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When You Feel Helpless

As children, we feel helpless because we essentially are. As adults, we expect to rise above our former vulnerabilities because our physical and emotional limitations seem to melt away as we age. Maybe that’s why unexpected challenges can easily overwhelm us. We forget that life isn’t supposed to be easy. That the role of pain is to help us grow.

When we’re kids all we want to do is to grow up. We want to order from the adult menu, stay up late, and do all the fun things adults can do. But as adults all we want is to return to innocence, to not be responsible, to truly enjoy whatever moment we’re in.

What we can learn from both stages of growth is that children are not immune to difficulty and adults are not superheroes. No one can escape from challenges. Children get stressed and you’re not automatically equipped to handle everything you’re given. But as an adult, you do have the ability to manage what comes your way. If you or your loved ones are enduring stress and you’re feeling helpless and unable to cope, these top posts will provide you with the resources, information and courage you need to get through it.

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7 Tips To Help Kids Cope With Stress
(Weightless) – Being a child doesn’t necessarily mean being stress-free. In fact, competitive sports and a busy schedule can eat away at a child’s childhood leading to disordered eating. But it doesn’t have to. Here’s how to help your own kids manage their stress in a healthy way.

When Mental Illness and Homelessness Collide: What to do
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – If you feel helpless and alone because you worry that a loved one dealing with severe or untreated mental illness may end up homeless, this will help.

Relationships Need Breathing Space
(Parenting Tips) – How do you manage stress in your relationships? Being aware of what you and your partner need most during difficult moments can save your relationship. Here’s how.

How To Deal With A Help-Rejecting Complainer
(Therapy Soup) – Why do people complain then reject help? The answer will surprise you. Read this to also learn why you may be unintentionally drawing “help-rejecting complainers” in your life and what you can do to improve your relationship with them.

What City is a Beacon for Happiness?
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – A fascinating video addresses Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s American city challenge to find creative solutions to their problems.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Feb 2013
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APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: March 1, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 27, 2015, from


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