Dropping An Anchor – Holding Steady in a Storm and Keeping Your Thinking Brain Online

We have just finalised some resources to help you navigate stormy times in your family.

Our family means everything to us and so when there is a difficulty, disagreement or change in our family it can leave us feeling unsafe and wobbly. When feeling unsafe, emotions run high and we struggle to act rationally. We can end up saying and doing things we later regret and things quickly escalate within the family.

Have a look at our article in Family Resources around “Managing Your Threat Brain”.

Below we have some tips for “dropping an anchor” in the storm to help get your thinking and emotional parts of your brain connected. From this place, you will be better equipped to manage whatever is going on in your family.

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"Dr Andrea Shortland’s session for MediaCom on a children’s mental health was incredibly informative"

“Dr Andrea Shortland’s session for MediaCom on a children’s mental health was incredibly informative. During the second period of lockdown and home-schooling; parents and children found themselves again in a period of upheaval and transition. Many parents and carers were extremely worried about their children’s mental health and their own ability to be present and engaged whilst also playing the role of teacher and care giver. Dr Shortland gave attendees an insight into how many parents were feeling; tips on supporting children and helping them cope whilst studying from home and also managing their mental health. She also helped us realise the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to effectively support our children. It was such a useful session that we realise it was also pertinent for not only children’s mental health but also adults! We will be holding another session with Dr Andrea and MediaCom soon.”

Avelon Thompson, MediaCom (following a parenting workshop)