A huge, stuffed stocking of an end-of-year newsletter from CCCG!
Happy Holidays from CCCG!
Our warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy new year!
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Year-End Reflections from our Staff
Gayle Benator
From Gayle Benator, LAPC

"I'm excited about the holidays, but I'm really feeling stressed..."
Extra stress can lead to extra eating and unwanted pounds. However, you can address this struggle by planning ahead. Here are some steps.
  1. Reclaim the meaning of the holiday season. What makes you grateful at this time of year?
  2. Identify what you would like to get out of the season as you attend parties and get-togethers that involve food. What purpose will food serve?
  3. Set reasonable goals for eating. Don't diet, avoid food all day, or get too hungry.
  4. Focus on pleasures not involving food. For example, picture a relaxed you spending quality time with loved ones.
  5. Contain eating. For example, determine in advance when you will eat each meal, what time you will stop eating, and eat slowly to taste every bite. Consider strategies such as taking a small helping of the foods you want to try at a meal, checking in with yourself about how hungry you are, then going back only for your favorite foods.
  6. Check in with your thoughts and feelings frequently and address them by journaling.
  7. Reach out for support from family and friends if you have an eating disorder. In that case, consider attending support groups such as ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders), OA (Overeaters Anonymous) or EDA (Eating Disorders Anonymous).
  8. Breathe, relax and take frequent breaks. Enjoy the holidays!
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Carol Pitts
From Carol Pitts, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, Clinical Director

The holiday season may be filled with wonder and merriment - but also with stress, exhaustion and moodiness. Children of all ages feel this, especially when their routines are interrupted with an overload of events. Even well-intentioned changes in schedule can impact behaviors and moods. Here are some tips to help you help your children navigate the holidays more effectively.

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Jackson Rainer
From Jack Rainer, PhD., ABPP

For those who grieve at the holidays...
Remember that grief has no timetable. It operates on a cosmic, Divine schedule and comes as waves of memories of your loss-sometimes painful, sometimes warm, always with a surprisingly intense energy. Remember, too, that grief is not social. Those who truly know and appreciate you will understand self-care in ways that may be unusual and deeply personal.

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Debonee Morgan
From Debonee Morgan, LMFT, CSD, Director of Resonance

No matter which faith tradition inspires you, we can all find hope and joy this holiday season as we remember the power of light within the darkness. Perhaps you celebrate the miracle of God's sustaining luminescence in the ever-burning oil, or the Light of the World in the baby Jesus. Maybe you welcome the solstice with a burning Yule log, or find yourself sparked by the beauty of tree lights or the decorated hearth. No matter how you connect with that Something Bigger, please take a moment to remember that as we walk through our life's adventures, we cyclically return to days where the dark seems equal to the light - but our nature shows us that those always (eventually) move toward greater illumination. The work of our soul is to wait in wonder for that movement, and to recognize the light where it shines. Here's wishing you and your loved ones peaceful contentment as you brighten your hearts within the darkest days.

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Kristy Aspinwall
From Kristy Aspinwall, MS, LPC, MAC, CCTP, NCC, Coordinator: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but they can also be a land mine for anyone those trying to stay sober. Special occasions are a leading cause of relapse for several reasons. Families, too, can be a source of stress and pressure. Many of us learned how to drink and use substances from our family-or have been ostracized from our family due to our substance use. The pressure to have a "perfect" holiday can be another trigger. Whatever the reason, staying sober through the holidays takes planning, preparing and realistic expectations.

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