4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season

novermber calendarAlthough the holidays can be a time of happiness and joy, they can also come with a multitude of stressors.  Finances are often a stressor during the holidays, particularly for parents.  Memories of loved ones we’ve lost, a demanding schedule of activities and being alone can all increase feelings of stress at this time of year.

When you’re likely to be faced with a multitude of stressors, it can be helpful to implement a few strategies including having home health care services for your family early in the season that can pay off, in terms of lower stress levels, all season long. The Functional Medicine Associates is one of the leading figures in Functional Medicine in the UK and you can find guidance with your anxiety and stress and seek for medical help. Continue reading “4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season” »

DBT and Distressed Elephants: An Expert Interview with Renee Hoekstra

An Elephant in the Room

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Renee Hoekstra, Psy.D. about her practice, finding a quiet moment and how elephants can teach us something about our emotions.  I'm happy to share with you, today, what she had to say.

Christy:  In your practice you focus on reducing suffering that accompanies misery, isolation, disconnection, alienation and loneliness.  How do you approach these problems?

Renee:  These problems can be very profound and rarely made public. What I really enjoy about some of the DBT material is that if offers qualitative information about the types of experiences people have, the reasons and causes for some of these experiences, and a way of making sense, sort of speak, of these experiences.

Clients come to my groups and have tremendous difficulty putting words on experience as well as organizing and understanding their own behaviors. It can be quite powerful to find they are not alone. Continue reading “DBT and Distressed Elephants: An Expert Interview with Renee Hoekstra” »