If you've ever experienced an allergic reaction, or witnessed your child experiencing one, then you're likely familiar with how it can feel afterwards - once the reaction is over. These emotions and thoughts may include feelings such as fear, worry, sadness, or even guilt, and explorations to try and understand what happened in order to prevent it from happening again.
For some, they may process through this phase quickly, while others take longer. Some may even find themselves becoming stuck along the way, unable to find their way back to navigating food allergies confidently.
New podcast episode on this topic!
In episode 9 of the Exploring Food Allergy Families podcast, I'm joined by fellow allergy-informed clinician, psychologist Fawn McNeil-Haber, PhD.
Together, we explore common feelings and thoughts that many may feel for days, weeks or even months after a reaction. We explore how those emotional reactions may lead to common behavioral changes and actions. Additionally, we share strategies to help people through this while on the journey back to confidently managing food allergies. [These tips may be helpful for parents and allergic kids, teens, and adults].
|T.R.A.C.E. Post-Anaphylaxis Tips PDF - Tamara Hubbard, LCPC|
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- The standard definition versus Brene Brown's definition
- HOW and IF weakness plays a role in vulnerability
- Real life examples from Brene's research
- What role time plays in vulnerability and lack of confidence in managing allergies
- Food allergy-related vulnerability examples
- 5 steps to work WITH vulnerability rather than AGAINST it
Find them here via the podcast website, or find Exploring Food Allergy Families on your favorite podcast app!
And while it may be tempting to just read the handout without listening to the episode, the additional context within the episode is extremely helpful as well!
|5 Steps to Navigate Vulnerability & Food Allergies (Handout)|
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Food Allergy Thinking Traps
What are thinking traps?
Thinking traps, or cognitive distortions, are thought patterns that often lead us to feel anxiety, worry or self-doubt. They can make us care too much what others think, doubt our own abilities, think outcomes will always be negative, and often derail us from using healthy skills/tools that actually help us navigate situations. (Check out some common thinking traps examples listed on Anxiety Canada Youth as a reference.)
For food allergy-specific examples, as well as an interactive worksheet you can use to examine and challenge your own thinking traps, check out the Food Allergy Thinking Traps activity worksheet below. (Offered in two downloadable formats)
that will be shared over time!
In addition to publishing them via this Food Allergy Counselor website (in the Resource Section), I will also share them via the Food Allergy Counselor Directory & Website Facebook page, as well as my Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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