WINTER 2022 | Vol. 5
Official newsletter of Synergy Strive Coaching & The Psychiatric Practice of Steven M. Gordon & Associates
What's In This Issue:
- The Chain of Human Dignity
- Holiday Guide to Self-Care with Depression & Anxiety
- Meet our newest team members!
HELP for the Holidays!
It's that time of year again! 'Tis the season for greeting cards, light displays, family gatherings, holiday parties, and so much more. Millions of Americans look forward to the holidays so much, they begin shopping and decorating long before December. For others, the holidays can be excruciatingly long, lonely, and downright depressing. Maybe they have painful memories of previous holidays. Maybe they've recently lost a loved one. Perhaps they don't celebrate, and feel left out. It can be an emotional time for all.
In this issue, we'll look out how we can best care for ourselves while also trying to lift others around us, all while trying to navigate what can be an extremely stressful time for many. We'll also introduce you to three new talented clinicians who have joined Synergy Strive! We hope the information in this newsletter helps you find some joy in the season. Remember though: your mental health, and those of your loved ones, comes first. If you are struggling, or know someone who is struggling, please reach out for help.
Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!
The Chain of Human Dignity
Written by Steven M Gordon, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Chain of Human Dignity: Holidays of Hope
Holidays!! What does that mean in your heart, emotions, soul, and mental health? This is a time that can bring joy, love, connectedness, and nurturance for many as they celebrate faith and renewal. For many others, this season brings darkness, loneliness, anger, and despair. My challenge is to restore HOPE in human connections and relationships.
Consider the possibility of edifying, or nurturing, yourself while taking care of those around you who are in need or who may be hurting, lonely, sad or in despair. In the process, those with whom you share an act of kindness will give back to you through their own connectedness, love and joy. Helping others, making others smile, uplifting someone’s spirit all can edify ourselves, giving us a sense of purpose while activating others’ HOPE as well as our own.
The Chain of Human Dignity has infinite links. Your link is balanced by internal stress and external stressors (work, family, etc.) which may be amplified by additional stressors during the holidays. It’s time to buy gifts, decorate the house, attend holiday parties, bake treats, coordinate celebrations, and send greetings. Food and gift shopping may be extra stressful due to higher prices and smaller budgets. Maybe the whole family is reuniting for the first time after the pandemic. How will everyone interact and celebrate with each other since the election?! While the holidays can offer joy and togetherness, it can also come with a great deal of stress and anxiety.
Internal stress can become very destructive to not only us, but also to our families, as well as those we interact with on a daily basis. Internal stress can also create or exacerbate medical problems, making the holidays even more unpleasant. You may feel you have very little to give to others, or are at your wit’s end. But remember, you are one link in the Chain of Human Dignity. It only takes one smile, one kind word of encouragement, one good deed to light someone else’s internal light of hope, and then this light can be passed on and on. This will ultimately give you a sense of peace if you allow your heart to be open to it.
HOPE. We all have hope inside which energizes us to wake up every morning to start our day. This hope ignites the flame of resiliency within us. Some of us during this holiday season have the ability to feel joy, laughter, love, connectedness, and nurturance. However, some are struggling, so this is how the Chain of Human Dignity works; passing our internal hope to another in order to fan their internal flame of hope.
The Chain of Human Dignity links us all together by our interactions day to day. The Chain of Human Dignity is about us giving a smile, encouragement, saying hello, offering a helping hand or uplifting compliments in all of our interactions, whether it’s with your child’s teacher, a school counselor, the checkout person at the grocery store, or even yourself. We are ALL a part of the human connection.