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Stress Relief

We know we aren’t alone in feeling like the last 18 plus months have been unusually stressful.  Life pre-pandemic had its fair share of stress, but this is a level of stress unlike anything we have ever had to deal with.  In fact, it has been brought to this writer’s attention that we might be grinding our teeth more than usual, which has led to an upcoming dentist appointment.  When making the appointment we were assured we were far from the only patient making an appointment for this issue.  In fact, there have been several long term patients that have been having grin

Toxic Relationships

Some of us grew up with parents, either biological, adopted or foster.  While others were raised by grandparents or other family members.  Regardless of who raised you, there was probably a level of expectation, spoken or just intrinsically known, that you would show respect, support, and remain in this family, till death do us part, forever and ever amen.  Leaving was something soulless individuals did in books, not real life, taboo is not a strong enough word, it felt forbidden.  

Pandemic Exhaustion

March of 2020 seems a lifetime ago, a world where masks were worn only by medical staff and tourists.  Where pandemics were a thing of the past, at least that is how it seemed.  School shutdowns happened during natural disasters and massive snow storms.  Where wiping down groceries would have been deemed neurotic.  

Pivot, Plan B cont.

Last week’s blog topic, Plan B, resonated with members and those who follow the site on Instagram.  Life rarely going according to plan is a subject most of us are willing to pull a chair up and talk about, not because misery loves company, but because finding common ground creates community.  That is why SupportGroups is so successful, we offer a place where people can safely talk, allowing the circumstances and issues that are weighing them down to slide off, even if for a moment.    

Plan B isn't failure

Life at its most comfortable is when everything goes according to plan.  Family and friends play supportive roles in your life, plans are made and carried out, therapy is scheduled and your relationship with your therapist is one of trust and admiration, medication is on point, all issues and illnesses are handled and life is going well.  As lovely as that sounds, anyone outside a movie or a well written book doesn’t actually have any of those things in apple-pie order.

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