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DAILY/WEEKLY ACTIVITIES TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Support Activities Developed by:
Michael C. Irving, Ph.D., Sculptor/Coach & Counselor*

mci@irvingstudios.com
 

Well Being

Coping Strategies
- Grounding
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- Self Nurture
- Personal Support
- Art as Healing


Creating Coping Lists
- Coping Lists
- Activities
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- Stress
- Crisis

Meditation Gallery

HandPrints & Poetry

Stability and well being are greatly anchored by being surrounded by the ordinary, nurturing and looking after oneself.

When you are not overwhelmed by memories or stress most of the requirements and concerns of self-care seem obvious and straight forward, but trauma has a way of blurring the ordinary as the extraordinary surfaces and seems to take precedence.

The following are some ideas for the kinds of things that may go on a "Daily / Weekly Activities to Take Care of Yourself" list. These are not presented as comprehensive lists and they are not the right list for any one particular person.

It is important for you to come up with your own personalized coping strategy lists.

COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL

Come out of your shell
wherever you are.
Believe in yourself
that's who you are.
Take each day, day-by-day
make the demons go away!

Derrick Maple leaf gardens

 

COMFORTABLE

My new shoes are so noticeable
All I can think about is how everyone must be looking at them

I wish I could scuff my shoes
Blend in with the crowd
Forget that I have them on

Throw them away

I cannot change the fact that these shoes are a part of me.
But I can put them away,
Or take them out
Whenever I feel the need to wear them.

So I think I'll take a walk in these shoes so that I can look at them,
Confident that I will grow comfortable in owning them.

Karen

 

SHELTER ME

The safety and shelter of many trees used to be a place of freedom for me.
Now the tree branches symbolize
change, growth and stretching to new goals.
The roots depict both the hidden and exposed
search for inner truth and nourishment
received from verbalizing the unspoken
that was necessary to provide the strength to ground me.
Energy in the sap released hope, joy, creativity
and the fluidness of spirit.
The sight of a mature tree reminds me to trust
in the nurturing, caring, sharing and love
I have newly realized and enjoy the freedom of just being me.

Janet

 

A MOMENT IN TIME

The perfect photo,
it just happened
Down by the sea
The view
There she sat
Peace B sheltered B alone in her solitude
Drifting
Drifting where?

Her body joined forever
- in a moment in time -
With the water, the sun, nature

The Photo B in black & white
Saw her: sensuality as the waves crashed against her legs
leaving them wet & glistening;

Saw her: sensuality as the sun warmed her body as it
melded with the sand;

Saw her: sensuality as her bathing suit of many colours joined
Mother Nature's glorious blue reds & greens

The Photo, in black & white
Captured her bliss in
A Moment in Time,

Everlasting-entwined with Nature
Forever

Sandy

 



Follow your bliss.

 

 

 

 


Fly little angel Amber

 

 

 


LEARN

 

 


It is not an easy thing to live. Lets work together to stop ABUSE!
Kimberly

 

 

 


I am a survivor.

 

 

 

 

MANAGE STRESS BEFORE IT IS OUT OF CONTROL

The trauma you experienced as a child was terrible. The vulnerability and sensitivity that those tragedies created in you is very real. All people have to manage their feelings and life stresses. As a survivor of trauma, you have to work at it harder than many others. It is far easier to gain control of a bad feeling before it spirals into despair and a full-blown crisis.

 

 

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF REGULARLY

Referring to a "Daily/Weekly Activities to Take Care of Yourself & Stay Healthy List" is a good way to make sure that you are staying on top of things.

Looking at your regular activity list is also a means of having an emotional thermometer. Skipping activities such as eating regular meals, doing exercise or taking time for leisure can be a sign that you are being triggered or that some stressful issue is surfacing that you may be unaware of.

You may even start to notice associations between the types of activities you do not do and the kinds of issues that are coming up.

Through an early warning system, decisions can be made about going to therapy, getting extra therapy, and also doing what you need to relieve tension or work through adversity.


LIST #1 Make Yourself a List of "Daily/Weekly Activities to Take Care of Yourself"

  1. Shower every day.
  2. Take a long walk three times a week.
  3. Listen to music to start your day.
  4. Have some form of leisure every day.
  5. Make time for therapy.
  6. Do twenty minutes of journalling twice during the week and on each weekend day.
  7. Eat regularly.
  8. Get sufficient sleep and sleep in on Saturday.
  9. Vacuum and straighten.
  10. Etc. Make your own personalized list!!!

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