding your […]
PTSD: Conquering Nightmares
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggle with nightmares. The dreams can be so terrifying they’re often afraid to sleep. If this sounds familiar, here are seven nightmare-busting methods to help you conquer bad dreams.
6 Powerful Ways to Get Past PTSD Triggers
When this happens, when the past is so painful it’s intolerable and the future is so scary you’re not ready to go there, focus on the NOW.
Freud: what’s the defense mechanism of the day?
In the language of Freud, defense mechanisms are the unconscious things we do to deal with difficult emotion or stress. They are kind of like absent-minded coping skills, and we all use them. They’re natural and normal. They help us deal with life struggles. But, just like coping skills, defense mechanisms come in different flavors. […]
What do I do with all this anger?
“Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” — Ambrose Bierce Maybe your anger is a little out of control? Or maybe it’s big-time explosive and desperately needs reigning in? Or is it just that people around you are hinting you need anger management classes? No matter […]