Grief Counseling Certification Program Article on Season and Holiday Depression

As the weather changes, so does our moods.   This is especially true of those individuals who live farther North.   With the settling of Winter, one’s energy levels lower in correlation with the shorter days.  As night comes earlier and earlier, individuals are drained of post work energy and find themselves sleeping and relaxing more.  This has negative effects on health.  Exercise is essential not just for health but also one’s mental and emotional status.

 

The change of weather and darker days can lead to seasonal depression. The person may not experience any loss but still become clinically depressed

Colder and darker nights do have effects on moods.  Seasonal depression can set in on these grey and dark days and nights.  Less exercise, less light and less energy all play into the hands of seasonal depression.   Seasonal depression spikes at a higher level after the Holidays.  Many suffer from depression after the Holidays.   The fun and excitement disappear and the return to regular regiment and life becomes the new norm.  Add the somber weather and darkness, then one can see an emotional drop compounded with negative weather.

Individuals already dealing with stress and grief will have a more difficult trek but it can also effect others with no existing grief.  Depression can be over nothing.  It can be a mental state with no true loss.  Seasonal and winter depression hence can strike those suffering from loss but also those who are merely struck with clinical depression merely due to the change of seasons, the end of the holidays, and the beginning of a cold and dark winter.

So we can look at two individuals suffering from season depression.  The first person experienced recent loss and is under enormous stress.   This person is not only dealing with the change of weather, lack of energy and darker days, but also bombarded with the loss and the stress that surrounds it.  The person is trying to adjust to the loss especially as the holidays approach but this becomes completely impossible.

The first holidays without a loved one can be the most difficult and most depressing.  It will in fact take many years before the holidays can be viewed with some slight excitement.  The bereaved person will have to learn to adapt to future holidays without the loved one and also learn to incorporate new ways of commemorating the deceased.  All of these things will take years and years, but until then, the first holiday without a loved one can be a dismal affair.   In fact, there may be no celebration that year. Instead the person may remain alone or avoid festivities.

Many can fall into seasonal depression after the holidays. The lack of decor and excitement and return to normal routine can cause a sadness to the soul

 

Compounded by this, they will suffer from the seasonal weather and lack of longer days.  The grey and cold will only illustrate what they feel inside.  While coping, it is possible this person may enter into a type of depression.

The other individual has no reason for grief.  He or she has not lost a loved one, but for whatever reason they feel a true emptiness.  There is no explanation for his or her grief.  The change of weather, lack of light and end of the holidays brings a barren and empty feeling.  This individual suffers from a true clinical depression.  There is no loss but the individual nonetheless feels empty.

So it is true that during the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, there can season depression.  Some already suffering from loss may grieve more heavily and some may even fall into a depression.  Others will suffer from an unexplained depression after the holidays.   The change in season definitely plays a key role whether it is the cause or merely an enhancement.  The reality is this time of year is harder than other times of year to deal with grief or even stress and for those even not dealing with these things merely due to the nature of the season, weather and climate.

This time of year is physically colder, damper and darker but also spiritually bright with so many cultural and spiritual holidays.  Hence it can prey on both the grieving and merely mentally unhealthy.

Those who suffer due to no reason but only mental and emotional response to the change of seasons should actively seek help.   Counselors can provide the needed guidance but sometimes others need the guidance of clinical counseling.  These individuals suffering from clinical depression will need medication.

Those who are suffering loss or remembering lost loved ones will also grieve.  They may need professional assistance as well but if not, they can in time learn to better cope and learn to remember the loved ones not present.  They can learn to commemorate the loss and find some joy in the love that was shared through memory and stories.

 

Some who experience loss during this time, already suffer and the climate merely compounds and reflects their inner sadness.

 

During the seasonal change it is important for individuals to try to remain active.  Gyms and other activities are key.  Physical exercise drops considerably during this time span from November through February and individuals need to remain faithful to a schedule.  They need to exercise not just for good physical health but also mental health.

