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Self-care During Painful Times: Feminist Mormon Housewives Podcast

Radical Compassion

I was invited by Tresa Edmunds, blogger at Feminist Mormon Housewives, to share thoughts about the importance of self-care during times of grief and loss. In this fMh podcast Tresa and I talked about how to process emotions, deepen spirituality, embrace complexity, and practice radical compassion, and prioritize self-care as tools to process difficult emotions surrounding the excommunication of Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly.

In this podcast I mention Riane Eisler’s Cultural Transformation Theory and the continuum of dominator and partnership models of social organizations. For more information on cultural transformation theory visit RianeEisler.com
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HBO’s Girls and Grief Responses: Women’s Health Interview

People have a variety of initial responses upon hearing about the death of a friend or work associate. A recent episode of HBO show Girls showed the main character Hannah having a numb response to the death of her book editor, leaving her friends wondering why she’s being self-absorbed. I share my thoughts on the subject in a recent Women’s Health Magazine article.

Read article online If Someone Dies and You’re Not Sad, Does That Make You Completely Self-Absorbed?

Q & A with Dr. Christina Hibbert author of This is How We Grow

We met 7 years ago at a conference. Since then I’ve seen you go through many difficult life experiences that are now in your first book. Tell a little bit about those experiences, in your own words.

Yes. Seven years and it feels like nothing, yet so much has happened in those years! This is How We Grow shares the four years after my sister and brother-in-law died, we inherited our two nephews, and I had our fourth baby, going from three to six kids practically overnight. The years that followed brought much learning and growth, as we navigated grief, postpartum depression, family relationships, and struggled to build our new family. As a clinical psychologist specializing in grief/loss, women’s mental health, postpartum, motherhood, and parenting, it was especially interesting to watch myself go through this “doctor becomes the patient” experience. In this book I share the insights and lessons I gained as I overcame my challenges, became my true self, and eventually flourished.

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Making Sense of Senseless Tragedy: Studio 5

The details of the bombings in Boston continue to unfold. As news outlets scramble for the facts, we struggle to make sense of what happened: to make sense of the senseless.

Accept uncertainty

Acknowledge tragedy but don’t dwell on it

Take positive Action

7 Ways To Beat Winter Sadness: Sharecare

Does your mood take a nose dive during the winter months? In this new post for ShareCare I give a few ideas for beating seasonal depression. Click the post title above to go to the article.

During the winter months, about 15% of Americans suffer from a mood disorder known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms are similar to those of depression—feelings of sadness, low energy, sleep problems, irritability, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, anxiety, social isolation and, in severe cases, suicidal thoughts. The difference between general depression and SAD is that sufferers generally gain weight and only experience depression symptoms during a specific and recurring time of the year.

Seasonal depression impacts significantly more women than men. Among people with SAD, 60 to 90% are women, and females between the ages of 15 and 55 are at highest risk.

Send Cards To Sandy Hook Elementary School

In the wake of yesterday’s tragedy in Connecticut, like all of you, I’ve felt overwhelmed with sadness and empathy for the families and the community of Sandy Hook Elementary. Let’s shower the community with our prayers, love, and support! Let’s flood the school with expressions of support. It’s one thing we can do.