Seth F. Abrams

Message from Seth:

My mission is to help people deal with personal and / or medical crisis by sharing the tools and exercises that worked for me during my own period of challenge. When I was struggling to recover from an aortic dissection and stroke, I had no one to guide me through the fallout, so I vowed that once I was literally back on my feet, I'd play that role for others in a similar situation.

Are you worried or afraid about what the future holds and need to vent? Let me be the one who listens, because I know what you're going through. Let me be your sounding board. I can also work with your friends and family to help them understand and provide you with the support you need. I will help you develop a plan for the future, complete with goals and dreams that may very well come true. They certainly did for me.

Here are some words of wisdom and exercises that I resorted to frequently.

FIND THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN EACH AND EVERY DAY:

While stuck in a hospital bed for nearly three months, I learned how to recognize and appreciate the small things, which I liked to think of as golden nuggets, that reminded me how each day contains particles of joy in some form or another. These 'nuggets' included:

  • visiting friends and family
  • caring and supportive occupational therapists
  • iced coffee (can't live without it!)

As my mobility improved, that list expanded to include concerts, movies, and other pleasures that that balanced out the pain, challenge, loneliness and frustration of rehab.

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU DOES MAKE YOU STRONGER:

Yes, the cliché does actually hold true when it comes to health. Enduring a medical debacle automatically thrusts that individual into an elite category of a survivor, a strong person, who was pushed into a fire and made it through.

PMA AND A SENSE OF HUMOR GO A LONG WAY

Keeping a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) during life's difficulties will act as an emotional, mental, and physical compass in dealing with and making sense of it all. Be warned: it's not easy. That's partly why so many people throw in the towel when life pitches them a curve ball.

It's important to remember that we create our exterior reality by the way we think and believe. All of us are tested and even traumatized by circumstances beyond our control, but what we can control is our reaction to these situations. Our thoughts can affect the influence the world has on us. You have more control over your mental and emotional well-being than you might think.

MUSIC IS THERAPY

It's a proven fact that the human body automatically responds to music. Melody heals, even if you're not consciously aware of it at the time.

During times of crisis, a person struggles through a broad range of emotions: sadness, anger, loneliness, desperation, etc. Music will serve as the co-pilot that navigates you through each emotion. I can help you choose the appropriate music your body and soul will respond to.