The days following Thanksgiving can be tough. A holiday can be relaxing, but it can also be filled with remorse. It can be a reminder of what was and a trigger for what you wish things could be. From overindulging (food, alcohol, shopping) to spending too much time with toxic people, it’s the time of year when we need the most help.
In an effort to cope, we draw on what’s worked in the past. Sometimes we’re able to rely on things like exercise, meditation and talking with good friends. Other times we need more help.
This week our bloggers are doling out simple tools to get you back on track. Whether you’re struggling to maintain healthy boundaries with unhealthy relatives or dealing with anxiety, you’ll relearn old skills and rediscover new ways to cope.
Art Therapy – Do You Have To Know How To Draw? #NHBPM
(Mental Health Humor) – What childhood skill could reduce your anxiety, increase self-esteem and deal with emotional conflicts? You don’t have to be an artist to gain the plethora of benefits that comes from drawing. Here’s how it can be good therapy.
Dissociation: Scary word, common experience
(After Trauma) – There are a lot of misconceptions about dissociation a.k.a. multiple personality disorder. This post debunks some of the myths out there and in doing so, shows that it’s not as scary as you think.
How to Respond to Boundary Violations: Do’s and Don’ts
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – The holiday season is a good time to practice healthy boundary setting. How do you know if someone is crossing your boundaries? Learn the who, what, and how of violating behavior and find out what you can do about it.
Knowing Your ABC’s: Achievable, Believable & Conceivable
(Partners in Wellness) – It’s possible to transform a bad day, a sullen mood or even a pessimistic outlook into a more positive one. Read how here.
Internalizing Chronic Pain
(Living With Chronic Pain) – Sometimes when we’re in pain we hide it from others. We do it to protect our loved ones, to keep our friends, to appear “normal.” But at what expense? This post shows us the price we pay by holding in our pain.
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Uyemura, B. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: December 3, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 10, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/03/best-of-our-blogs-december-3-2013/