Category Archives: Coping Skills

Stress Management…

So, how do we stop merely surviving and start actually living? I’d like to prescribe a cognitive behavioral intervention that is in the family of meditation. As breathing is getting in touch with your body, meditation is getting in touch with your mind and soul (yes, we all have a soul—I won’t go into that […]

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Stepfamilies: The Blending of Different Worlds

The late Churchman Neal Maxwell once said, “There are no perfect families . . . but there are many good families who are . . . anxiously engaged in nurturing and providing for their families, often against such heavy odds!” Living in family units can be the greatest joy yet the greatest challenge throughout existence. […]

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Collaborative Health Care: Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold

Human beings best exist and thrive in an environment of social support, enabling our system to maximize its potential. In fact, the human body was not engineered to be isolated for long periods of time. Just as flowers turn toward sunlight, so we seek after acceptance, validation, counsel, comfort, pleasure, and happiness by being in the presence of or connected with a larger network of people (e.g. families, friends, peers, organizations, denominations, etc.) Removing a person from his or her social support system is like removing a coal from the burning influence of others—it can sustain itself for a time, but it will always burn out. Isn’t it time we stop getting left out in the cold?

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Humor as a Coping Skill: The Art of Not Taking Yourself So Seriously

There are many other ways to use humor during stress such as watching a funny movie or emailing a joke to friends and family before you start your day. However, wisdom and discernment must be used to determine appropriate timing for humor to be an appropriate coping mechanism. Masking feelings do nothing more than bury the feelings needing to surface.

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