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How Therapy In Las Vegas Can Help When You’re Feeling Unmotivated

Procrastination and lack of motivation often occur when someone is feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, depressed or anxious. Regardless of why you’re feeling unmotivated, discovering the root cause of it can help you overcome it. Seeking therapy in Las Vegas can help you figure out why you feel the way you do, while overcoming your lack of […]

Procrastination and lack of motivation often occur when someone is feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, depressed or anxious. Regardless of why you’re feeling unmotivated, discovering the root cause of it can help you overcome it. Seeking therapy in Las Vegas can help you figure out why you feel the way you do, while overcoming your lack of motivation to feel better and get yourself back on track.

 

Determine Your Underlying Feelings

How Therapy In Las Vegas Can Help When Youre Feeling UnmotivatedLow motivation and procrastination are often the result of other emotions you may be feeling. Determining the underlying feelings that may be affecting your motivation can make it easier to find solutions.

When you procrastinate or feel unmotivated you may really be:

  • Overwhelmed
  • Fatigued
  • Depressed or anxious

At times, things can seem so overwhelming you lose your motivation to even begin a task or project. Whether you feel overwhelmed by work, mundane tasks, family obligations (or all three), look at your goals for the day and remove some of them from your list, until you feel less overwhelmed.

Feeling tired or fatigued can be caused by lack of sleep, but it can also be a result of resting too much. When you’re feeling down, you may tend to take it too easy, which can sap your energy even more. There’s no need to feel guilty about it – simply putting one foot in front of the other and taking a short walk can help raise your energy level.

 

Thinking of Doing Your Most Dreaded Task First? Don’t.

A lot of people who feel unmotivated think doing their hardest task first will help make them productive. While this works sometimes, even thinking about it can cause you to procrastinate even more. Think about which task is within abilities, right here and now.

Even if you have a big project looming, sometimes “warming up” by completing small tasks can be a great motivator. Taking five or ten minutes to do something small like throwing in a load of laundry or emptying the dishwasher can help you get going on more involved or challenging tasks.

 

What’s Your Reward?

Performing any task for more than 60 minutes at a time can be overwhelming and exhausting. Break bigger projects down into 30-minute sessions, and then take a break. Figure out how you plan to reward yourself before you even start working. Choose something you enjoy, whether it’s chatting with a friend, taking a walk, doing a few minutes of yoga or browsing the internet for those new shoes you need.

Nourish Yourself

Sure, drinking tons of coffee may seem like a good way to get motivated, but it can actually lead to anxiety and cause a caffeine crash that will end up making you tired. Figure out what works for you through trial and error. For example, if eating a healthy lunch and drinking a cup of green tea in the middle of the day gives you a little boost, go for it. If not, experiment for a week or two until you find out what helps fuel your energy, even just a little.

 

Seek Therapy in Las Vegas

When procrastination and low motivation stem from issues like anxiety or clinical depression, seeking therapy in Las Vegas from a compassionate, qualified therapist is a good idea. Kayenta Therapy can help you figure out the origins of your low motivation and help you feel better so you can get back to taking care of the things you need to do.

Develop the skills you need to find motivation and overcome procrastination by scheduling an in-person or telehealth session at Kayenta Therapy. Contact a therapist directly to get started today.

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Anxiety Counseling: How to Cope with COVID-19 Reopenings

As many businesses, schools, and other establishments begin to reopen, you may feel anxious about making your way back into society while COVID-19 is still lingering. Feeling safe can be particularly challenging for people who suffer from anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions. Anxiety counseling can help make the transition less scary, and […]

As many businesses, schools, and other establishments begin to reopen, you may feel anxious about making your way back into society while COVID-19 is still lingering. Feeling safe can be particularly challenging for people who suffer from anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions. Anxiety counseling can help make the transition less scary, and certain behavioral and lifestyle changes can help you break negative thinking patterns and feel less anxious.

Sit with Your Feelings

How Anxiety Counseling Can Help You Cope with COVID-19 ReopeningsBeing anxious about such a big change is natural, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Recognizing and acknowledging the things that make you uneasy or fearful can help you combat them. Meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga are great ways to calm your nervous system and allow your mind to slow down.

