Rick Armstrong, Executive Director I've been working on these thoughts for a few days, since the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week and the ongoing issues of mass violence, harassment and domestic violence that came before last week.
Before my thoughts are my feelings - feelings of sadness, anger, frustration and fear.More
If you've suffered loss...
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In times of anxiety, it is important that we access the higher parts of our brain that deal with understanding, planning, determining what's out of our control, what's in our control, what we want to do, what we can do, what we will do. Deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness exercises, finding a time and a place to be calm is important to access the higher parts of our brains. More