Friday, September 29, 2017

Tools of Tim Ferriss

 Not long ago a wise person directed me to a book by Tim Ferriss, an author, entrepreneur, public speaker and very successful podcast guru. This is a brief overview of his credential from Wikipedia: The Tim Ferriss Show
"Ferriss has been called the "Oprah of Audio" due to the influence and reach of his podcast "The Tim Ferriss Show" which as of 2016 had over 80 million downloads. It covers topics ranging from personal and character development, to exercise routines, acting, venture capital and metaphysics. The show was voted “Best Podcast Episode of 2015” by users of Product Hunt in their "Golden Kitty Awards." Do you want to know how to make your life more successful, fulfilling and create happiness, check out Time Ferriss. " 
It is a good bet that it will be worth your time to read, listen and absorb some of his ideas to assist you on your journey in life to be happier, more productive and achieve your life goals. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Disarming the Suicidal Mind

Recently, I was a part of a panel of experts presenting for the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program or TLAP. The topic was: Life Alert: Save a Lawyer. This was sponsored by the Houston Bar Association with TLAP as  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar for Lawyers. It is possible to disarm a person who is suicidal, when you become aware of the warning signs and know how to take action and get help. You can save a life. As a clinician, these are essential signs and ways to diagnose the severity of a situation. Talk a look at the graphic on the right to see what signs to look for. Once observed and noted, you can provide support and/or provide for an intervention. Remember, be empathic and listen well. Don't minimize or try and talk a suicidal person out of their feelings. This will only create more of a sense of being alone and not understood. Strive to validate their pain, then see if you can help get professional help. TLAP is an outstanding resource for lawyers and a network to get help. Cameron Vann at The Texas Bar. This is a program by lawyers for lawyers. If you are depressed, you don't have to suffer, be alone and isolate yourself. There are programs, resources, a referral network and groups you can attend. There is need to reach out and someone will answer and be there for you. If you are a friend or family, trust your instincts when you feel someone is in emotional trouble or turmoil. This is a link to the SAMSHA hotline in blue.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
You can call TLAP any time of day or night at 1-800-343-8527. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Trauma of the Hurricane disaster......& developing Resilience

With all that is going on in the world with the recent hurricanes, the cold war, politics and an endless supply of bad news, it is no wonder people are feeling stressed, anxious and even helpless at times. The image on the left was in the Washington Post regarding Hurricane Irma. As you can see, the devastation is vast and just getting worse. How do you recover from such loss, trauma and on-going recovery? Resiliency training is the answer. A recent blog by Dr. Eva Gortner gave lots of good tips that I want to use as guidelines for ideas to consider for your own mental and/or emotional well-being. 
  • Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover.
  • Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal.
  • Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
  • Remember that everyone has different needs and different ways of coping.
  • Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
  • Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
  • Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
  • Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
  • Spend time with family and friends.
  • Participate in memorials.
  • Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
There are many ways to get or give help during these very difficult moments. Self-care and asking for help may be very difficult for many, but can be such a blessing.......if you just ask. Secondly, give help by showing up at friends, family or neighbors to lend a hand. These times are trying, but also help you discover your inner strength and help you cope. 

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