Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Survival Kit

The Holidays can be a difficult time for many people, most especially during these difficult economic times. Below is a road map to successfully negotiate the emotional tidal wave  associated with the season without loosing control, exploding in anger, or over indulging.

THE KEYS TO RESILIENCY are tools we can use to cope with the various emotional challenges and triggers the Holidays may bring.  Resiliency is a learned behavior that anyone may learn and incorporate at any point in their life.

Warm Regrads,
North Valley Anger Management Consultants

Defining Resilience
The word "resiliencies" is used to describe clusters of stengths that are mobilized in the
struggle with hardship. The vocabulary of strengths includes seven resiliencies which are as
Insight -
asking tough questions and giving honest answers.
Independence -
distancing emotionally and physically from the sources of trouble in one's
Relationships -
making fulfilling connections to other people. -
Initiative -
taking charge of problems.
Creativity -
using imagination and expressing oneself in art forms.
Humor -
finding the comic in the tragic.
Morality -
acting on the basis of an informed conscience.
Diagramming the Seven Resiliencies
The Wolins have represented the resiliencies pictorially on a diagram they call the
resiliency mandala. A symbolic circle that stands for peace and order in the self, the mandala
was identified by Carl Jung as a universal symbol.