Identifying Numbing Behaviors vs. Nurturing Behavior - Part 2

Part 2: Cultivating Nurturing Behavior Previously in part 1, we explored the numbing behaviors that we commonly use and acknowledged they often don't support help us identify and meet our self-care needs, rather they helps us not feel. Nurturing behavior and self-care strategies are behaviors that serve our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well being. They provide short-term and long-term support in meeting our needs. They honor our highest good and they evolve and change over time. To help you identify nurturing behaviors that work for you, consider listing the self-care behaviors you already utilize or would like to utilize as they related nurturing your mind, body, and spirit. E

Identifying Numbing Behaviors vs. Nurturing Behavior - Part 1

Part 1 - Understanding and Identifying Numbing Behavior “We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”― Brené Brown An important part of exploring and better understanding how to adopt mindful self-care practices into our everyday lives is to distinguish the difference between numbing behavior and coping strategies from nurturing behavior and self-care strategies. Numbing behavior and coping strategies are behaviors we use to relieve a sense of pain or discomfort. We often reach for them because they work quickly and often only work for the short-term. We often opt for numbing behavior and coping strategies because they are often

Coping with Suicidal Ideation

If you are wrestling with suicidal thoughts or feeling overwhelmed by hopelessness and pain, I am glad you are here reading this. I’m not here to tell you to just “choose the sunny side." I know how frustrating it is when folks have tried to talk me out of my negative feelings. I’m just glad you're reading this right now, even if that’s all you can manage today. If I had a magic wand I would wish I could sit down with you and listen to your story and be a witness to your pain and hold your hand, but I can’t so I’m writing these words instead. For many of us, our own pain can be even more overwhelming when someone we love dies by suicide, even if that person is a distant celebrity or maybe a

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