Also, trying to make the winter months more special is key.  Perhaps going to the movies, skating, or bowling are good ideas.  Making a certain night a special night with family or friends to watch a favorite show or having a night out once a week to a restaurant.    It is important to take joy in the little things when the weather and time of day light is not as giving.

This of course is difficult when suffering from clinical depression or remembering a loss, but with counseling and if needed, medication, one should attempt to find some good from these months and still enjoy the little things of life.  Better coping strategies, exercise and doing little things can help one get through the darker and colder months.  Physical and mental health should be a top priority in these months!

Grief Counselors can help others cope through these dark months, and in some cases, licensed counselors are needed for issues that require medication, but through acknowledgement and a firm resolution, one can fight through these darker and colder months and find enjoyment during and after the holidays despite loss and despite seasonal change.

Season grief plays a large factor in depression from November through February. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification program

 

If you would like to learn more about grief counseling or would like to become a certified grief counselor then please review the American Academy of Grief Counseling’s Grief Counseling certification program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

 

Grief Counseling Training Program Article on Ecological Grief

The loss of nature and ecological destruction plays a large role on humanity.  Individuals suffer from the devastation and grieve the loss of what was once.  These types of losses of beauty as well as climate problems cause distress.  This type of grief and anxiety is ecological grief.

Ecological grief is a true loss that we suffer as a society. Please also review our Grief Counseling training program

 

For instance, some may fear the loss of beauty found in the rain forest or the coral reef.  The beauty but also the instrumental role they play in our climates are a twofold loss of what we all experience with their destruction.

The article, “How to cope with the grief that comes with the world’s ecological crisis” by John Sharry looks into this type of loss.  He states,

 

“Many of those working within the environmental charities describe their heartbreak and grief at the loss of the natural world. This is the natural world which is not only beautiful in its own right but it is the world on which we entirely depend on as humans. For communities on the frontline of the climate emergency this grief is much more acute and threatening.”

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Please also review our Grief Counseling Training program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

ADHD Consulting Program Article on Coping with ADHD

ADHD sometimes requires medication.  Medication can take away the symptoms and help control the situation but usually comes with side effects or higher cost.  Some with ADHD can utilize low risk coping strategies that can help them live with and operate successfully with ADHD.

Learning to cope with ADHD without medication is possible for some. Please also review our ADHD Consulting program

 

The article, 4 No-Risk, Non-Drug ADHD Treatments Ideal for Entrepreneurs, by Dave Kerpen illustrates how individuals can deal with ADHD in less evasive ways.  He states,

“Before making any medical decisions for yourself or others, consult your doctor. Ask whether the following ADHD treatment alternatives might help you maintain your focus without the risks associated with pharmaceuticals:”

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ADHD Consultants can help their clients deal with ADHD symptoms and in some cases guide them through the symptoms without medication.  Please also review our ADHD Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

ADHD Consulting Article on ADHD and Its Classification

ADHD is sometimes also labeled as a learning disorder.  The article below looks at it as a neurological disorder which affects learning by its very nature but is not in itself a learning disorder.  The article also looks at what ADHD can do as a positive despite the negative issues revolving around concentration and hyperactivity.

ADHD can cause learning issues but is it a learning disability in itself? Please also review our ADHD Consulting Program to see if it meets your needs

The article, “Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability” by Mandi DeLong offers some interesting insight into ADHD.  She states,

“The confusion between a learning disability and a neurodevelopmental disorder affects how people treat and react to people with ADHD, which, with some of the effects, hurts people with ADHD. This is something that I’ve experienced a lot, because people don’t fully grasp how ADHD affects people like me.”

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Please also review our ADHD Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study.  After completing the required courses, one can apply for a four year certification

 

Meditation Instructor and the Use of Meditation in the World

Meditation is key to a good spiritual life.  It is critical in almost every spiritual and religious tradition.  It is found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, as well as all the Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism and its many offshoots.   It is found also in smaller religious sects and groups.

