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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 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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Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Anger, Depression, Holidays, News, Stress, Therapy

Five Tips for Dealing With Family Conflicts During the Holidays

In an ideal world, holidays are a time of unadulterated love and joy where close-knit families come together to spend quality time with one another. Unfortunately, this is not that world. Here things are far from ideal. Families quarrel, relationships break, and people get hurt all the time. And the holidays are no exception. Problem is, the hurt, the disappointment, the anger, the frustration, and the heartache magnify when there is a family conflict during the holidays. It could be a fight between spouses, a conflict between two or more generations in the family (you and your in-laws, or you and the children), quarreling between adult siblings who don’t get along anymore, and it could be so much more. It could be a new family conflict in the holidays. It could be long-standing family disagreements which will come afresh in the holidays. Or it could simply be years of growing apart within the family such that spending the holidays together feels ‘forced’ to you or to them. The bad...

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