Much too often I hear stories of people struggling with various forms of stress. Many times they are so giving of themselves to other people much more than they are to their own needs. In the fast-paced world we live in, it's so hard to find that balance in our lives. We wear multiple hats of partner/spouse, parent, friend, coworker, etc... the demands and expectations that come with each of the various roles we play in our lives lead to much stress and anxiety.
"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."
April is Stress Awareness Month and to kick things off with the "Beating Burnout Series," I'm going to tell you what you need to know about stress. First, I describe the different types of stress and the effects of stress. Second, I describe what can happen if you're repeatedly stressed over-time, and lastly, I introduce ways to help you manage your stress.
"The physical pain of cutting numbed my emotional pain, and it helped me close the gap between my two falsely dichotomous selves: the 'happy' adoptee who had everything given to her and the angry adoptee who had everything taken away..."
-Shareen Pine, Adult Adoptee
This post was a difficult one to write. I have thought about it... journaled about it... and thought about it some more... stopped and came back to it. That's how I knew I needed to write it and get it out to the world. It started off as a...
Given what we know, the statistics are alarming. Adoptees are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than non-adoptees, according to a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And, last year, suicide was the third leading cause of death in ages 15 to 24 in Kent County, Michigan.
If you know someone who is suicidal
If you have a plan or are seriously thinking about suicide, please reach out for support. There are hotlines to call, like 1800-273-TALK, or contact your local emerge...
I never knew how difficult it would be to put my adoption narrative to the world until I was invited to be a guest on a podcast for AdopteesOn. Of course I have told people about my adoption story before. Those being close friends, past therapists, and even a few select clients whom I felt could have benefited from a certain aspect of my life and how I coped.
But there was something about preparing this brief narrative for an audience... knowing it would be broadcast internati...