Happy Winter Solstice everyone. At Columbia PROS we are keeping the light shining . In October we started our new fall/winter class schedule. This semester we are offering sixty-nine weekly classes. These are designed to teach people practical strategies for successfully self-managing the day to day challenges and stressors that can be complicated by having a mental health diagnosis. The idea is that increased knowledge plus increased self awareness equals increased coping skills and increased choices when it comes to self-management; and hopefully this will support people to make fewer trips to the emergency room, to have fewer interactions with the legal system, and to achieve increased success at work and at home.
“The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be” Shakti Gawain
If you are interested in learning about the classes we are offering for adults at PROS, you can contact Karie Conrad or Robert Dietrich, and we can provide you with a class schedule and class descriptions.
But for now . . . a word about journaling. Journaling is an ancient tradition and a powerful tool. It’s one of the coping skills that some people use at Columbia PROS. Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Journaling can help to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and cope with depression. It can help a person recognize triggers and track symptoms; it can help clarify thoughts and emotions; and it provides an opportunity for positive self-talk and distraction from negative thoughts.
In journaling class, students are encouraged to try to write every day, to write whatever feels right in whatever format that feels right, and to share each week with the class – or not – depending on what feels comfortable.
Here is an entry written this semester and kindly shared by one of the members of journaling class:
“I’m torn between many worlds. Whether to go forward, whether to stay the same, whether to change, whether to cling to the familiar, whether to take chances, whether to be stubborn, whether to wait, whether to move on. My reality changes on a daily basis, as does everyone else’s. Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, sometimes I move on, sometimes I dwell, sometimes I get over things about myself. I am no different from anybody else trying to get over mental difficulties, or not that different from anyone just trying to be a good person. Every day is a battle. I’m just glad to be alive to see the positive aspects of my being. Taking chances and stepping out of your comfort zone is not a comfortable feeling for anyone, but it is rewarding. I have this idea that I’d like to help everyone, but it has to happen on my time, because change, for me and in me, is a patient slow-going process, and I prefer to act slowly, not always at the perfect time, but when I ‘m comfortable doing it.” J.O.
May we all have a restful and inspiring winter. Shine on everyone. K.C.