Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

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 managing depression during the holidays. You know you should be excited to spend time with family and should be enjoying…

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...

Gratitude: Finding Three Good Things Each Day

Gratitude: Finding Three Good Things Each Day

When was the last time you actively looked for and reflected upon the positives in your life? Taking the time to recognize these positives encourages us, lifts our spirits and empowers us, especially when we share them with others. Below…

Tips for a Peaceful Thanksgiving with Family

Tips for a Peaceful Thanksgiving with Family

As we enter into the holiday season, some of us may feel increased levels of stress as we begin to wonder what family gatherings are going to include. Will there be political arguments around the dinner table? Will we be…

From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

I remember saying in my first year of recovery, “For this holiday season, I am actually going to cook Christmas dinner for my family for the first time in a long time!” The truth was; I cared more about my serenity. It turned out well, and the family was grateful for the meal and time spent together.

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” For most of us, Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people…

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

How to Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment

Non-stop commercials bombard us, trying to convince us we need whatever it is they are selling. Even the best of us can find ourselves fending off the internal “I want” mantra. While the “gimmes” seem to come naturally for most…

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

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

Holiday Tips: When Family Comes Together

Holiday Tips: When Family Comes Together

When family comes together at your household, does it feel more like an experiment than a gathering of love, laughter and respect? We have entered the season when families will gather at their own expanded dining room tables with hopes…

A Patient’s Story of Hope and Motherhood

A Patient’s Story of Hope and Motherhood

Two weeks after giving birth to my second daughter, I realized I was suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). The signs were familiar as I had experienced the same symptoms after my first child was born, three years earlier. I understood…