Navigating the Holiday Season with Resilience & Community 6-Week Support Series

Weekly on Tuesday
at 12:00pm (MST)

This 6-week support group occurs every Tuesday for 6 weeks from November 28 – January 2.
11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

The holiday season can be a challenging time for individuals who are struggling with their mental health, including eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and family dynamics. To provide a supportive and understanding space, Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center have partnered with Nōn Wels, a Say It Brave Member and founder of The Feely Human Collective, to host a series of virtual support groups. This series aims to offer a sense of community, validation, and strategies for individuals navigating the unique stressors of the holiday season. 

6-Week Overview

November 28
Session 1: Welcome and Setting the Tone

  • Introduction to the series and its hosts: Eating Recovery Center, Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center, and Nōn Wels. 
  • Overview of the goals and expectations of the support group series. Ground rules for maintaining a safe and respectful space.
  • Icebreaker activities to encourage participants to connect and introduce themselves.
  • Open floor to discuss highs and lows faced by members this week. 

December 5
Session 2: Sharing Experiences and Finding Common Ground

  • Participants will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences and challenges during the holiday season.
  • Nōn will facilitate guided discussions on common struggles and emotions.
  • Emphasis on fostering a sense of empathy and validation within the group. 
  • To find common ground: active listening, empathy, assumptions, bias, decentering.

December 12
Session 3: Coping Strategies for Navigating Triggers

  • Discussion on identifying and managing triggers related to food, family gatherings, social events, and more.
  • Triggers or sensitivity around certain experiences varies from person to person. They are a natural response to your experiences.
  • Boundaries, self-awareness (knowing ourselves and what triggers we have), having support of people and community to lean on when we are triggered, regulating emotions. 
  • Nōn will guide participants through mindfulness and coping techniques to navigate triggers effectively. 
  • Sharing of individual coping strategies and techniques: breathing exercises, focusing on here and now (“I am feeling _____ right now”), journaling.

December 19
Session 4: Building Resilience and Self-Care

  • Exploring the importance of self-care and resilience during the holiday season. 
  • Nōn will lead activities focused on building self-compassion and nurturing emotional well-being.

December 26
Session 5: Communicating Boundaries and Seeking Support

  • Open dialogue on setting healthy boundaries with family, friends, and social obligations. 
  • Nōn will facilitate discussions on communication and seeking support when needed. 
  • Participants will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences and challenges during the holiday season. 

January 2
Session 6: Reflection, Gratitude, and Moving Forward

  • Guided reflection on participants' experiences throughout the series. 
  • Discussion on finding moments of gratitude and positivity during the holiday season. 

In the interest of confidentiality and creating a safe space for the group to share, this series will not be recorded.

The support group series will consist of a total of six weekly sessions, each lasting 60 minutes. Sessions will be conducted virtually through Zoom allowing participants to join from the comfort of their homes. 

By offering a supportive virtual space, this series aims to empower individuals to navigate the holiday season with a renewed sense of community, self-awareness, and emotional well-being. 

We are excited to connect with you!

Have questions or need more information about this group?
Email: [email protected]

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