The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression, but with Individual Counseling with Terri Clinton Dichiser at Take Charge, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas, Terri provides a safe, comfortable environment that allows you to put your thoughts and feelings into words, without fear of criticism or judgment.
There are some ways to help with depression during the holidays. They include:
1) Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s okay to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season. When you are in Individual Counseling, Terri believes that healing and understanding go together and most of life’s issues, including feeling depressed or lonely during the holidays, can be managed through a consistent commitment to yourself.
2) Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships. If this is having a negative ability to live a fulfilled life during the holidays, Terri will help you bring that area under control.
3) Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
4) Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. You go to a doctor when you are physically sick, you go to a salon to get your hair cut. Choose a counselor who is qualified to help you with your issues. Terri, located in Overland Park Kansas, offers 15 years of counseling experience and more than 22 years of working with Individual Counseling and families.
To make an appointment with Terri at Take Charge, Inc., call (913) 239-8255 and make the holiday season easier on yourself.