Historically, I have paid much closer attention to my dreams than to my nightmares, I have discovered that, like my waking life, looking closely at the things that cause me fear and shame, has been very effective in helping me to understand areas of my self that require attention and have, surprisingly to me, greatly reduced their intensity and frequency.
In some dreams I've felt comforted by being able to see other aspects of myself and understand emotions that I’ve paid less attention to during the day.
I now know that putting my head back in the sand will never be possible and that decisions about opting in or out of various struggles will always be complicated.
...if you don't like your therapist, and/or you think your therapist doesn't like you, you are not likely to experience the changes your are hoping for.
The question, at this point in history, while working our way out of a time when grief has been so pathologized, might be, how do we know when there is a problem with grief?
Difficulties with sleep will occur for most people at some point in their life. There is no way to guarantee that you will never have a sleepless night, but there are some things that might help...
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.
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.
A first aid kit is not a cure. It it is not meant to resolve any relationship issues, social issues or life challenges, but it might give you some energy to carry on.
Listen closely and support your child’s emotions. There’s no wrong way to feel. Let them know that you are on their side.