The Kiwanis Club of Providence Point invited members from our Kiwanis Club of Issaquah to attend their meeting (via Zoom) on 12/04/20. Their guest speakers were Thomas A. Glass, Ph.D. (in Clinical Psychology) and his wife Harriet Glass who has degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Creative Arts Therapy. Both of them are now retied and live in Providence Point
“HOW TO COPE WITH THE HOLIDAY BLUES IN THE TIME OF THE COVID PANDEMIC”
Everyone is now dealing with the concept of the “New Normal”. People now have to deal with the downsizing of the holidays and the acceptance those holidays will be different and that it is important that a person needs to ask themselves what they are feeling.
Dr. Glass said that there are 5 “Thinking Errors”
Be on the lookout for kinds of negative thinking. It is best to jot down on paper these things when negative thinking comes into play:
To relieve stress, a person can do crafts, do writings (poems, letters) sewing, or take a walk in nature. Slow and quiet music such as ocean sounds, rainfall sounds or any other great meditation music can also help relieve stress. It is best to sit or lie in a comfortable chair and turn off all electronic technology but have the soft and quiet music in the background. As you are sitting there, you can do this activity:
In this meeting, Harriet Glass told us of another way to relieve stress and she asked the audience members to sit back comfortably in our chairs as her husband put on some soft and quiet background music and she asked us to do the following:
She then spoke softly and asked these questions slowly so that we could think about them in our mind.
Now she instructed us to bring our focus back to our body and our breath and to let our eyes open and come back to this meeting.
Their closing remarks were that a person can’t control the past or the future and that a person needs to practice “Acceptance”
Notes scribed by The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah club treasurer Jeri Tolstedt 12/7/2020