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Chanukah Is Here

Managing Expectations for the Holidays

Winter lights, presents, family gatherings and traditional foods. Along with the magic of the season may come real challenges.  How are you managing expectations for the holidays for you and your children? What do you picture when you think about the holidays?  It could be memories of past holidays or dreams of more satisfying celebrations.  Maybe you have financial concerns or…

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Pesach Stress Free

Passover Anxiety & Family Stress: 7 Tips to Beat it!

Passover is known in our tradition as the holiday of freedom and liberation. Yet, the Pesach season is often muddled with anxiety and family stress. This time of year is especially difficult for individuals and families dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, and in today's world who isn't dealing with something? “The Jewish holidays and Pesach in particular…

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Eating Disorder Recovery Over Passover

Eating Disorder Recovery Over Passover: Making it Possible

Passover is upon us and like all holidays it is often a challenging time for everyone. A time of high stimulation and excitement comes along with stress and anxiety. This is true for the majority of individuals. However, for those in eating disorder recovery, or those struggling with any kind of adversarial relationship to food, this time of year can…

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Dealing With Unhealthy Relationships

Surrounded By Unhealthy Relationships This Pesach?

How many unhealthy relationships are you navigating this Pesach? Holidays can be beautiful. There's time to spend with family and friends, and an opportunity to disconnect from work, school, and other demanding and time-consuming obligations. As cliché as it sounds, we all know that holidays are also stressful. The Yom Tov of Pesach, being eight days long and involving numerous…

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