Focus on What You Can Control

It’s important to remember that the only actions you can control are your own. The COVID-19 pandemic has left us with a lot more unknowns, which can be daunting. For example, you can’t control whether other people still wear masks inside the grocery store, but if masking up makes you feel more comfortable and assuages your anxiety, go for it.

Take it Slow

There’s no need to rush into things and immediately feel the need to attend large parties or dine inside restaurants. If you’re anxious about being around other people, meet a friend or two at the park for a picnic or grab a coffee outside at a café. Running errands at off-peak times can help you ease into this ‘new normal’ as well.

Take Good Care of Yourself

Exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep and eating a balanced diet can also lift your spirits, while helping manage your anxiety and depression.

Talk About It

Talk about your fears with a therapist, partner, close friend, family member or someone else you trust to provide compassionate support. You may find that you’re not the only one who’s feeling anxious about such big changes. They may also have discovered some good tools for managing anxiety as you venture back out into this ‘new normal’.

 

Find Anxiety Counseling in Las Vegas

All of this can seem overwhelming, but seeing a therapist can help you learn the coping skills you need to feel more confident and less anxious about social contact during these uncertain times. Methods such as Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very effective at breaking negative thought patterns and combating anxiety disorders and depression. Therapy sessions are a safe place where you can share your feelings and fears without judgment.

Develop the skills you need to cope during these challenging times by scheduling an in-person or telehealth counseling session at Kayenta Therapy. Contact a therapist directly in Las Vegas to get started today.

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How Therapy In Las Vegas Can Help You Combat Compassion Fatigue

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many caregivers and others who work in health care or related professions have become emotionally and physically drained. Compassion fatigue is a real thing that can result in burnout, anxiety, depression, and less enjoyment of life in general. If you’re a caregiver, health care professional, or therapist who’s feeling overwhelmed […]

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many caregivers and others who work in health care or related professions have become emotionally and physically drained. Compassion fatigue is a real thing that can result in burnout, anxiety, depression, and less enjoyment of life in general. If you’re a caregiver, health care professional, or therapist who’s feeling overwhelmed by it all, therapy in Las Vegas can help you learn coping mechanisms to combat compassion fatigue.

 

What Is Compassion Fatigue?

Candle Surrounded by Flowers Symbolizing the Impact of Therapy in Las VegasCompassion fatigue happens when caregivers or professionals like therapists and health care workers absorb the suffering of their patients. When people become overloaded with these emotions, it can lead to intrusive thoughts, secondary traumatic stress and an inability to empathize with patients. Taking on the emotions of others can leave you emotionally numb, overwhelmed, and weary, but there are ways to prevent and manage compassion fatigue.

Compassion Fatigue During COVID-19

From videos of nurses pleading for help to people posting memorials for lost loved ones on social media, it’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of emotional and physical trauma. Going through these incredibly stressful experiences can have a significant impact on relationships with spouses, family members, coworkers, and friends. Many people may feel numb and on edge at the same time, which can lead them to become irritable and angry. Compassion fatigue and feeling burdened out from taking care of others can have harmful effects, such as insomnia, headaches, overeating, weight loss or gain, and substance abuse.

The Impact on Health Care Workers

Health care workers are particularly vulnerable to compassion fatigue, as many of them put their hearts and souls into what they do. At certain points in the pandemic, hospitals have been overwhelmed and many patients have died from COVID-19. Nurses, physicians, social workers, and others have found themselves acting as intermediaries between patients and their families in their last moments. Dealing with so much death and sickness on a daily basis would leave anyone emotionally and physically depleted.

How to Bounce Back from Compassion Fatigue

Track your feelings and stress levels. Compassion fatigue can easily creep up on caregivers and wreak havoc on their lives. Tuning in and writing down how you feel every day can help you recognize when you start feeling compassion fatigue. Seeking therapy in Las Vegas can keep it from getting worse and help you stay emotionally and physically healthy.