Meditation is an attempt spiritually to become closer to God.  In Eastern traditions, this is an attempt to become unified with God as one substance, while in the Christianity and the West, its purpose is a communion between two separate agents.  This is critical to understand.  Even though meditation is about becoming closer to the divine, these two routes can take individuals down two different spiritual paths

Despite this, meditation shares many common traits among world religions.  Meditation is personal and spiritual.  Meditation is not usually a religious ceremony within the community but is a singular spiritual experience.  It is a beyond the communal connections and social obligations of one’s faith.  Meditation is hence very personal and the success of those who practice it depend on their spiritual levels of awareness.

Meditation is found in many religious traditions. it is a mental and singular form of prayer that looks for closer union with the divine

 

Another important element of Meditation is its mental nature.  Unlike vocal prayer, whether communal or singular, meditation is quiet prayer.  It is reflective and looks to engage the divine in a way to communicate at a more subconscious level.  It looks for quiet and peace to better hear the divine and to help the soul form a greater and more intimate union with the divine.

In attempting to find that quiet, the conscious mind must choose to enter into the meditative state.  In the East, there are many spiritual practices and physical postures that attempt to free the soul from temporal distractions.  The meditative trance is induced through quiet, postures and various practices to free the soul from the body.  In the West, there is less emphasis on postures and definitely a rejection of any astral projection.  Instead, there is more emphasis on the divine as a being and how one interacts.  This is usually accomplished through private prayer and reflection on scriptures and images of the divine to inspire piety and spiritual excitement in the soul.

Meditation hence is a spiritual exercise for private devotion to inspire a closer union with the divine through mental and quiet prayer.  If you would like to learn more about meditation or would like to become Meditation Instructor, then please review our Meditation Instructor Program.  The program is more Eastern based and helps individuals gain the knowledge and expertise needed to help others in the area of meditation.

Individuals who are spiritual and wish to expand their knowledge can utilize the certification in their private practices, but also yoga instructors, and other holistic care givers can incorporate meditation into their practice.   Some healthcare professionals also like to utilize meditation as well as hypnosis and other elements to give peace to their patients.

Despite being spiritual in nature, meditation also has many mental and physical benefits. Meditation Instructors can help others lean of these benefits

Meditation instructors are also in demand within the business world.  With higher level of stress and the lower correlation of productivity associated with stress, employers are looking to gain every advantage against it.  They look to hire stress manager consultants as well as meditation instructors to teach their employees how to manage stress and remain peaceful and calm.

So as we can see, meditation has more than simple spiritual ramifications but also many business and overall health issues.  This gives one with a certification in Meditation Instruction, the unique ability to offer one’s services to a variety of outlets within the spiritual as well as secular world.

Whether one employs classical Western meditation or Eastern meditation, the need and urge for humanity to reconnect with the divine at a closer level is an innate necessity.  Meditation Instructors can play a key role in helping others learn to meditate and utilize the numerous benefits of it.  Please review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

Grief Counseling Training Program Article on Life and Loss

In life there are a few constants, unfortunately, death and loss is one.  While one plans one’s day and deals with stress and daily plans, no one ever really thinks about a death that may occur.  Life can change quickly at a moments notice and one discovers soon how fragile life truly is.  What was the biggest issue of the week suddenly becomes minute and small compared to a loss or the death of a loved one.  It puts one into a proper proportion of what matters most.  Some individuals should learn from this from others and understand how important the lives they share with others matters.

 

Grief and loss can suddenly change life’s plans in a heartbeat. Please also review our Grief Counseling Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals

 

The article, “You Can Plan For Everything, But Grief” by Tracey Wallace discusses various lives that were forever changed by loss.  She states,

“After months of intense grief, a year later Phil now loves going home to their house. He’s even started dating a bit again. And while the grief has become more manageable, he still learns new insights every day about just how special he and Alan’s connection really was.”

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It is truly terrifying to see how lives can change through loss but it is also amazing to see how people fight back and cope and continue their lives despite the loss.  One’s life will never be the same but it does not mean one’s life is over.  It is altered but never over.

Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Training Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Grief Counseling Training Program Article on Holiday Grief

The holidays always play a big part in our  lives.  Some happy, some not so happy.  Stress, loss and grief can unfortunately play a larger part than joy and peace.  If grieving a loss, it is natural to experience the holidays differently than before.  Individuals vary in how they will respond to the loss.  Some may seek to keep tradition while others may need time to return to past traditions.  There really is no true answer.

Grief during the holidays is especially painful. Please also review our Grief Counseling Training program and see if it meets your academic needs

 

Instead, one must navigate the holidays as best one’s ability.  Grief will be present if the first holiday without a loved one but over time, it does improve.  The loss never vanishes, but other ways to celebrate or even remember become possible.  Others may learn how to better handle stress through a few tips.

The article, “Navigating the Holidays with Grief” by Laura Wade looks at how one can better cope with grief during the holidays.  She states,

“It takes five to eight years to move through the emotions of a significant loss,” Boyd shares. “Holidays compound the feelings of loss since it is a time of connection and family. It is also a reminder the loved one is not there. Holidays are already an emotional time, especially if being together and focused on family was important to your loved one.”

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Holidays should be taken gently and easily during the first years of loss.  Only time can ease the sharp pain of loss.  It is also important to remember friends and family during these times who may be grieving a loss.  Sometimes a simply hello can mean the world to an individual who is still grieving a significant loss during the holidays.

If you would like to learn more about grief counseling or would like to become a certified grief counselor, then please review our Grief Counseling Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

Anger Management Training Program Article on Anger and Boys

Anger if left unattended or properly directed can lead to bigger problems.  This is especially true in the case of young boys.  Boys need to be able to understand their emotions but also how to display them in a healthy and productive fashion.  Anger is one such emotion that needs to be directed properly to prevent future rage issues.  Boys need good role models but also as boys, need outlets that play to their gender and emotional needs.

 

It is important to help boys understand anger and how to properly handle it. Please also review our Anger Management Training Program

The article, “How To Help Boys Deal With Anger” by Catherine Pearson looks deeper and helping boys learn to control and cope with anger.  She states,

“Obviously, there is so much nuance when it comes to individuals, emotions — and how they express those emotions. It is not fair, nor accurate, to say that all boys experience anger one way, while all girls experience it another. And research shows it is a myth that boys and men experience anger more than girls and women.”

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Please also review our Anger Management Training Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Healthcare Case Management Program Article on Rising Healthcare Costs

Healthcare continues to be a growing cost for the average American as well as the average employer.  Employers on average according to a latest poll are paying around $13,000 an employee a year.  With the cost continuing to rise, it is becoming more and more expensive to give people the basic care they need.  With healthcare such a huge issue in the 2020 election, it will be interesting to see who has the solutions and who does not to combat this ever growing national issue.

The cost of healthcare for employers is becoming higher and higher each year. Please also review our Healthcare Case Management Program

 

The article, “Companies Move to Limit Employees’ Health Costs: bt David McCann looks at some statistics illustrating the growing problem with healthcare costs.  He states,

“The average total health benefit cost per employee grew 3.0% to reach $13,046, following a rise of 3.6% in 2018. This is the eighth consecutive year of health benefit cost growth in the low single digits, and employers expect the cost to rise at a similar pace next year. Still, cost increases continue to outpace overall inflation.”

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Please also review our Healthcare Case Management Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

ADHD Consulting Program Article on ADHD and High School

ADHD can be a nightmare for high school students.  Many teens at this age do not want the stigma or social marking with ADHD.  They fear what other people may think, but it is truly in their best interests to share and educate with teachers and friends.

Revealing or not revealing a learning disability can be a tricky decision in high school. Please also review our ADHD Consulting Program

 

The article, “Should I Talk Openly About My ADHD in High School?” by Sarah Cheyette, discusses the many advantages and also pitfalls of discussing ADHD in high school.  She points out a variety of important things to consider and what to do and what not to do.  She states,

“Teens with ADHD face myriad challenges — many of them invisible. Would high school be easier if your friends knew about your ADHD diagnosis? Or would they treat you differently? Here are eight considerations and talking points for teens who are considering talking openly about their attention deficit for the first time.”

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Please also review our ADHD Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.