"If I can muster the courage to feel, I can develop the wisdom to heal." - Chani Nicholas
(This is part two of a four-part series on stress.)
How are you doing with last week’s challenge? We hope you tried some of our stress-busters as you prepare to be ghostbusters today.
In October, we celebrate Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, and Domestic Violence Awareness month. Last week, we asked you to consider your sources of stress. Today, we give voice to the stress of grief and crisis. The holidays are reminders of trauma and bereavement for many. What, if anything, helps you to hold the stress of loss?
There are many kinds of loss. Loss of relationship through death or divorce. Loss of functioning due to illness. Loss of a sense of safety after exposure to violence. Because loss is multifaceted, we grieve as individually as we heal.
Each holiday season, we travel from grief to gratitude. Modeh ani is a prayer that observant Jews say daily upon awakening. Roughly translated, it means, “I give thanks.” It acts as a reminder that we are lucky to be here, even when it is scary, stressful, and hard.
This holiday season, remember to be tender with your pain, and your fear. Allow yourself to feel thanks, and to give thanks. As you celebrate this Halloween, gently give yourself space for reflection and many thoughts of gratitude.
Christen Mullane, Ph.D.
Therapeutic interventions for grief and trauma encourage strengthening supportive relationships. We challenge you to connect this week. If you are safely partnered, plan quality time together. If you can, hug someone! research shows hugs can help reduce stress. Connect with your kids, nature, or both. Have fun!Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
What are we reading? Glad you asked! This week’s MO recommendation is:
By Dr. Oliver Sacks
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