Practice self-care. Making sure you get enough sleep, nourishing yourself with a balanced diet, and getting some daily exercise can elevate your mood and help you manage stress. Deep breathing, walking, meditation, taking a bath, journaling, chatting with friends, or watching a funny movie are all positive ways to help stress and anxiety dissipate. Taking at least 10 minutes for yourself every day and practicing these tips can do wonders for those who need help coping with compassion fatigue.

Talk to a therapist. If you’re feeling depressed, stressed out, or you’re experiencing compassion fatigue, don’t wait to reach out and find therapy in Las Vegas. The sooner you get the help you need, the sooner you can start feeling better.

 

Therapy in Las Vegas

Therapy doesn’t have to be expensive. You can get therapy in Las Vegas for only $40.00 per session with the Kayenta Legacy Program. Connecting via telehealth services makes it convenient to talk to a therapist. If you’d rather see someone in person, Kayenta’s offices are open during the pandemic.

Therapists at Kayenta Therapy in Las Vegas can help you find the tools you need to cope with compassion fatigue. Contact a therapist directly to schedule a session today.

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Connecting with Others During the Continued Pandemic

Staying connected with loved ones is more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted much longer than expected and many people feel isolated from friends, family and the world around them. Maintaining relationships is vital for mental health, but during these tough times it can be challenging to keep up the connections that help […]

Staying connected with loved ones is more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted much longer than expected and many people feel isolated from friends, family and the world around them. Maintaining relationships is vital for mental health, but during these tough times it can be challenging to keep up the connections that help to sustain our physical and emotional well-being. Seeking therapy and trying these tips for fostering and maintaining relationships can help you cope with feelings of isolation and keep in touch:

  • Write a Letter

Writing a letter to let someone know how much you love and appreciate them will not only make them feel valued, it can give you a sense of happiness. Almost everyone gets emails every day – an email is not a substitute for putting pen to paper. It’s also nice to receive correspondence that isn’t junk mail or bills. Whether it’s a parent, cousin, teacher, or someone else who has positively impacted your life, receiving something like this in the mail will put a smile on their face and can strengthen your connection.

  • Call a Loved One

Although Zoom and other videoconference platforms are a convenient way to make virtual face-to-face connections, they’re not for everyone. After a year of Zoom happy hours and family get-togethers, not to mention using it for work, many people are burned out. Picking up the phone provides a way to connect without pressure. Hearing a familiar voice can be just as satisfying as seeing a loved one’s face on a Zoom call. Even if you keep in touch with someone via text or social media, nothing can replace the connection you make with a good old-fashioned phone call.

  • Talk to Strangers

Casual interactions like talking to someone in line at the grocery store or chatting with a neighbor you bump into outside can provide much-needed social contact and lift your spirits. Although these conversations may seem innocuous, they offer something all humans need – each other. Even a smile and a quick hello can make someone’s day and give your mood a boost.

  • Take a Walk 

Meeting up with a friend or family member at a local park or even in your neighborhood is a safe way to catch up and get some exercise as long as you practice COVID-19 safety protocols. In Las Vegas, we’re fortunate to enjoy fairly mild weather year-round. Getting some sun on your face, moving your body and connecting with a loved one in this way can help stave off depression and anxiety. It’s great for your physical health, too.

  • Talk to a Therapist

If you’re finding hard to connect with others, a therapist can help you sort out your feelings, learn ways to be more social and cope with loneliness during the pandemic. If you’re uncomfortable with going to an in-office therapy session, telehealth appointments via video are more accessible than ever. Therapy can also help you find tools and techniques to implement in your everyday life that can help you become happier and more grounded.

If you’re feeling isolated and need to find ways to make connections with the ones you love, our therapists at Kayenta can help. Contact a therapist directly to schedule an in-person or teletherapy session.

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How Low-Cost Therapy Can Help You Embrace a Fresh Start in the New Year

There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone. However, one positive has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – more people than ever are talking about mental health and seeking therapy. Taking stock of your goals and relationships and contemplating the path you want to take in the future is a common […]

There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone. However, one positive has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – more people than ever are talking about mental health and seeking therapy. Taking stock of your goals and relationships and contemplating the path you want to take in the future is a common theme this time of year. Even if money is tight right now, low-cost therapy can help you improve your mental health and gain a new perspective on yourself, your life and your goals for 2021.

