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Coping

Coming to Terms With Death and the Unexpected

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 07.26.2013 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

It is no secret that I write about death. In my fiction, my research and my non-fiction essays, I have tried to engage the subject as it really is: a natural process of life rather than a horrifying and unnatural conclusion to our human story.

Did You Financially Self-Soothe After Your Divorce?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Many divorcees feel depressed, anxious, guilty and angry during their divorce, and many admittedly turned to financial self-soothing to cope. Financial self-soothing is the term used to describe individuals who spend money to make themselves feel better about something.

Six Messages for a Child

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Pam Allyn

As an educator and advocate for children, I get many queries after tragedy, especially about how we can help our children cope with what they have heard and seen. I hope these simple messages help.

Rude Awakenings

Mary Pritchard | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

So I'm writing a new book. I haven't completely given up on the first book. After all, I have a number of people who are counting on me to write that book. But for now, my focus has to be on where my heart and soul are taking me.

Forever Impression

Kim Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
Kim Goldman

Nothing says "Good Morning" like a discussion on murder, I think to myself as I look out into a sea of faces, just blankly staring back at me. Deep breaths, I can do this.

4 Basic Steps For Keeping Stress At Bay

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Here are four steps to minimize stress that may not make all your problems go away, but they can provide a great touching off point. We know that stress is in the mind of the beholder, and by adjusting your mindset, you can also improve your mood, and ultimately, your relationships.

Emotional Eating as a Coping Mechanism

Mary Pritchard | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

Most of the time our problems are within our control to fix, and eating is likely not going to help. Thus, what we should be doing is focusing on how to fix our problems. That's where problem-focused coping comes in.

7 Smart Ways To Cope When Times Are Tough

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

It's easy to feel defeated and sorry for yourself when challenges in life arise, however, you can take another approach. While you may not be able to always control what happens in life, you can always choose how to react to it.

Coping With Emotional Eating

Mary Pritchard | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

If you find yourself eating for emotion- or stress-related reasons, how can you better appraise your own abilities to cope with and actually effectively cope with your stressors?

The Upside of Negative Emotions: Why Feeling Fully Leads to a Better Life

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When we find ourselves having a strong emotional response that might not be appropriate to the situation, we can stop and take a moment to reflect on how our reaction may be influenced by our past experiences.

25 Tips For Coping With Memory Troubles

Marie Marley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

If you have early Alzheimer's -- or if you simply have a bad memory -- it can impair your ability to do simple as well as complicated tasks. Fortunately there are many ways to help you compensate for a declining memory.

Coping With the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

After my fourth round of chemotherapy, I went into what I now refer to as "The Funk Zone." What helped me the most was my ability to put on my nurse's cap (being a nurse was definitely a Silver Lining during my treatment) and assign myself some healthy coping mechanisms.

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Since graduating with my master's degree in positive psychology, I've worked with and observed thousands of people in a wide variety of settings, and happy people just flow with the groove of life in a unique way. Here is what they do differently.

Does Humor Have Any Place in Tragedy?

Jenny Isenman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

I thought about not writing anything humorous until we could all come to grips with this injustice (So, essentially, never). But, I will and I hope other humorists do too.

When Hardship Hits: Ask Not, 'Why Me?!' Ask, 'Why Not Me?!'

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ann Rasmussen

We can choose to think flexibly and adaptively, rather than rigidly and maladaptively, by redefining painful life blows as opportunities to evolve. Suffering is the "rock-tumbler" of life, within which the nuggets of our battered selves get polished into our highest and best selves.

Unsentimental Holidays, Part 1: James Joyce and "The Dead"

James Bryson Hyatt | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
James Bryson Hyatt

I'm going to roll out a handful of suggested books, movies and albums to get you through the holidays without much sentiment -- while also not falling back on cynicism and despair.

Helping Seniors Prepare for and Cope With Natural Disasters

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

When one's home is damaged, it is a devastating experience for an individual of any age. For those with memory loss, a tragedy like this can also be very confusing and disorienting. Here are some tips on how you can best support them during this time.

3 Steps To Reduce Stress And Keep Calm

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Ann Rasmussen

In a single week, my friend Karen had to move her 82-year-old father out of his home and into an Alzheimer's facility, was in a serious accident that totaled her car, found drugs in her daughter's jeans and learned her sister had breast cancer.

One Essential Tip For Surviving The Holidays

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, but it also can be the most stressful for people in their 50s and beyond. There are joyous occasions with family and friends, to be sure, but there also are the constant demands placed on your time, energy and financial reserves.

After a Disaster, Children Need Special Attention to Recover

William Spear | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
William Spear

While the larger agencies provide emergency provisions in the immediate aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, few groups provide emotional support beyond palliative approaches, quiet counseling and minimally expressive therapies that are primarily cognitive in nature.

Creating Space To Heal: Mother Transforms Murdered Son’s Bedroom

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.09.2012 | Health and Fitness

After Beth Dargis’ teenage son was murdered by his friend, she left his room untouched for months. On a segment for HuffPost Live, she discussed how...

Grief Hoarders: Recovery Expert Warns Against Creating Shrines For The Dead

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.09.2012 | Health and Fitness

A difficult part of coping with the loss of a loved one is figuring out what to do with their belongings. In a segment for HuffPost Live, celebrity de...

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Regardless of circumstances, children often need comfort and reassurance. Play can provide them with both and more.

In the Calm Before the Electoral Storm, Let's Ask Some Big Questions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We're in the calm between the storms. The one created by Mother Nature has passed; the man-made electoral storm is about to begin. But in the short window before the media goes All Election, All the Time, we should take a moment to ask some big questions. That's what I've found myself doing over nearly a week of living by candlelight once the sun set. Why is it so difficult for us to look around the corner and prevent upcoming disasters, or at least mitigate their impact? Why does it take a disaster to bring out the best in us? Why can't we sustain that best-self spirit even after these storm-battered communities get back on their feet? In a few hours, we're going to get lots of results, but we shouldn't confuse them with answers. Those we'll have to keep looking for ourselves.

Wise Advice from Dr. Ruth on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Dr. Ruth takes a firm stance on the hotly controversial issue of whether to find another partner. "Though it's not your spouse's fault," she says, "you've been abandoned. If you need the love, the companionship and, yes, the sexual gratification of a relationship, then by all means seek one out."