Dr. Sherry Walling is a psychologist, mental health advocate, and author. Her newest book, “Touching Two Worlds,” explores practical strategies for dealing with loss. We’ve all dealt with grief in some way (myself included!) and how we process it can make a big difference not just in our mental health, but our physical health.
Dr. Sherry shares how we can use movement to move feelings through our body and process them in a healthy way. As a mom, Sherry understands how important it is to help children work through these feelings too. I’ve found with my own kids, that something as common as a temper tantrum to release emotions can actually produce beneficial results (more details in this episode!).
I’ve seen so much benefit in using some of these strategies in my own life and I was excited to hear more about it from Dr. Sherry. So I hope you join us today as we dive deep into using movement to ease pain and grief.
Episode Highlights With Sherry Walling
- How she got into flying trapeze as an adult and the reason why
- Her personal story around grief and how it led to her work as a psychologist in helping others
- Tips for navigating the experience of grief with kids and why this is so important
- Words we can use with our kids to help them process emotions
- The stages of grief and how understanding them can help your experience of them
- Ways to use movement to ease grief and pain
- What somatic trained therapists are and how they can help
- How we can move our feelings through our body using movement
- Different types of movement to try to process grief
- Ways to encourage kids to talk (at different ages) and how to support them through it
- One of the biggest factors in someone not becoming significantly depressed from grief
- Strategies to protect the mental wellness of your family
- One of the biggest threats to mental well being for kids especially and how to mitigate it
- Her encouragement to dance every day!
Resources We Mention
- Touching Two Worlds: A Guide for Finding Hope in the Landscape of Loss by Sherry Walling, PhD
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
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