What Is Low-Cost Therapy?

If you don’t have insurance or would prefer not to submit claims for counseling sessions, low-cost therapy is a great way to get the help you need without breaking the bank. For example, Kayenta Therapy’s Legacy Program offers sessions with supervised graduate student therapists for just $40.00 per session. These graduate student therapists work with individuals, families and couples of all ages and walks of life.

Graduate students work closely with a licensed supervisor who is experienced in providing therapy to a wide range of clients while adhering to the highest quality and ethical standards. Seeing a graduate student for low-cost therapy not only enables you to discover more about yourself and how you can make a fresh start, it also fosters students’ personal and professional development.

How Can Therapy Help Me Make a Fresh Start?

Low-cost therapy offers an affordable safe space where you can talk about how you’re feeling without fear of judgment. Working through challenges and changing old patterns and ways of thinking takes work, but if you’re honest with yourself and your therapist it can be extremely rewarding. Some benefits of therapy include:

Learning more about yourself. Your therapist will listen and may make suggestions, but they don’t tell you what to do. Figuring out why you think, feel and act the way you do and learning how to cope with it can be empowering and life-changing.

Successfully setting and keeping goals. Therapy can help you determine what’s really important to you. If you’re uncertain about your goals, talking about them, clarifying your intentions and setting realistic steps to achieve them can set you on a path to success. Therapy can also help you realize the journey is often the most rewarding part of achieving a goal.

More fulfilling relationships. Whether it’s a relationship with a partner, friend, family member, or coworker, therapy can help you understand how to communicate with others more effectively. Overcoming hurdles in relationships can bring you closer together and contribute to your general sense of contentment and happiness.

Better overall health. Research has shown proven links between mental and physical health.  When your sense of well-being and self-esteem improve, you may be inspired to start nourishing and caring for your body as well.

Are you looking for a fresh start in 2021? Low-cost therapy at Kayenta can help you ring in the New Year with a new perspective and set you on a path to improved health and happiness. Contact a therapist directly to schedule an in-person or teletherapy session.

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Helping Kids Transition Back into to School After the Holidays with Therapy

Children and parents have dealt with a lot of uncertainty this year, which can make easing back into school after the holiday season challenging. Whether your child is going back to school in person or returning to the routine of distance learning at home, therapy and these tips can help make the transition easier for […]

Children and parents have dealt with a lot of uncertainty this year, which can make easing back into school after the holiday season challenging. Whether your child is going back to school in person or returning to the routine of distance learning at home, therapy and these tips can help make the transition easier for everyone:

How to Help Your Child

Children often experience a wide range of feelings about going to school. Feeling nervous about returning to school after the holidays is common, and it may be especially tough if your child is returning to in-person classes for the first time in months. If your child seems particularly fearful, depressed or anxious, it may be a good idea to consider therapy with a qualified counselor who can help them sort out and cope with their feelings.

Set up a Routine Ahead of Time

Although it can be tempting to ignore the inevitable, preparing your children to go back to school the last week of the break can help support them through the transition. Writing out a schedule and posting it can be a helpful tool, so children can read or visually see what they need to do to get back into the groove. Some other ways to gradually change your children’s schedule include:

  • Moving bedtime up ½ hour each night
  • Moving morning wake up times to ½ earlier each day
  • Regular bath or shower times each night
  • Limiting screen time in the evenings
  • Encouraging children to get dressed and eat breakfast shortly after getting up
  • Telling children when it would normally be time for them to go to school

Discuss Going Back to School

Most kids get stressed about going to school at one time or another. Take the time to ask your children about how they feel about returning to school after the holidays. If they express worries or fears, provide reassurance by telling them that it’s normal to feel nervous and they will likely feel more at ease once they’ve settled back into a school routine. Sharing your own experiences can also help them realize they’re not alone.

Encourage your kids to ask any questions they may have. They may be concerned about what will be the same and what may be different. If your child’s school hasn’t provided any information about how things may be changing, you may want to email a teacher or administrator to find out what your kids can expect.

