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What To Do For The Holiday BluesBy Rev. Jeanne Hanson
Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs
Holidays are some of the hardest times for those who have lost loved ones recently or who live alone, or who feel outside of the hustle and bustle of holiday parties and religious celebrations. People who have suffered from depression or are struggling with grief often find that Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years are especially difficult times. Trying to put on a happy face gets old fast and if you work or go to any store it’s impossible to avoid the seasonal soundtracks and decorations assaulting the senses. Are you a Scrooge to want to hide until January 2nd? No, not at all. You’re smart to recognize your limits. Here are some ways to cope with the holiday blues.
1. Share your struggle with someone you trust who won’t judge and is a good listener. It could be a friend, family member, clergy or counselor, as long as you feel safe, supported and heard.
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How to boost your emotional resilienceEver dealt with a really difficult situation? We've all had our emotional resilience tested. Sometimes it feels like you just want to give up.
How do the toughest people summon the will to keep going? Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney have studied resilient people for over 20 years. They spoke with Vietnam prisoners of war, Special Forces instructors, and civilians who dealt with terrible experiences like medical problems, abuse, and trauma.
HOPEWe all experience difficult times when despair, anxiety, trauma, loss or change feels overwhelming. You're not alone, and there are ways to get through the pain.
HELPOur therapists meet you wherever you are on life’s journey. It’s a safe place to help clarify life's complicated problems and gain new skills in addressing the issues.
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