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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Health and Fitness, Holidays, News, Self Esteem

Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues

Many gatherings with family and friends filled your time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The holidays – and all of the fun (and stress)  they brought – are now past. Schedules were busy.  It’s now January 2nd. Back to real life! The return to regular life after all of the festivities can sometimes throw you off balance. Here are a few tips to make a smooth transition into the New Year. Find your regular routine The holidays are a time for extra treats – sweets, rich meals, an extra glass of wine or other favorite beverage. Staying up late, sleeping in and other activities that are not part of your usual routine can make it difficult to return to work. The sooner you can get back on track, the better you will feel. Cultivate some new interests Did you learn something new over the holidays? Take some time to explore more about it by reading a book about the subject or perhaps take a class at your local...

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Posted on Jan 1, 2018 in Depression, Holidays, News, Self Esteem, Therapy

A Simple Project for the New Year

As the holidays are come to a close, here is an idea to keep you focused on the good things that are to come in 2018. A simple way to focus on the positive Find a jar, a vase or some other decorative container. At the end of each week, write down something good that happened to you during the week. This simple act can help keep you focused on the positive and good things each week. At the end of the year, on New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and read through the wonderful things that you experienced. Need more help? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are ready to help you live a positive and happier life. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your situation. Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Depression, Holidays, News, Therapists, Therapy

Holiday Season & Depression

  Christmas is past and the New Year is days away. Even with all of the celebrations happening, not everyone finds the holiday season one to be joyful about. The holidays can be depressing for some people. Some people have lower moods during this time for various reasons. Other people have a lower mood due to the shortening of the daylight. 11 Ways to fight holiday season depression This list is not to minimize those feelings at all. Rather, it is to acknowledge that the holiday season can be difficult for many and some may want to try to lift their mood in a healthy manner. A suggestion before looking at this list is to look at your feelings and acknowledge them; do not try to dismiss them. Set aside some time in the day to think about your feelings so that you do honor them. Then take a look at this list and choose one or two things you can do each day to lift your mood. Gratitude....

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Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Counseling, Holidays, News, Stress, Therapy

Finding Peace Amid Holiday Stress

As the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays quickly approach, it can be easy to get swept up in the hustle, bustle and whirlwind of work parties, family gatherings, bursting budgets and a seemingly endless to-do list. With radio stations playing Christmas carols for over three weeks, you may not be feeling jolly or peaceful. How can you even think of a “silent night” when you are trying to work, clean your house, buy presents (and wrap them, too?), bake cookies and prepare meals for all of those holiday festivities? It becomes easy to lose your joy – and every sense of peace – during the many celebrations. Suggestions to find peace Here are a few suggestions for taking a moment – for finding peace amid the holiday stress – to take care of yourself: Take a few minutes to quiet your mind – close your eyes or look at a soothing image, take a few deep breaths. There are many guided meditations available online for free. If you...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Social Anxiety, Stress

3 Ways to Relieve Holiday Anxiety

Why are the holidays, especially the Christmas season, loaded with stress? Doesn’t it seem that the hustle and bustle of the shopping season, scrambling to find that perfect gift, cause more people to be anxious? Can you find natural remedies for anxiety that really work during this time? This article will outline three problems of the holidays and natural ways that you can handle the symptoms of stress and reduce anxiety so that your holiday season will be peaceful and enjoyable. That being said, if you have a serious medical condition that requires prescribed medicine, make sure to follow your doctor’s orders. Three Reasons Anxiety Surfaces During the Holiday Season 1. High Expectations of “The Perfect Gift” Let’s face it. When Christmas becomes commercial, it is easy to base your self-worth on the opinions of what others think. You can do that in two ways – the gifts that you expect from others and the gifts that others expect from you. Both of those expectations cause stress and anxiety...

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Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Holidays, Stress

‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly?

With Thanksgiving Day a distant memory, the Christmas season is fully upon us. How can we cope during “the most wonderful time of the year”? The key may be to take the time to do some planning! Read on for a few suggestions! Make a list, check it twice! A bit of time spent planning will bring organization to the holiday season. Make a list of events and tasks to do – either on paper or electronically. Set reminders for yourself on your electronic calendar. Easy does it on the wallet The pressure to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list does not have to make you lose sleep. Take the time to plan a budget for shopping; take the list with when shopping – and keep it next to your computer for online shopping. Suggest that family and friends do a grab bag. Consider giving the gift of time, rather than an item you may not be able to afford. Ditch the stress Choose carefully which...

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