The one constant and unchanging variable about life is that it is unpredictable. And with unpredictability comes uncertainty, which is all around us, and never more so than today.
Uncertainty has been magnified in ways no one ever imagined and has ushered in a turbulent sea of emotions ranging from stress and anxiety to powerlessness.
Many people are entering this pandemic-tainted holiday season experiencing all of the above emotions and more. Some have lost their loved ones. Others grieve the loss of community, which once was a place they loved but can never return to.
Others have lost their jobs and careers. Some are on the brink of homelessness. Deaths of despair (i.e., deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide) are at an all-time high.
For those of you who are not feeling it this holiday season, I just want to let you know that you are not alone. We might not know your struggle or pain, but trust that we are with you in spirit. We are in this together.
I am aware that there are no shortcuts to healing for those burdened under the weight of a heart-wrenching event. For those of us on the other side of trauma, let’s be mindful of our role in honoring trauma survivors by giving them a soft place to land.
I invite YOU into this space—a place of non-judgment—to process your emotions. I give you permission to take your bandage off slowly if you so choose. Take as much time as you need to heal and adjust.
In this space, I promise you that we won’t try to “fix” your situation but offer instead a listening presence, where you can be seen, heard, believed, and reassured with love and compassion.
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, please reach out for help. You can contact a Lifeline Center at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Suppose you or someone you know seeks to restore your sense of safety, connection, and vitality after adverse religious experiences. In that case, you can connect with Brian Peck, LCSW, at Room to Thrive, PLLC. https://www.roomtothrive.com/
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