Seeing yourself when you are unseen by others

I recently wrapped up an incredible week at a summer research institute. It was transformative and inspiring and it also brought up a LOT of unsettling thoughts and emotions. The theme for the week-long institute was “othering, belonging, and becoming” and right now, I think that topic is more relevant than ever before.

Red and Green Flags: Identifying Danger and Safety

It’s so important to be vigilant of your surroundings and to pay attention to how you and your body respond (or react) to certain spaces, people, or actions. You may not realize it, but your body usually sends signals to let you know how it is perceiving the environment or interactions with others. For example,Continue reading “Red and Green Flags: Identifying Danger and Safety”

Four Ways to Meet Your Needs

I read Dr Rick Hanson’s book, Resilient, a few months ago and I occasionally browse it for personal motivation. Recently I found myself drawing more from his book especially during stressful times. According to Dr. Hanson, we have three basic needs (safety, satisfaction, connection) and we meet these needs in 4 ways (which I’ll callContinue reading “Four Ways to Meet Your Needs”

Three Things to Consider When You Set Boundaries

I have this strong belief that boundaries are very important in life. Boundaries act as a safety net and protect us in several ways.  We can set boundaries that are healthy and will enhance our self-care. Setting boundaries may mean that a relationship comes to an end or we limit interactions with persons that have beenContinue reading “Three Things to Consider When You Set Boundaries”