Friday, June 12, 2009

Trust Yourself

Former Yale University chaplain Dr. Jerry Streets is an expert in helping understand the dynamics of a crisis and what you need to survive and thrive.

The crisis triggers that lead to losing faith in yourself and your decision-making are everywhere. In these uncertain times, people are facing the loss of a job, their home, hard-earned retirement savings or a sense of loss by the betrayal of those we’ve trusted who are close to you, or by those who we thought would protect our interests. In some instances the sense of loss of security can be caused by a world event. These can all result in our difficulty to shake off a sense of vulnerability.

In order to overcome these challenges and thrive, you have to recognize that you have to first take care of yourself and trust yourself.

A critical step in taking care of ourselves is how we think. Most of us understand the importance of taking care of our physical well-being but don’t have a mental health plan for ourselves. However, the ability to be able to think in healthy terms is what allows us to move forward and to trust our decision-making about relationships or life decisions in general.

An internationally recognized counselor, Dr. Streets has led and participated in delegations to teach how to help those who have been traumatized around the world cope with loss. He shares his skills, insights and strategies on self-care - heIping audiences understand the dynamics of their challenge and how to work through it to feel better again.