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Posts Tagged ‘self-care’

Thanksgiving Grief

Written by: Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is a time for gathering with loved ones, to give thanks and enjoy good food. Although to those who have lost a loved one, Thanksgiving can be the total opposite. It can make them question what there is to be…

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OUR NEGATIVE SELF TALK

Written by: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Training I often encounter people in the course of my work who tell me “I am my own worst enemy”. It is so easy for us to believe the worst about ourselves, to put ourselves down, to litter our days’ thoughts with negative self-talk.  Somewhere in our…

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The Symptoms of Chronic Stress, Part 2

Written by: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Training What is stress anyway? Is it bad, is it good? Stress is simply the non-specific response of the body to anything in life which causes people to have to adjust or alter attention, behavior and/or demands of energy. It is a survival mechanism. Stress, when properly managed, is constructive…

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy….Part 1 of the Symptoms of Stress

Written by: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Training Are you a worrier?  That is a question I ask participants in my Emotional Wellness classes that I teach for VSS.  Inevitably many slowly raise their hands, some blurt out, “Oh Yes!” “Are you kidding?” “Lifelong worrier.”  Worrying in this day and age almost seems to…

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Fourth of July: Triggers

Written by: Kimi Nolte, MPH, MSW, Lead Victim Services Coordinator On the fourth of July, most people look forward to the BBQs, firework displays and spending time with their loved ones. However, the holidays can be difficult for a number of reasons, especially if you and your family experienced a traumatic loss. Today, we’d like…

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National Stress Awareness Month

Written by: Nicole Vangrimbergen, Victim Services Coordinator Many of us get home from work, grab a frozen dinner, toss it in the microwave and pour a glass of wine. Maybe we drop into the local fast food chain because we are in a rush to get to the next commitment, whether its baseball practice for…

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Managing Triggers

Written by: Maia McCoy, Victim Services Coordinator The word “trigger” has become so ubiquitous in our vernacular that it has lost meaning. “Trigger” is used when one’s buttons are pushed, when one is vexed, frustrated, or fed up. “I was so triggered.” However, many annoyances do not rise to the level of trauma, and by…

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An Introduction to Guided Meditation

Written by: Maia McCoy, MSW, Victim Services Coordinator What is guided meditation, and how can it help trauma survivors? Meditation is the practice of paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations from a place of non-judgment. Guided meditation is meditation in which the practitioner follows the lead of a teacher or audio guide. The…

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An Invitation to Joy Retreat

Working in a helping profession means continuously giving your strength, compassion, and nurturing to those you serve.  We think it is time to come together and nurture each other.  Find your joy again, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, and remember why you started doing this work. Come join us at Camp Burton on beautiful Vashon Island for a two-day retreat.…

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Physical Responses of Trauma; Is This Normal or Am I Crazy?

If you are a victim or survivor of crime, you are probably familiar with terms such as trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and so on.  Many individuals also have the belief if you experience trauma and suffer from any of these symptoms, you are weak.  Maybe you have asked yourself the questions, why can’t…

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