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December 19, 2016

Earl Grollman wrote, “Each person’s grief journey is as unique as a fingerprint or snowflake.” This quote speaks to the idea that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve, because people grieve differently.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one.

During the holiday season, symptoms of grief that have previously dissipated may suddenly return, and it can seem as though one is actively grieving again. This experience is known as “anniversary grief.” Although anniversary reactions can occur for many years following a loved one’s death, they are usually felt most deeply during the first holiday season.

It is important to know that the return of grief...

December 8, 2016

Do you ever wish you were a kid again? Ever hope that the child-like wonder and anticipation you felt surrounding the month of December would return?

In adulthood, so much can drown out the joy and anticipation of the holidays. The main culprit is often stress. During the holidays, we tend to have a lot going on—a lot more than usual. With end of the year deadlines at work, family conflict, financial burdens, additional extracurricular activities, or hosting holiday gatherings—it is easy to feel the stress pile on.

At Your Vision Achieved (YVA), we would like to share three tangible ways to help minimize anxiety the holidays often bring.

  1. Treat Yourself. Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project notes, “If I give more to myself, I can ask more from myself. Self-regard isn’t selfish.” Treats may sound self-indulgent and frivolous, but th...

December 7, 2016

Last week, (November 20, 2016) Selena Gomez, the American actress and singer, made a rare public appearance at the American Music Awards (AMAs) since announcing in August that she was checking into rehab to confront her depression and anxiety.

In her acceptance speech for Favorite Female Artist, Gomez addressed her hiatus and encouraged viewers who may be struggling themselves to get help. Gomez told fans, “If you are broken you don’t have to stay broken.” Whether you are a fan of her music or not, we applaud Gomez’s willingness to expose her vulnerability, and we believe there are four main takeaways from her journey:

  1. Learn to Rest Not to Quit. Gomez’s decision to take a break from touring and check herself into rehab reminds us to learn to rest, not to quit. In fact, her decision to confront her depression and anxiety head on has only strengt...

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