Coping made easy

A Guide for Coping

Coping During the Holidays

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Coping can be difficult during the holidays especially when there’s been loss. We may be alone or feel alone even when we are with others. Taking care of ourselves and coping through feelings of aloneness doesn’t mean we can’t be sad – sometimes we need to be sad. It does mean that we find ways to be comfortable with ourselves just as we are. Here are some ideas for coping:

– Spending time with friends we like

– Cuddling with animals

– Listening to music that inspires us

– Cooking something special and tasty

– Watering the plants and taking care to prune them

– Doing something that makes us laugh like watch a funny movie

– Reading something spiritual and uplifting that makes us think

– Walking in nature

– Reaching out and helping someone else in need

This video – a interactive poem about being alone – also offers ways to cope. Enjoy it and have a great holiday!

 

 

 

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Author: Dr. Ann Goelitz

Dr. Goelitz is a writer and a scholar with a wide scope of clinical experience, ranging from working with trauma survivors after September 11th to her role as a psychiatric social worker at a top New York hospital. For the past ten plus years, she has specialized in her private practice on cognitive behavioral therapy, dream analysis, and EMDR, helping clients navigate transitions and heal from trauma and loss. A seasoned educator, she has done extensive public speaking, published numerous articles, and co-authored an award winning resource directory for caregivers. Her soon-to-be published book, From trauma to healing, has received endorsement and accolades from leaders in the field of trauma. Her latest writing projects include a book on how to cope with stress written with both laypeople and professionals in mind. She has taught at Columbia University and Hunter College.

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