Resizing Your Holiday Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Holiday Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Holiday Expectations While Grieving

Are you facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your holiday expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday…

Kids, Parenting and Holiday Stress

Kids, Parenting and Holiday Stress
The holidays are supposed to be a "happy" time for kids and families; a season filled with wonder and joy. However, the holidays can be very challenging. Some families may become more stressed during the holidays due to busy schedules,...

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

The holiday season can be emotionally taxing for everyone. However, it is often particularly miserable if you are struggling with depression. You know you should be excited to spend time with family and should be enjoying all the preparatory events….

Setting Seasonal Goals to Boost Productivity and Reduce Anxiety

Setting Seasonal Goals to Boost Productivity and Reduce Anxiety
Now that the holiday season is officially here, do you find yourself thinking, “Wait a minute, what happened to my goals for fall?!” Or maybe you're wondering what happened to your goals for summer, or even the entire year. The...

7 Tips on Combatting Holiday Screen Time Creep

7 Tips on Combatting Holiday Screen Time Creep
Most adults think of the holidays as a time for family gatherings filled with food, fun and good conversations. However, children tend to think of the holidays in terms of freedom. Freedom from the structure of bedtimes, practices, school, and...

Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse

Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse
The holiday season may be a difficult time for those in recovery. Spreading yourself too thin, high expectations and fatigue can all lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Stress can also increase with all of the additional activities and time...

Loving Someone Who is Grieving During the Holidays

Loving Someone Who is Grieving During the Holidays
Unfortunately for those who have recently experienced loss and are grieving, grief doesn’t take a holiday. Attempting to navigate a world that is celebrating inevitably intensifies the loss experienced for the person who is grieving. Not only is the grieving...

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays
What do you get when you struggle with anxiety and/or depression and combine lots of family time during the holidays, too much entertaining and a dozen cookies? The opportunity to make a Christmas Cope Ahead plan to help you take...

Fostering Spiritual Resiliency Through Gratitude

Fostering Spiritual Resiliency Through Gratitude
By Pine Rest Chaplain Jim Holwerda "Thank you" is a statement that is so ordinary that the words are often dismissed as a routine courtesy rather than true expression of gratitude. For Meister Eckhart (14th Century Christian Monk), "thank you"...