This page is always a work in progress - it will be updated periodically as new resources come my way or as new questions pop up in clinic. Just click on the highlighted text for a direct link to the resources. Have a resource you think others would like too, just email me a link and I'll review it for potential inclusion here.
Stress Reduction and Meditation Resources:
Japanese Mudras (Finger exercises for stress-reduction). Article with illustrations on finger poses that can relieve anxiety and stress. Towards the end of the article there is also a video showing how to do each of the poses.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go There You Are This book has short but impactful passages that act as both meditations and teachings on meditation. This is a great introduction to the power healing that can occur with practicing mindfulness and is appropriate for when you are in the thick of stress.
Anti-inflammatory Diet/Foods (please work with your healthcare provider on the appropriate diet for your health, medications and conditions). I do not recommend any diet :
Be Nourished - I love the philosophy behind this program and have heard many good things about them. In their own words: "We believe that people who live compassionately in the bodies they have will change the world for everyone. We offer programs, workshops, retreats, and e-courses to help people cultivate body trust, as well as counseling, yoga, and naturopathic care to holistically complement the supportive atmosphere we believe is needed to realize long-term body acceptance, an ability to eat intuitively, and the power to psychologically and physically be nourished."
Intuitive Eating: I'm still learning about this approach to eating, but I'm excited about it. It's about rejecting "diet culture", acknowledging that there is very little positive data about the efficacy of any diet, and embracing really getting in touch with our bodies. I'll post more as I learn more, but this link comes highly recommended.
Introduction to foods with anti-inflammatory properties. I like how this site emphases foods to add to your diet versus foods to avoid.
So, the Whole 30 diet... honestly, I love the idea of eating lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat for a month. You don’t need Whole 30 to do that or any “clean food” diet. Whole 30 is a restrictive diet and for some people this can actually trigger cravings and disordered eating. There's tons of research that diets do this! Putting time into playing with cooking from scratch and eating fresh vegetables and fruits can be super beneficial, but I don't encourage my patients to be so restrictive. Whole 30 has become a marketing sensation and you'll now find all sorts of ways you can "buy" into it. Your health doesn't need marketing or extra expenses. To eat from many of their suggestions can also be cost prohibitive and time prohibitive for many people. Most of us can learn to put more kindness into our relationships with our bodies and will benefit more from just trying to eat regularly with compassion for ourselves. If you're set on trying this diet, please be kind to yourself on it and be prepared with emotional support for what it may trigger or bring up for you.
Resources for Marginalized People (including people of color, queer/gender queer people, larger bodied people)
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network - This is an online resource for locating support for queer and trans people of color. The website links to national hotlines as well as directories for queer and trans therapists of color. https://www.nqttcn.com
Association for Size Diversity and Health - Online network for providers and individuals seeking size diversity informed, HAES (Health At Every Size) and HAES informed healthcare providers. "ASDAH envisions a world that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, in which body weight is no longer a source of discrimination and where oppressed communities have equal access to the resources and practices that support health and well being."
Caring for a child with a serious illness or life-threatening injury:
NICU Parents. Advice about navigating a stay in the NICU.
Cancer.Net. A variety of information on preparing a child for treatment and discussing diagnoses with a child. Also has links for teens, young adults and children themselves, as well as information on caring for a terminally ill child.
Caring for a child with special needs? This list looks like an excellent resource for families! I haven't had a chance to check every link, but it seemed worth posting anyway. http://joyfuljourneymom.com/ultimate-list-of-grants-and-resources-for-families-with-special-needs/
Caring for an elder loved one: Self-care for the care-giver:
Loss and Grief Support:
The Dougy Center. Support and information for children and grief; supporting children and young adults through the grieving process. Local to Portland, but also full of resources available to anyone anywhere.
Actively Moving Forward. Support for college students experiencing grief.
Spreading Ashes. Straight forward advice on spreading the ashes of a loved one.
The Grief Diaries. Stylized magazine devoted to the expression of loss in all forms. (I find their Facebook page more useful than the website itself.)
Modern Loss. Website blog dedicated to a candid and informal discussion on loss.