The holidays are a time of magical wonder, family, and fun. Yet they may also be accompanied by increased stress, loneliness and a frenzy that leaves us wondering, “Where is my place in it all?” Can you relate?
The thing I have learned is that in times where we feel lonely, stressed and disconnected, often the thing we need most is the thing we resist the most. As cliché as it might sound: People need people. We need each other. We need to feel supported, understood and heard in order to thrive. We need to be touched literally and figuratively to stay connected with the world we live in.
There are so many reasons to disconnect including being overwhelmingly busy, feeling frustrated from repeatedly disheartening interactions, watching the news, reading about politics... the list goes on. But here’s the thing, no matter how long that list gets, the truth remains that to be genuinely happy and well, we need to experience human interaction, love and connection. And this is where resilience comes into play.
Why resilience? Resilience has to do with how quickly we can bounce back from tough times and find our joy again. It’s a practice, just as so much of life is. I bring up resilience when talking about connection because I find it so much easier to tap into my resilient nature when my support systems are in place.
Support systems can come in the form of friends, family (whether it be those you are born into or those you create), counselors, coaches, therapists and communities. In shared interest groups and communities, we have those moments of, “me too”, or “oh my goodness, you are not alone,” or “I’m so glad you are here,” and we experience a sense of belonging. Whenever I feel a sense of belonging, I notice my inspiration to stay resilient remains strong and I know I can continue. I know I’m not alone, phew. It’s calming, it’s relieving, I soften and connect with the part of me that trusts that more is possible. Have you ever had that experience?
For that reason, in this month’s blog I’d like to remind you of resources you can take advantage of during the holidays and beyond to increase a sense of connection, community, and belonging. I know it’s not always easy to reach out or ask for support. I also know that more than likely you’ll be glad you did. I hope for you, as for me, that it will allow you to tap into your own resilience and help you find joy.
TMAP (Team Member Assistance Program)
This service is available to Team Members and their dependents. The offer a limited amount of free in person counseling services as well as several other free services.
Whole Foods Market Medical & Wellness Center Coaches
Our coaches are here to provide you with an empathetic listening ear along with guidance, resources, education and encouragement wherever you are in your journey.
Spring offers convenient mental health visits that can be done from home. They offer mental health screenings, personalized treatment plans, psychotherapy, and medication consultations. This is a paid service and can be accessed at: http://wfm.springhealth.com
This is a website that allows you to search for special interest groups by zip code. Type in an area of interest and your zip code and see what you can find close to you.
This is a website that allows you to search for events in your area with a wide variety of options.
Local Church Organizations
Local Spiritual Centers
Center for Spiritual Living
Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA https://agapelive.com/pages/calendar