Once they’re back in school, make sure to praise them for being courageous about overcoming their fears and ask them if there’s anything they’d like to discuss about returning to school. Listening but staying upbeat can help your children develop positive attitudes about going to school. If your child digs in their heels about not wanting to return to school or becomes withdrawn, it may be time to help them seek therapy.

Help Your Kids to Get in Touch with Friends

Even though it may not be possible for your children to get up close and personal with friends, scheduling video chats or calls with them can help kids feel better and assuage their fears. A safe, socially distanced playdate outdoors can also help lift their spirits and help them connect with friends.

Schedule Therapy at Kayenta

If your child is having trouble transitioning to school after the holidays, therapy can help. Contact a licensed therapist at Kayenta today to set up an in-person or teletherapy session.

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Tips from Kayenta Therapy for Coping with Post-election Stress

Regardless of age, gender or socioeconomic status, stress from the 2020 election affects millions of Americans of all political stripes. Our divided political climate, social media, sensationalist 24-hour news cycles, and the internet can make stress and worry feel inescapable. These tips from the counselors at Kayenta Therapy can help you cope with your feelings and […]

Regardless of age, gender or socioeconomic status, stress from the 2020 election affects millions of Americans of all political stripes. Our divided political climate, social media, sensationalist 24-hour news cycles, and the internet can make stress and worry feel inescapable. These tips from the counselors at Kayenta Therapy can help you cope with your feelings and develop habits that make you feel more grounded and less worried about post-election news and other issues going on in the world and in your life: 

Cut Down on Screen Time

If the constant barrage of opinions and information on social media, TV and the internet make you feel stressed, it’s vital to limit your media consumption. Take a time out to do something you enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk, calling a friend or reading a (non-political) book. 

Avoid Engaging in Arguments About Political Issues

Whether you’re exchanging barbs with a stranger on social media or arguing with a family member about politics, it’s important to remember that you’re probably not going to change the other person’s mind. If these types of conflicts cause you to become anxious, depressed, angry or stressed out, it’s probably best to avoid them altogether or significantly reduce the amount of time you spend talking about politics. If you’re experiencing serious divides with loved ones, family counseling at Kayenta Therapy can help. 

Don’t Worry About What Might Happen

None of us really knows what the future holds. Worrying about what could happen only leads to more anxiety and may even cause you to stress about other things that are currently happening in your life. When you find yourself catastrophizing or predicting a worst-case scenario, take some deep breaths, step back and think about what you can do to make a difference for yourself and others right here and now. 

Get Involved

Although presidential elections receive a lot of media coverage, getting involved in local issues you care about is how you actually witness the fruits of your labor. Channeling worry into positive action can be fulfilling and make you feel better about yourself and the world. Volunteer in your community, advocate for an issue you support or run for local office. 

Remember that Life Goes On

It’s critical to remind yourself that although some of the things that politicians do will have an impact on your daily life, the chatter that goes along with political campaigns shouldn’t. Focusing on taking care of your mental health, turning to a spiritual practice, spending time with loved ones, and even taking up a hobby you enjoy can bring you back to “real” life and help you feel more content. Getting plenty of sleep, exercising daily and maintaining a balanced diet can also support your emotional, mental and physical health.  

Kayenta Therapy Is Here to Help

If you can’t seem to turn off negative thoughts or you’re having trouble assuaging your anxiety, seeking help from a counselor at Kayenta Therapy can help you find the tools you need to cope with post-election stress and other issues affecting your well-being. Contact a therapist directly to schedule an in-person or teletherapy session with a counselor at Kayenta Therapy today.

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Ways Therapy in Las Vegas Can Help You Set Goals for the New Year

Lots of people like to set goals or resolutions for a new year. For some, it feels like a chance to get a fresh start, and for others it’s something they do throughout the year to keep themselves on track. However, it’s important to set the right goals so that they benefit your well-being. In […]

Lots of people like to set goals or resolutions for a new year. For some, it feels like a chance to get a fresh start, and for others it’s something they do throughout the year to keep themselves on track. However, it’s important to set the right goals so that they benefit your well-being. In 2020, a lot of people’s goals have fallen by the wayside because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a tough year for everyone, so if you’re feeling frustrated or unsure about attaining your goals in 2021, seeking therapy in Las Vegas can help you sort out your feelings and determine which goals are really important to you. 

