STRATEGIES FOR CHANGE How To Face A Major Loss
Resources help you to find ideas and solutions to the problems you face.
Understanding what has happened, seeking support, and finding good resources, like books and essays, gives you a head start to a new life.
When you need advice, where do you go? Who do you talk to? Whose opinion do you trust? Why?
Life changes, whether initiated by you, or brought about through trauma and upheaval, demand patience and clear thinking. You may want to retreat from the chaos and damage you’re feeling, and this can be done in different ways.
A retreat center offers a variety of services by persons trained and skilled in all aspects of healthy living. Program administrators can direct you to a full Wellness evaluation, or you can choose in what area you need help.
Private counselors and therapists will help you sort out what changes need to be made, and how best to accomplish that.
There are groups specific to aspects of Wellness - such as nutrition, exercise, spirituality - in which a leader initiates discussion, and participants may contribute, ask questions or just listen.
Friends and family - The people in our lives who know and love us often want to help, and will offer suggestions. Unless they are experts on the subject, I recommend thanking them, and then deciding whether to make a change by yourself, or seek professional help.
You’re in charge of your life. You have to do the work, and you reap the benefits.
What you'll find here to help you:
Who I am
My name is Judy Strong. I am an author, speaker and grief facilitator. I grew up in Wisconsin and spent most of my life in Minnesota.
I was widowed at age fifty, with children still at home. It changed everything, and challenged my ability to cope with loss, rebuild a family, and create a new life.
I have written two books, many articles and blog posts, and I led seminars for eleven years. Today I do research on loss, grief, change, growth and healing. These resources are the core of my internet business, Survive Strong Resources.
My four children today are independent, and I continue my commitment to inform and help those experiencing loss and wanting to change their lives. My website, www.judystrong.com serves to guide and support individuals wanting to grow and work toward Wellness.
My Wellness path has taken me to places and experiences that enriched my life, and also challenged my perceptions. I never really thought about Wellness as I managed life's ups and downs, but ran across the word/concept while researching loss and healing. I love learning and exploring new ideas, so it has given me a project that piques my curiosity and makes me a happier and more fulfilled person.
I am currently living in Calgary, Alberta, CA but will be returning to the states in a few months. I plan to locate in Tucson, Arizona, but I always keep my options open.
What you can expect on my website.
Wanting or needing to make changes in your life usually is a scary undertaking. At first, there are more questions than answers. But it doesn't have to be a daunting task. You can evaluate your situation, jot down some options and do a little research to get started.
Strategies for change include many choices, including Retreat Centers designed specifically for healing or wholeness, personal counselling, groups that share ideas and give support, or you can go it alone. There are also courses on the internet that may be self guided or led by a professional.
I will be adding resources as I find them and encourage readers to ask questions, make comments or share ideas on the contact page.
Start with you. If a situation needs immediate attention, do whatever gives you some comfort and relief, while you look for a more permanent solution.
You can always change your mind.
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