Hurricanes such as Harvey and Irma and typhoons such as Sanvu, Haiyan and Patricia impact all of us, even when we are far away. Creative, sensitive and gifted people, because of their more perceptive and more reactive Central Nervous Systems, have an often faster and greater response to such traumatic, life-threatening situations than do neurotypical people. What can you do when your child’s – or your own – sensitive response to such things immobilizes or overwhelms them (or yourself)? Here’s some resources to show you how creative sensitive gifted people can cope with trauma.
Unfortunately, each year seems to bring a new crop of traumatic life events. Storms, wars, crime, you name it, there always seem to be things happening that can be traumatizing, especially to creative, sensitive or gifted people. It can be easy to want to hide away from civilization to protect ourselves. Even if we live in a remote area, we still learn about what is happening around the world. And when traumatic events happen, life begs us to develop coping skills that are commensurate with our creativity, sensitivity and intelligence.
Here are resources that I have developed and shared at various times in the past. Today I am gathering them together in one place for your convenience.
How to Ride Out Life’s Tough Times: Hang Loose in the Washing Machine!
Several years ago, I was helping one of my counseling clients learn how to cope with overwhelming emotions connected to the hard times he was going through. A picture popped into my head: emotions are much like ocean waves. Ocean waves come in many shapes, sizes, speeds and intensities. So do emotions. Ocean waves are influenced by many things including the gravitational pull of the moon, the tides, the shape and movement of the ocean floor and the weather. Our emotions are influenced by the gravitational pull of our relationships, the ebb and flow of our health and energy, the “weather” of the events in our lives. Sometimes life can seem like the experience of a surfer caught in the “washing machine”, a phenomenon in which you get caught in wave after wave and can have trouble even coming up for air. READ MORE
Healing Trauma in Creative, Sensitive and Gifted People
Six weeks before the Columbine High School shooting in April of 1999, my husband and I with our teenage sons, moved into the Columbine West neighborhood. Our oldest son was in college; our younger sons continued to attend their previous high school, rather than transfer to Columbine, which was located less than a mile from our house. Still, the shooting at Columbine High School had a huge impact on us. The night after that shooting, I awoke at 3 am and could not sleep. So I got up and wrote this article. It seemed like the article was being written and I was just the scribe. Even so, I’ve updated it a few times since then. I share the most recent version again now, hoping that it will help creative, sensitive and gifted people who are struggling to cope with any kind of traumatic event. READ MORE
SENGinar: What to Do When The Sky is Falling. Tools for Helping Gifted Kids & Teens Cope With Trauma.
Gifted kids and teens, due to the combination of their abilities and over-excitabilities are often impacted by trauma and tragedy more than their less sensitive peers. What can you do when a creative, highly sensitive, intense, gifted child or teen is traumatized by tragedy, when it’s on the other side of the country or world? What can you do to help them when the tragedy or trauma is in your own community?
In this recording of my presentation in this SENG- Webinar, AKA SENGinar, you will learn:
- Seven signs of a normal response to trauma
- The one simple first, best and last mind-body tool that can be used anywhere, any time to counteract the negative effects of trauma
- Two underlying principals to guide your trauma interventions with your sensitive, gifted child
- Four things to DO to help them process their difficult emotions
- Three ways to tell if or when to get professional help for your student with Trauma Exposure