How do you deal with the hand you’re given?

Do you take it right away, absorb the pain quick so you can move on with your life? Do you look for new ways to heal old wounds or do you find yourself unable to cope, burrying your feelings in work, with food, by avoiding, denying and repressing what is too difficult to deal with?

Forget about being green. It’s not easy even being human. And we can’t escape it. It’s the common thing that unites us all. What separates us is how we’ve learned to deal with it.

At my grandfather’s funeral years ago, I was the conscious observer watching how each of my relatives managed their pain – some broke down and cried, others stifled their own sadness to assist loved ones. I realized that no one way was better than the other. But that being conscious of how we heal and taking the time to do what works best for each of us is most important.

It may be mindful emotional eating, self-soothing activities, helping others who are in worst shape than we are, or shining a light on our shadows that can be instrumental to healing. If you’ve been faced with a painful situation recently, read our posts below. Each offer a different way to help you heal yourself and feel confident no matter what hand you’re given.

Self-Soothing: Calming the Amygdala and Reducing the Effects of Trauma
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Learning how to self-soothe is often taught in childhood to help calm nerves and provide comfort when children are upset. But some individuals either aren’t sufficiently taught self-soothing techniques because of early trauma or being emotionally sensitive. This makes the following post pertinent to help you manage your emotions, prevent chronic conditions and increase your ability to tolerate difficult situations.

8 Strategies to Make Your Emotional Eating More Mindful
(360 of Mindful Living) – Think emotional eating is bad? This blogger says it’s not only inevitable, but emotional eating can work as an effective coping strategy and stress reliever. Surprised? I was too.

Facebook For Veterans With PTSD
(Therapy Soup) – Mental health professionals are donating their time to help veterans and their families. This is how social media should be used. Find out how you can get involved here.

Sexual Abuse – Shining Light Into The Shadows
(Family Mental Health) – How do we overcome darkness created by abuse and trauma? We shine a light on the shadows by sharing our stories of survival like this courageous woman.

Does ADHD Build Character?
(ADHD Man of Distraction) – Maybe you’re forgetful, always late, and can’t always be counted on. You can blame it on your ADHD or you can embrace what you’ve got. And what you’ve got blogger Kelly loves.