Don't let chronic or toxic stress undermine your life, relationship, and the mediation process. Your health, well-being and parental adjustment (psychological adjustment of parents which significantly impact children's well-being) are key components to a productive mediation process, its outcome and moving forward in your life. This self-care assessment can help guide you on tending to areas of your life that facilitate healthy brain development and functioning and will better help you to be emotionally and psychologically prepared for mediation. It is recommended that you seek counseling for you and or your children during this difficult time. Having emotional support from a competent and compassionate professional can be invaluable during this challenging period in you and your children's life. You can either ask me, your mediation, for a referral or go to PsychologyToday. Participating in a divorce support group can be beneficial as well; Divorce Care.
For substance abuse treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous,, Narcotics Anonymous or Al-anon, click in the links provided.
The Day of Your Mediation
The day of your mediation, it is important that you get to treat mediation like you are preparing for a very important exam; (1) be well rested, (2) eat a hearty meal, (3) relax your mind and body with mindfulness practices such as meditation, prayer, conversing calmly with family and friends. Polyvagal theory provides context for these important practices which ultimately saves you time, money, energy and greatly increases the chances of being successful in mediation.