By: Justin Hill
It’s that time of year again. Time to enjoy overloading on lots of food for Thanksgiving. Time to purchase presents for loved ones for Christmas. But also a time for holiday blues in the form of stress, anxiety, and depression.
"Weathering" is a concept that Dr. Hill recently describs as a special kind of coping strategy. This idea is worth sharing with you, so I thought I would do this week’s article on some thoughts he came up with, and my interpretation of those.
The dictionary definition of Weathering is:
Although not commonly used as a coping strategy term, Weathering has much to offer as a way to deal with a wide range of emotional stressors.
“To bear up against and come safely though (as in a storm, or danger, or trouble, etc.”
Robert’s thoughts on the concept of weathering in relation to psychological issue and therapy:
The good life, or the life worth living, is finding the ups and avoiding the downs. This is what everyone’s after, but try as we may, there’s our fair share of downs to confront. As a practicing psychotherapist, I encounter people when they’re down. With a prospective client, the conversation often starts like this:
“Doctor, I’m depressed, anxious, lost, out-of-sorts, suicidal. Been this way who knows how long. Can’t keep living like this.”
Endless variations on this theme exist, but what’s common across all is a distress call.
Boiled down to one word: despair.
I was thinking about my looks and my personal image lately. Just yesterday, I was struggling with my self-image – much of it was how I think of myself as a person, and my worth in this world. A great thing I did was change my environment, my behavior, and in essence, my thoughts.
I did something really simple: I took a quick walk, which turned into some dinner, and finally ended in more walking. It helped clear my head, and it got me thinking about this topic of self-esteem/self-image, and the collections of thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. that lead us to develop our own self-image and what that means.
There’s a lot of things that stress can lead to. One of those things can actually be hair loss. The temporary hair loss that can come from stress is known as telogen effluvium. Stressful events such as losing a job, severe relationship strife, and significant financial events can lead to telogen effluvium.
By: Justin Hill
I’m sure you’ve heard that gift-giving can be beneficial to you in more ways than one. Perhaps you’ve heard a blanket statement that gift-giving is beneficial, without knowing how it benefits you. Well, I’m going to break down some specifics on how gift giving can benefit you.
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