I love it when I receive questions from followers. Last week I had a really big question from a follower,
How do you help adults overcome
childhood trauma and toxic stress?
Wow! Big question! This is too big of a question to cover in a ten-minute video or even in a blog post. However, I can give you a few tools to start on a path that will decrease your toxic stress response and increase your self- regulation. Once your nervous system is regulated, tapping into your strengths to build up your resilience is key.
You can build your self-awareness toolbox as an adult and tap into those tools when stress enters your life.
This is a journey where each new tool you use and practice can help you along your path of resilience.
Watch Using Your Strengths to Overcome Challenges Part 1 and Part 2 to add more tools to your toolbox.
Strength-Based Resilience is a four-part course for educators, parents, and caregivers. A new session starts on September 9, 2020.
More information about the course can be found here.
Stress, overwhelm, and anxiety are the words I use to describe my emotions during a time of crisis. What are the words that come to your mind when we talk about the current world situation?
Luckily for me, I can reach into my toolbox of resilience tools and pull out one of my favorite tools, strengths! My resilience tools are tools I can use to help myself and others bounce back in times of crisis.
In the last video, I shared about the four areas of strengths (Relating, Thinking, Executing and Influencing) and how you might see one or more of those areas in yourself. If I can see my strengths then I can also be intentional about calling upon one or more of those strengths to see my situation differently.
Today I share a short exercise for you to call upon your personal strengths and focus on using them throughout your day.
Much has happened over the last few weeks that my head is spinning. Maybe you can relate:
My daughter came home from college for spring break. One week has turned into staying at home for the rest of the semester. Classes are now online for her.
My high school-age sons were off school starting March 17. Now the eight days off of school have turned into distance learning until May 4.
My son, who is a senior, reacted poorly to the news that the last months of his senior year would be without the daily interaction of friends. The loss and grief of potentially not having a prom or graduation ceremony are real.
I work from home. Most of my weekdays are spent with my dog and alone in the house. I have the occasional Zoom meeting or phone call, but mostly just quiet. However, that has not been the case for the last two weeks and it seems like it will not be the case for the next two months or more.
I want you to know that I understand. I hear you. I feel the anxiety and pain with you. The struggle is real.
Yet, I say to myself daily, “This to shall pass.” I breathe and I go outside into nature.
The video I am sharing with you is one that I made ten days ago. I felt it was important to share with you during this challenging time.
Nature has the power to heal and here are a few reasons why the power of nature can help you and your student or children through the challenges in life.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a topic that I am passionate about sharing with the teachers and youth professionals through in-services training. The video I created gives you just a taste about Adverse Childhood Experiences and why this information is so important for all professionals that work with youth.