Vacation Time – A Time for Self-Care

Vacation time is a busy time for many people. It’s also a great time to practice self-care and be good to yourself. For those who only get two or three weeks vacation annually there is often much planning throughout the year in deciding where to go, how to get there, who to go with, and what to see and experience …

Difficult Conversations Offer Clarity & Healing

Challenging conversations can offer clarity and healing of relationships to those who pluck up their courage and engage. It isn’t always easy to have difficult dialogue with people we care about. Nor is it easy to have meaningful exchanges with difficult individuals. How often do you put off a talk that you know you need to have with someone, because …

Holding On to Past Trauma Is Unhealthy

It’s true. Holding on to past trauma is unhealthy for you, in every possible way; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and sexually. The words ‘holding on’ carry a clue. The clue is: you can learn how to let go of whatever it is that is holding you hostage to what happened to you in the past. You might want to read …

Who Encounters Trauma in Their Lifetime?

People want to know: who encounters trauma in their lifetime? The troubling answer is; pretty much everyone. The definitions of trauma, according to the Encarta Dictionary are: Emotional shock; an extremely distressing experience that causes severe emotional shock and may have long-lasting psychological effects; Bodily injury; a physical injury or wound to the body. Given these definitions, I propose that …

Trauma in Manchester – How Do You Process This Type of News

Trauma in Manchester, England. The horrifying news out of Manchester is traumatic, especially for first-responders and the families of all who were senselessly maimed and killed. These newscasts are always upsetting and frightening. They can leave many of us feeling helpless and/or angry. Retaliation is not the answer. In this 21st century of our existence, the general hope among civilized …

Enjoying Long Summer Weekends and Avoiding Trauma

Hey, before you head out the door for the first long summer weekend of this year, I’d like to share some things with you …about trauma …to keep you safe. Whether you are headed out on the road, going to the beach, or just hanging around town, there are some things you need to give some thought to, and be …

Let Go of What Is Causing You Harm

Letting go of the things that cause you harm can be difficult to do. But, if those things are causing you pain, the best thing you can do is learn how to let go of them. Some of the things that harm you are: old habits which no longer serve you well; thought patterns that hold you captive to unhealthy …

Self-love and Expanded Energy Can Heal Trauma

Continuing last week’s blog on self-love: expanded energy is what happens when you are transformed, and learn to heal from trauma by practicing how to love yourself. What exactly is ‘expanded energy’ you may ask? It’s your own natural energy force which takes on new vitality, and extends outward to positively influence those around you. It is changed energy. It’s …

Love Eases Many Forms of Pain

Love gently eases pain. Love can lessen many forms of pain; physical, emotional or mental. But one form of love in particular is the key: self-love. Self love. Are you familiar with what that means? Self-love is what seems to take human beings a long time to first, become aware of, and then to practice. As children you were likely …

Are You Able to Forget Your Past Trauma?

Over the years several well-meaning (I think!) people have heard my story of past trauma. Many suggested I should just forget the past. After all, it was a long time ago. Easy for them to say, and I’m not the only childhood trauma survivor who has heard this tactless admonition. And, who likes to be ‘should’ on? People who have …