Are You Setting the Right Goals?

Delving into what you actually want and need can be daunting. Asking yourself the following questions can help you take a different approach and find a perspective that many not have occurred to you when you’ve set goals for yourself in the past:

  1. Do I want to achieve this goal, or does someone else want me to achieve this goal? 
  2. What will I get from someone else who wants me to be successful in reaching this goal? 
  3. If I don’t achieve this goal, will I feel ashamed?
  4. Do I really believe this is an important goal I want to achieve?
  5. Will this goal offer fun, joy or satisfaction?
  6. Does this goal represent my values, who I am and what I want out of life? 

Grab a notepad and pen and write out the answers to these questions. When you go back and read your answers, which questions do you feel describe your intentions for the goals you wish to set? If your underlying reasons for setting certain goals are the answers to questions 1, 2 or 3, you may want to reconsider. If your motivations are more aligned with questions 4, 5 and 6, you’ll probably find that you’re on the right track.

What Does It All Mean?

Research has shown that people who practice mindfulness and are aware of living in the present moment without judgment are more likely to set the right goals than those who don’t. Pursuing goals that align with your values, interests, talents, and needs can lead to greater success in achieving them. Pursuing goals that don’t benefit your growth or well-being, or fir the purpose of pleasing others, is often a waste of time and energy. Even if you do achieve these goals, you may feel unfulfilled.  

How Therapy in Las Vegas Can Help You Set Goals that Are Right for You

When you choose and attain goals that are attuned to your authentic self, you may internalize feelings of self-love and accomplishment, which can help you live more mindfully and increase your focus when pursuing other goals that you want to achieve. If you’re confused about who your authentic self might be or feel that you’re setting goals for the wrong reasons, seeking therapy in Las Vegas can help you figure out who you are, what you really want out of life and help you create a roadmap to achieving more rewarding goals.

The compassionate, knowledgeable therapists at Kayenta provide therapy in Las Vegas that can help you lead a more fulfilling and joyful life. Contact a therapist directly to schedule an in-person session or teletherapy today.

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How to Deal with a Dysfunctional Family During the Holidays & How Relationship Counseling Can Help

Although getting together with family during the holidays can be fun, old patterns, habits and issues don’t just go away. There is also lot of pressure to make the holidays “perfect”, which is a tall order even if your family isn’t dysfunctional. Being prepared and having realistic expectations can help you find more joy in […]

Although getting together with family during the holidays can be fun, old patterns, habits and issues don’t just go away. There is also lot of pressure to make the holidays “perfect”, which is a tall order even if your family isn’t dysfunctional. Being prepared and having realistic expectations can help you find more joy in the season and avoid potential pitfalls that can throw a wrench in your plans. Relationship counseling and these tips can help:

 

Keep It Simple

How to Deal with a Dysfunctional Family During the Holidays & How Relationship Counseling Can Help

Using the holidays as a time to hash out old grievances or heal old wounds isn’t a good idea. If you have difficulties with certain family members, steer clear of controversial subjects and don’t engage in arguments or drama. If avoiding a reaction feels impossible, walk away and take a few deep breaths. Stick close to people you get along with and lean on people you’re close to if you want to vent or need support.

Lower Your Expectations

Hoping that all your family members will act perfectly is setting yourself up for disappointment. Before you venture out for holiday family fun, take a few moments to reflect on your loved ones and prepare yourself to accept them just the way they are. Letting go of expectations may leave you pleasantly surprised. Being ready for the worst can help you stay detached if things go off the rails.

Have an Exit Strategy

Plan ahead and think about what you’ll do if things become unpleasant. If you’re coming in from out of town, you might want to rent a car so you’re in control of your own transportation. If you have a close friend or family member in the area, talk to them before you go and let them know you might need to spend the night. Knowing that you have options if things go bad can help lessen your anxiety and help you relax while spending time with your family. If you are attending individual or relationship counseling, talk with your therapist about forming an exit strategy before you go.

