When our strength is pulled on in unexpected and ambiguous ways, it’s important to have a bit of a strategy, even if we can’t control things. This article, lays out a few places where folks can get a foot hold:
How to preserve your mental strength when everything is uncertain
There is knowledge, and then there is movement. Neither is sufficient on its own. So, also find an online group of people doing movement (Yoga, stretching, Tai Chi, or meditation etc) and join them. Try to find a group that you can join daily or weekly and get to know – and make a regular practice of being there with them 🙂
In a slightly different vein, I want to add a soft song from a singer who relentlessly holds hope and shares it in song. Perhaps it’s a “lullaby for adults” as I heard someone call it: “I Forgive Myself”
Please meet Kim, fellow OT and neuroscientist, she has been a part of seeding many trauma-informed initiatives around the globe.
She has some wise words about Fear and Covid-19. I was fortunate enough to be in her presence, at a recent conference about neuroscience of the brain with researched lessons about autism, trauma and connection:
Her website has many good things. This is one of them: https://www.kimbarthel.ca/reflections/2020/3/12/meeting-fear
Also, scroll down to use the Blue Bubble as part of guiding your breath.
This OT (and the person who writes this) is smarter than me. Great interventions all listed in one place. I don’t do cranial-sacral work (though have had it done). Hakomi method helps me tend to the integrated needs of mind-body-spirit. Check this out – do a few. Email me about it, if you wish.
I like the list that follows (from a Berkley therapist). But I don’t believe it happens in a vacuum. Let your emotional work be there, under what you chose to do with your hands.
Do things each day; Occupy yourself with small things that matter, that advance you, that please you, whether they ‘work’ or ‘fail’ in the moment. They might be momentous accomplishments. Or they may be ‘small’ things. You decide: whittle wood, accept a job, feed the fish, cook supper, read a book, go eat the ice cream at the new library, throw a softball with your family….
And in the background be quietly aware of letting the following happen:
I was reminded of this at the Dr. Ruth Lanius conference in recent past days. Strength-based, she kept reminding clinicians to listen to their clients’ experience and self-knowledge. The digital story-telling was just a comment, but I was reminded of having heard of it before – something that can ground us in our creativity while feeling the power of our voice. Our stories matter; no matter how we tell them:
OT has a reputation for pointing out practical things as life-giving and foundational – like ‘Brush your Teeth’, ‘Eat’, ‘Wash the Dishes’. Yet OT has always been unconventional in that it has long included “how” we do things, not just what we do or when. The intangible “hows” are often central.
So I like this OT FB group posting. (And speaking of remembering unconventional “activities”, the below link on Grounding 2 has been re-placed. Sometimes a poem is essential before any tooth brushing can happen: Billy likely agrees.)
For starters, try for 3 in a row.