January 2021
Seasonal Depression
Winter blues are a real thing. It has been a challenging year and many people are struggling with ways to cope.

Time Magazine has some expert-approved ways to lift your spirits during the darkest time of year. Winter Got

Looking Forward
Breakfast for dinner every Monday. Trying a new TV show. Even sending mail to a loved one!

Cultivating a sense of curiosity is fundamental to self-care. Now more than ever, we need to feel excited to find out: “What’s next?” And during a time when asking that of the world only leads to anxiety, asking it of 
entertainment is a quality replacement.
Self Magazine has some great suggestions. 8 Ways to Create Things to Look Forward to Right Now

Around this time every year, we all start making grand plans to join a gym, be more social, and travel to new places.

But 2020 was a year like no other—so those common New Year’s resolutions (the ones we never seem to stick with anyway)—aren’t going to cut it.

Find some new resolutions with the help of Byrdie. 4 Happiness-Boosting Resolutions You Can Commit to From Home

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Coping During Driving
by Lucie Brossard, Program Manager

If you are looking to increase your faith in humanity, on the highways and byways is hardly the place to do it. Some people do things behind the wheel of a car they would not dare do in person. For example, have you ever had someone rush right up behind you in the grocery line and breathe down your neck until you move along your way? Has someone ever screamed expletives at you for sauntering down the sidewalk while walking your dog? Has anyone once side-swiped you at the bookstore while you were browsing for that specific title? Such displays of behavior in the face-to-face realm are less common, whereas aggression on the road is an everyday hassle. I am sure most drivers are perfectly nice and respectable in other contexts, but behind the shield of their vehicle, the worst comes out.

To start, if you find anxiety while driving has disrupted your daily routines or contributed to other long-term health conditions, please speak with your physician or a therapist. For those of us with milder upset over road rage in all its manifestations, this article will provide some concrete things people can do to take matters into their own hands and improve the quality of their time in the driver’s seat.

Before we can talk about coping, safety on the road needs to be established. How will coping tools help if we are joining in on the hazardous antics by hurling through space without any presence of mind? I am not here to provide coping tools we can superimpose on outlandish driving practices, but first and foremost to slow us down so we can regain some self-possession while maneuvering that hunk of metal.

RESPECT TIME: Leave 5-10 minutes early anytime you are venturing out in your vehicle. This may mean you have to get out of bed 5-10 minutes earlier for your morning commute. If you need to gas up on the way to your destination, leave an extra 15 minutes or better yet, gas up the day before.

SLOW DOWN: Go the speed limit. With no traffic tickets, your bank account will thank you and you could save a life, including your own. Notice those speed limit signs and follow them.

RESPECT OTHERS: Shift into a “put others first” mindset. Look for opportunities to cut others a break on the road. Try to be kind to someone else at least 3 times during every trip, more times if you are taking a road trip. Ignore people who are less kind, not giving them the power to ruin your traveling.

TAKE IT EASY: When on the highway, stay in the right lane unless you are passing. This will be a breeze if you are following the speed limit because few others adhere to it and they will all be passing you.

GIVE SPACE: Allow several car lengths between you and the person in front of you. Think of this as allowing others ample room and protecting yourself from sudden changes in the traffic flow. Another gift to yourself and others.

FOCUS ON YOURSELF: As much as you might like to, you cannot control or impact others on the road. Stay oriented to yourself and your own frame of mind and how you are doing. As an experiment, you could rate your mood on a scale of 1-10 before and after the trip. See how you did and if your mood significantly tanked, ask yourself why. What could you have done differently to keep your mood more balanced? What tripped you up and how will you do better next time?

Did you notice I did not recommend visualizing angels, or deep breathing, or using affirmations to cope? Of course, if these things help you, use them. But if you are hurling down the road at 80 miles per hour, these band-aids may not provide much solace. In the end, looking at how we are behaving while out navigating traffic by making slight changes to our routines and habits may just be the best way to impact our thoughts and feelings about “people who drive like maniacs”.

The Colorado Spirit Program provides support for feelings of worry, hopelessness, anger, loss, isolation and disconnection that many individuals are experiencing as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Through the provision of virtual community-based outreach and psychoeducational services, our mission is to empower Adams County residents.

Colorado Spirit is different from other programs in that our team has the flexibility to meet the community where they are in dealing with the pandemic.

Colorado Spirit’s objectives are to:
• Support survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions • Reduce and mitigate stress and provide emotional support
• Promote the use and development of coping strategies
• Assist survivors in reviewing and understanding their recovery options • Connect individuals with other people and agencies who can help in their recovery process.

Community Reach Center has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to promoting total mind and body wellness for all ages for more than 60 years. We do this by recognizing the interplay between mental and physical health and by providing services and programs when and where you need them most. As the only CARF accredited mental health provider in Colorado, you can expect top quality treatment and customer service. Community Reach Center can help you or your loved one address any type of mental health concern - including depression and anxiety, grief and loss, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or upset related to a traumatic event. Individual, group, family and couples counseling is available. Help starts here.