Put the “Fun” in Dysfunctional

Watching a favorite holiday movie, playing board games or cards, playing music, singing, sharing holiday memories, and other activities can take everyone’s mind off conflict and help you let off a little steam. If there are kids in attendance, spending time with them may be your best bet when it comes to having fun – young children usually aren’t caught up in dysfunctional family dynamics, so you can relax and be yourself with them.

Look for Joy in the Moment

Remind yourself that this is real life, not a Hallmark Christmas movie. People are imperfect, and that’s okay. Create your own special moments, even if it’s relaxing and enjoying the holiday decorations with a cup of tea after everyone has left. Simply enjoying the moment without expectations can give you a sense of calm and happiness.

 

Visit a Therapist Before the Holidays

Individual or relationship counseling can enable you to process family issues ahead of time and gain perspective on how to deal with dysfunctional family members and situations. If you’re anxious or stressed about the upcoming holidays, talking with a therapist can help. Contact a therapist at Kayenta to schedule an appointment today.

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How Divorce Counseling Can Help You Stay Grounded While Going Through a Divorce

Even in the best of circumstances divorce can be emotionally draining and stressful. Taking good care of yourself both physically and mentally can help you cope in a positive manner and make this time of transition easier for everyone involved. Seeking help through divorce counseling can facilitate constructive communication and make your parting more amicable. […]

Even in the best of circumstances divorce can be emotionally draining and stressful. Taking good care of yourself both physically and mentally can help you cope in a positive manner and make this time of transition easier for everyone involved. Seeking help through divorce counseling can facilitate constructive communication and make your parting more amicable. These tips for staying grounded can also protect your mental health and help you keep a positive outlook.

Let It Out

How Divorce Counseling Can Help You Stay Grounded While Going Through a Divorce

Divorce often brings up a lot of powerful emotions, including anger, sadness, guilt, and fear. It’s natural to think about past grievances but letting these feelings or issues muddy negotiations isn’t productive for anyone. A great way to release some of these emotions is to put them down on paper. Writing your feelings down in a journal or composing (an unsent) letter to your spouse can be freeing and allow you to let go of pent-up emotions. Spending time talking with friends or a therapist you trust can also be cathartic.

Try Mindfulness & Breathing Exercises

Meditation, yoga and breath work can help you feel happier, calmer and more prepared to cope with whatever comes your way. Scientific studies have shown that taking even a few deep, conscious breaths can calm your nervous system and help you feel more grounded. When you feel stressed, anxious or reactive, place your hand on your belly, close your eyes, and take three or more deep breaths. Make sure to breathe as deeply as you can, so your hand rises when you inhale. Most people tend to breathe shallowly when stressed – slow, steady inhalations and exhalations can make a huge difference in how you feel.

Exercise

Whether you hit the gym for a vigorous workout or take a brisk stroll around the park with your dog, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day can help decrease anxiety and depression. When you exercise, your body releases feel-good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins and lowers production of the stress hormone cortisol. Regular exercise can also help improve sleep and overall physical and emotional well-being.

Nurture Yourself

Eating a healthy diet, pampering yourself and doing the things you love can give your self-esteem a boost and make you feel more content. It can be tempting to use alcohol or drugs to relieve the pain you may be feeling, but revisiting an old hobby, taking a bath, watching a funny movie, or getting a massage instead can release tension and help you relax in a more positive way.

Pick Your Battles

During a divorce, some major issues need to be hashed out, especially if you have children. Arguing about every little thing that arises will leave you exhausted. Think proactively and write down a list of potential points of contention and how you are willing to compromise. Take stock of your core values and decide which issues are most important to you. Get creative about compromise and understand that give-and-take benefits everyone in the long run.

Reach out for Support

It’s vital to remember that whatever you’re feeling is part of the human experience – most people cry, feel sad or experience strong feelings of anger when going through a divorce. Seeking individual therapy, family therapy or divorce counseling can enable you to cope with your emotions, communicate more productively, and help you process the loss or grief you may be feeling.

Divorce Counseling Can Help

Whether you’re dealing with a contentious divorce or need help keeping yourself on track during the process, divorce counseling with a therapist at Kayenta can help. Contact a therapist today to schedule an in-person or teletherapy appointment.

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