Here’s the first issue of our periodic newsletter with news you can use on healing & grief. Below, you’ll find an exclusive giveaway and discounts on services, my thank you for subscribing.
Before I forget, a special offer–buy a journal and card deck together and I’ll send you a free gorgeous Glossier lipstick. Details at CarolCassara.com/free-lipstick. Also if you or someone you know are grieving and in the San Francisco Bay area, please let them know about Transforming Grief, my one-day grief retreat, where participants will find acceptance, understanding, and tools for managing during these difficult times. Information at AHealingSpirit.org/retreat
Kids with anxiety
Anxiety is endemic. Even more concerning: our kids have it. The National Institute of Mental Health says that in the 13-17 age group, some 38 percent of girls and 26 percent of boys suffer from anxiety, and many take meds. I offer both hypnotherapy and off-the-shelf downloadable audio, as a non-pharmaceutical way to help with anxiety at AHealingSpirit.org/anxiety. And this recent New York Times story on anxiety is a must-read for anyone who is anxious or is a parent or grandparent of a child coping with the world today. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/style/anxiety-is-the-new-depression-xanax.html
When “cures” are hype
Who can blame patients who see headlines about a cure for their ailment from getting excited? But how much is real? My friend Cathy is active in the M.S. community as a writer, an advocate, and a patient. When she saw a headline Meet the Cambridge Scientist on Verge of Curing Multiple Sclerosis she dug into it. What she found was that cure was not imminent -target date for trials is 2020 –or later. Talk about false hope!
Read her blog post and advice to patients here: AnEmpoweredSpirit.com/cure
Helping patients feel better
Research shows expressing feelings about your disease can help: Women with breast cancer who wrote about their feelings about their disease had the fewest symptoms. Physical function was improved for kidney cancer patients who did expressive writing exercises. If self-expression about the disease helps cancer patients, it can help those dealing with M.S., Crohn’s, lupus, fibromyalgia and so many more. Find my guided journals AHealingSpirit.org/product-category/guided-journals/
Hypnosis Considered Mainstream??
For pain therapists, hypnosis for pain relief is now considered mainstream–it works for many who have acute and chronic pain. Including my husband. See his story here CarolCassara.com/pain-relief.
One reason it works is that pain and stress are related. There’s no question that pain can cause stress and that stress can make pain worse. But that’s not the only reason it works.
In hypnosis, the conscious mind tunes out and the subconscious takes over. It becomes more open to suggestions, such as those about pain relief.
If you’d like to try it, I’ve got a downloadable audio for pain relief here Ahealingspirit.org/downloadable-audio
Or you can book a first Skype hypnotherapy session with me at a 25 percent discount. For more info email me at Carol@ahealingspirit.org
My friend, Laura, is only in her 30s but last year she lost her husband in a terrible accident. “You can never move on,” she said, eloquently. “You can only move forward.” Moving forward requires us to not fear the pain of grief. If you’re grieving, I encourage you to grieve fully. To feel that loss in its entirety. And in doing so, to honor it. And also to know that, as my friend pointed out, moving forward with life is not the same thing as moving on.
A memoir getting a lot of buzz is The Bright Hour: a Memoir of Living and Dying, by the late Nina Riggs. Diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at only 38, she lived fully until the end. Books about people who die can be tough to read. But this inspired me. I’ll send a copy to the first person to email me that they’d like one. Carol@ahealingspirit.org
The Art of Losing by poet Kevin Young is a collection of poems about loss and grief. If you love poetry, check it out.
Musculoskeletal pain seems to be everywhere among my friends and John Sarno’s The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain is a classic. Lots of folks have gotten pain relief from his methods. He’s pretty Freudian and the book’s heavy on psychology, but with 4.5 stars from 512 Amazon reviews, it’s worth a read for anyone with back pain.
What would you like to see in future newsletters? Let me know at Carol@ahealingspirit.org