Box breathing

box breathing is a technique used to calm yourself down with a simple 4 second rotation of breathing in, holding your breath, breathing out, holding your breath, and repeating. It’s not for everyone but it may be a helpful technique add to your tool kit. Here are two links for box breathing http://quietkit.com/box-breathing/ http://www.exhalevr.com/

Parent – Child Codependency

A few introductory links to codepedency expressed in parenting, and a few key steps to coping as an adult child of codependent parents (yes, it is a WikiHow page but the piece offers valid advice). There’s nothing special about these particular links, but I hope they might offer a starting point for further exploration of this…

introduction to dissociation

several posts from Psychcentral describing dissociation as a spectrum from: a normal everyday response (e.g. “highway hypnosis);  a useful tool for acute stress;  a useful tool for severe chronic stress/trauma;   and a tool that was previously useful but now is difficult to control.   https://blogs.psychcentral.com/organizations/2014/11/the-line-between-spacing-out-and-dissociation-is-only-degree-and-distance/ https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/07/25/the-psyches-way-out-of-pain-dissociation/ https://psychcentral.com/library/dissociation_intro.htm