Lifeskills Development

We are not born with Lifeskills, nor do we learn them in school. We need to have them modeled for us as we develop from children to adults. Often this process of modeling healthy Lifeskills is lacking.

It is, of course, never too late to develop healthy Lifeskills. But they are not necessarily something you can teach yourself. Yes, some skills are accessible and self-taught through reflection and becoming more self aware, but often the practical skills are best learned through support, collaboration and having someone simply show you. Developing healthy Lifeskills may take the stimulation and support of another person, an ally. This person could be a professional, a friend, a family member, but they must possess certain qualities. They must be non-judgmental, non shaming, safe, have good self awareness, accept you exactly where you are, be respectful and be collaborative. We are in the business of Ally Support and helping individuals develop Lifeskills

Well developed Lifeskills translate into:
• A competency level in basic life management
• An ability to positively affect the world around us
• An ability to act on the world, not react (make poor decisions)
• Healthy self esteem and confidence

The absence of healthy Lifeskills can:
• Be a barrier to healing form pain
• Be a powerful trigger for relapse

Some examples of Healthy Lifeskills might be:
• Self-care
• Self soothing
• Effective Communication
• Relationship Building
• Money Management (understanding how money works)
• Organizing Strategies
• Problem Solving
• Creating healthy living environment
• Meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation
• Time Management