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Updated: May 24, 2020

Currently, our global world is in a state of constant flux and unprecedented uncertainty due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Businesses and schools are closed, families are separated, loved ones are dying alone and this international crisis has caused all of us to rethink our way of life to both adapt and survive. In times of uncertainty, our normal reaction is one of fear. We fervently ask "What is going on" "When will this end" "Why is this happening" "Whose to blame" and there are a multitude of answers for each of those questions. Post Traumatic Growth requires us to look at these challenges from another angle such as "How do I find gratitude in the midst of adapting to what cant be controlled" "What have I done in tough situations before" "What am I doing each moment to benefit myself, my family and take care of others" and "Can I tap into what is already there to manage the uncertainty' This recent WLTX interview shares sound tips of dealing with anxiety and stress. I am a firm believer in our human abilities and gifts and know that this trying times are taking all of us "back home" in many ways...



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Updated: May 24, 2020

As the holidays are fast approaching, many people are dealing with unexpected or sudden loss which can include the untimely death of a loved one, divorce/separation, family tragedy, or some unknowing circumstance that completely altered their daily existence. Usually overwhelming shock is the initial response and this can last for months... even years. When people face bereavement or other kinds of trauma, they need to eventually incorporate the loss or impact into their now altered state and be listened to in order to heal. In general, we are uncomfortable with that level of human pain and can quickly "jump" to rescue, try to talk them out of where they simply are or remain rigid in our own response due to our own discomfort. It is natural to feel reluctant or even afraid of facing another's painful feelings. It is also important that the fear does not prevent us from doing what we can to help someone who is suffering. While each situation is unique, the most important thing is to be there, listen and show you care. Intense grief and how it manifests can look completely "irrational.' Many times, this life does not deliver the "rational" and the result is the primal human pain that must be endured. It is not simply "I just have to get through the holidays..." it can be "I just need to get through the moment and then Ill go to the next'




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I do not believe in resolutions. Statistics show that 92 percent of people who make them actually fail by the beginning of February. Living daily with ingrained positive life style changes will be the more effective antidote for lasting results including living each day in both gratitude and joy. As 2019 kisses us hello, I am much more aware of how fleeting this life is and how connecting with and giving to each other is the key to quality of life during any stage or transition. During the past year, JJWOLFF COUNSELING SERVICES actually doubled in the number of clients served especially in the crisis management arena. As the times have evolved, the mental health milieu has transitioned also to being more "in tune" with making counseling services more mainstreamed and convenient for someone seeking help. The introduction of new strategies such as Telemental Health ("videocounseling") shows that the demand is there to completely meet people where they are...when they are there. In faith, JJWOLFF COUNSELING was envisioned to be creative, innovative and focused completely on the comfort level of the person or family in need. Engaging my heart and extending myself "non traditionally" to meet the needs of people has added to the success and I am incredibly grateful. Another year brings daily opportunity to work harder, love deeper, appreciate more, and reach out to someone at all costs...that is the answer. Simply showing up and caring...Here's to the end of an incredible year and the promising dawn of another



Wishing You All The Blessings Imaginable, Jennifer

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