Day 20: Childhood Series – Acknowledging the Hero in Us
Dr. David Clarke discusses why it is important to acknowledge our own difficult emotional experiences from childhood, and to give ourselves credit and praise as “heroes”.
Dr. David Clarke discusses topics including:
- How the exercises in the previous two days of the program can stir-up negative emotion that’s hard to deal with
- How most of us who overcame difficult childhood experiences don’t acknowledge the “hero” in us
- A simple thing you can do to acknowledge yourself
- If you’d be happy to raise your own child just as you were raised, you might not have stressful childhood experiences worthy of this exercise
Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.
Questions for Journaling:
- Have you acknowledged yourself for overcoming the difficult aspects of your childhood?
- If not, why not?
- How can you acknowledge yourself as a “hero” and make this front and center in your day-to-day life?
- On a 1-10 scale, how would you rate your pain today?
- Deep Breathing
- Grand Central Station Meditation
- Driving Meditation
- Negative Self-Talk Exercise
- Body Scan Exercise
- Day 0: Setting Up for Success
- Day 1: Your "Old Back Story"
- Day 2: Understanding ESR
- Day 3: Deep Breathing
- Day 4: Wisdom from a Spine Surgeon
- Day 5: How We Get Programmed for Pain
- Day 6: Type A Personalities
- Day 7: The "Big 4" Emotions
- Day 8: A Case of Childhood Stress
- Day 9: A Case of Current Stress
- Day 10: Cases of Depression and Anxiety
- Day 11: Taking Stock & Survey
- Day 12: Your "Monkey Mind"
- Day 13: Awareness in Day-to-Day Life
- Day 14: Roots of Negative Self-Talk
- Day 15: Living from the Neck Up
- Day 16: The Stress Inventory
- Day 17: Depth Journaling
- Day 18: Raising A Child As You Were Raised
- Day 19: Writing a Letter to Relieve Stress
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