The first thing we tend to do when feeling ill or in pain is turn to the things that used to help us to feel better. If these no longer work or have become impossible, despair can set in
The winter blues, the slump. Motivation is low, energy is low, mood is low.
There is a way through. Grief can be approached gently, from the side. It doesn't have to be challenged head on.
Now, I want to go for a walk! I want to do the next item on my list. I can't wait to see what I will discover on my next walk in my own neighbourhood.
Lise Brown, a Winnipeg based Adventure therapist, talks about our fear of the outside; kids with knives, forest bathing; risky behaviour vs rope climbing; and knowing your limits.
For those of us paying attention, to world issues and local issues, it feels like a good time to panic. For those who have spent significant amounts of time and energy working to prevent some of these things, daily media updates are disheartening at best, devastating at worst.
Suicide impacts all of us and speaks about who we are as a society. We can all work towards healing our society.
When you feel the need to withdraw, when you feel pain, restlessness, irritation, sadness or discomfort consider what it is that you actually need to care for.
While PTSD is becoming more recognized and treated, within the military, men experience trauma in a variety of other contexts.
Check out my Recommended Reading list, so far. What have you been reading on these topics or related to them?