Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Show 123 Emotional and Soothing Grounding Techniques

Not everybody wants to walk around or think logical thoughts. Not when the are trying not to gag, ralph or loose control. But you might be able to conjure up a memory. In this short episode, emotional and soothing grounding skills that might be of help.




If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Resources (Not) Mentioned: 


There is an on-line service called My Noise, a custom noise generator. They have all kinds of stuff but I want to call attention to the Cat Noise Purr Generator. Personally, it creeps me out but if you love the sound of a purring cat and you don't want to live with them then this is the app for you.

A great idea is to build your on self-soothing kit. Carolyn at Creativity in Therapy has some ideas on how to do that.

If you want to know more about self-compassion or would like meditations that focus on self-compassion then check of Kristin Neff's Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises


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Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Show 122 Pebble in the Road - Grounding to A Cha Cha Beat

Once upon a time there a dance known as the Cha Cha. It involved rolling hips, two people and a ton of great music. Cha Cha begat the New Cha Cha and then much later on the Cha Cha Boogie.

The Cha Cha can be applied, with a few modifications, as a tool for symptoms management. Not kidding.





If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Show 121 - Kinetic Grounding Skills

There are some of us that need to move or have to do something to expel excess energy in the body. In this episode, a simple way to use your hand or your foot to help you refocus on the here and now.




If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

This is the open captioned Audiogram version for those that don't have a podcasting app.



Resources (Not) Mentioned: 


Kinetic Meditation - What is it and how can it help?

The Growlery's Six Different Types of Grounding Exercises for Anxiety and Intense Emotions

Using Grounding to Self Regulate Emotions PDF from the Truman Medical Center


Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ARP 120 Grounding Skills for Symptom Management

For people with anxiety, panic attacks and phobias there is a specific meaning about grounding skills and techniques. For our population, it is the use of a skill or technique that can help you to re-center yourself to the present.

Grounding Series:


Show 123 - Emotional and Soothing Grounding Skills
Show 122 - Grounding to a Cha Cha Beat
Show 121 - Kinetic Grounding Skill Using PMR
Show 119a  - Grounding Technique Using the 54321 Game


In this episode, a definition of grounding and types of grounding and resources. This will be the centralized place for the episodes and resources and I'll also have links on the ARP resource page.





If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 


National Public Radio story about CBD oil and federal study of the substance.

Healing comes from many directions. You might need a dose of healing from one of the many great lyrics from Hamilton. Atlantic Record has an official lyric page with annotations.

Dr. Patti Levin's handout on grounding. She include breathing, meditation and mindful walking.

Video from Joelle's Kernel of Wisdom YouTube channel on using grounding to deal with emotions.

Mind Fuel Daily on 5 Helpful Grounding Techniques for Anxiety

Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Show 119a Grounding Technique - A Pebble in the Road

Life is still kinda hectic; too much to do and not enough time. I'm surrounded by work, home and other expectations of my time. Problem is I only have 24 hours in a day.

One way to stay off of the worry loop is to have something that can bring you back to reality. As in where you are right now.

So this is a quick series on grounding techniques that you can use to help bring yourself back into the present. It might work for you or not. No worries, there is more where that came from and in the coming weeks there will be more of them.




Stay away from that ledge! If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Audiogram Version with Captions




Testing out a new service that provides captions along with the video.

Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Show 118 - Dehydration, the Brain and Axiety

My off-line life is getting more hectic. For the next few weeks there could be interruptions or delays in posting. Amalgamated Fire and Brimstone is upgrading to the newest salt analyzing widget and somebody has to stand by flipping the crystals the bird.

In today's show a look at the CVS pricing tool and dehydration and the connection to the brain and anxiety.

Some of the common symptoms of dehydration are your mouth is dry, you've got dry skin, feeling constipated and when you wake up all you want to do is go back to sleep.

You might be dehydrated.
You might have an anxiety disorder.

Or you could have both.





If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 


AARP report on CVS drug price information for consumers at over 30,000 pharmacies.
Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness via Google Books - chapter on hydration and water. This is more for the science geeks among us.

Mayo Clinic Foundation page on Dehydration which contains a list of symptoms and how to prevent becoming dehydrated.

The Department of Defense Armed with Science blog has a page for soldiers who are consuming a lot of energy drinks that have high levels of caffeine. You might want to cut back or eliminate them from your diet.

National Institute of Aging on Getting Enough Fluids and FEMA.gov pamphlet on Food and Water Preparation in an Emergency.

Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Running Late on Posting but This Might Help Somebody

I can't pull it together. Just can't. Brain has put out the no-cognition light.

I have to respect that. Cuz I've sat here for three hours and everything is going wrong.

In the meantime, A gem from a man who reminds us it ain't always about binary thinking. Especially if your digit is stuck at 1.

And look, don't get you panties twisted because it doesn't apply to you. Or you do the opposite. Or you don't believe in therapy.

If this helps you, great.
If not, wait for it. It will come.

Disclaimer:


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only.

Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.