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Comfort in Difficult Situations

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Welcome back to Consider Yourself Hugged! Click here to listen to Episode 151. OR click YouTube below to watch! (***Disclaimer: We provide these notes as a skeleton for the show - nothing fancy 馃槃)

Join us today as Michelle shares a personal story of being with her sister in the ER and then guides us in a conversation centered on finding comfort. This is our last episode of the season, so be sure to stay in touch!

What gives you comfort in difficult situations?

路 Humor!

路 Having people around you

路 Having someone ask you what you need or if you need help.

路 Warmth: blankets, holding warm beverages like hot chocolate, heating pad, being swaddled.

路 Beautiful spaces

路 Mindfulness/meditation

路 Exercise

路 Food

路 Sharing a meal with someone

路 Therapeutic uncomfortable silence 馃槉

路 Be present when others need us

路 Connecting to something greater

路 Being accepting of people where they are

路 Be comfortable being uncomfortable

Comfort Theory: Any type of healing can be enhanced by comfort. The comfort domains are:

路 Physical

路 Sociocultural

路 Psychospiritual

路 Environmental

On the flip side, comfort can be frowned upon. For example the belief that Comfort is the enemy of progress. This can be used in physical training like Cross-fit.

Let鈥檚 look at it this way: You can鈥檛 feel physical comfort while you are building yourself physically, but you can feel comfort emotionally/mentally while going through difficult situations.

How much of our comfort is related to safety?

Today's Links:

Mental Health Resources: National Alliance of Mental Illness

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The information in this show is not intended to be therapy or to address your individual situation. It is information based on my experiences, opinions, and research. If you need further help, please reach out to one of the resources mentioned in the show notes.

Michelle Kixmiller, MSN, MAE, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC Michelle Kixmiller is a Board Certified

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Educator. She works with children and adults with mental health needs including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Michelle served as a public school teacher and science department chair for over a decade when a family tragedy pulled her in a different direction. The death of her younger brother after a multiple year battle with depression and alcoholism led her to pursue a career in the mental health field. She went back to school to become a registered nurse graduating and gaining experience as a critical care nurse at a level 1 regional burn center prior to completing a graduate degree to become a mental health nurse practitioner. Her vision is holistic care through teamwork to create a more peaceful school environment for students and staff alike. No one should have to struggle alone. Michelle currently works full time for a non-profit community mental health center at an outpatient clinic and works PRN for an inpatient crisis stabilization unit. When not at work she loves spending time with family, traveling, watching movies (not scary ones), running (slowly), and Crossfit. Contact Michelle at Silver Lining Psychiatric Solutions, 615-378-7713 or

Grace Lichtenstein, MS

I am an award-winning international speaker/trainer, psychotherapist, coach, consultant, and a huge fan of all things nap-related. For over 25 years, I have been working with individuals and corporate teams to improve their health, become more productive, and reduce their stress. Through my training in both Western and Eastern wellness philosophies (including a BA in Psychology, an MS in Counseling Psychology, and certifications in addiction treatment), I truly have a comprehensive view of "what works". In addition, my diverse experience working with thousands of people in all 50 states and in 25 other countries (ranging from native New Yorkers to Native Alaskans and from the FBI to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), has allowed me to pinpoint some of the universal characteristics of successful individuals and teams.

Through my signature online, on-demand coaching program or with one of my live training or speaking sessions, I provide the tools to help almost every individual and team reach their true potential: healthier, more productive, and less stressed.

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Tami has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, school nutrition, corporate sales, and 10 years as a public-school teacher. In 2013 she received her PhD in Human Development, studying the connections among stress, emotions, and identity. She is so passionate about removing the mental health stigma that she recently became a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Dr. West has spoken in 48 states across the US, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. In any given year, Tami speaks to groups with audiences consisting of anywhere from 100 to 3,000 people.

Her audiences are diverse and include Danbury Federal Prison inmates, teachers, administrative assistants, food service, and senior executives at Social Security Administration.

Dr. West is the author of several successful publications including two books: The Stress Club, Life Without the Monsters and Thrive. She is a mother of eight in a blended family and enjoys reading historical fiction, traveling with her husband Tim and family, and watching The Big Bang Theory.

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