The holidays…a time when everyone is supposed to be filled with joy and glad tidings, a time for family and friends, good food, and making new happy memories.

Unfortunately, not everyone can embrace the holiday season in this traditional way. Not everyone enjoys the onset of November and December…in fact, for many it’s a time of stress, high anxiety, worry, and loneliness. Enduring this time is something many would rather not deal with, and if possible just prefer the calendar go from October right to January 2.  For survivors, this is so often the case, and even those who aren’t survivors, the holidays can be incredibly difficult.

Let’s not forget to factor in that the Daylight Saving Time change happens for many as well, which can make an already time tough, even more difficult. The days are shorter, sleep schedules get all messed up; and so not only are we fighting through memories and anxiety, but our daily routine changes too.

What about things that aren’t always directly tied to being a survivor of trauma; those who are divorced and alone during the holidays, and struggling financially just to keep food on the table and buy some Christmas presents.  Memories of a lost loved one or family pet, concerns about downsizing at their job, so many things bring the stress and anxiety levels to record highs and it’s all you can do just to find a little bit of hope.

Maybe you can relate as well?

The pain and stress of the holidays is no joke and can be re-traumatizing even for the most seasoned survivor.

This is why I decided to start Holiday Survivor Support. To bring together as many as possible who struggle with not only the pain of the past but also current circumstances, and are simply trying to survive this difficult time. It’s a place of validation, encouragement, and support. A safe place where all who struggle are welcome without judgment or shame.

In this secret Facebook group, you’ll be able to interact with survivors all over the world who are coming together to give and receive support, and to encourage one another. Each day myself or one of the staff will be posting up something to help you as you work through the holiday season. Posted content will include things like:

  • Poems
  • Meme’s
  • Blog Posts
  • Live Coaching & Interaction*
  • Coping Strategies
  • Self-Care ideas
  • and more!

Of course, as a member of Holiday Survivor Support, you can also post up your thoughts and ideas, interact with members, and help support one another so we can all reap the full benefits of a combined group of like-minded survivors.

*Each week I’ll come on Facebook Live, within the group. This will be a time to ask questions and share ideas on the topic that day. Come with your thoughts, concerns, self-care strategies, coping skills, and anything that’s on your mind that you’d like to discuss about surviving the holidays. If you can’t watch the live broadcast, that’s can catch the replay whenever you have time to stop in. 

Because the Facebook Group is Secret, you can feel confident in knowing that your posts and interactions are private…no-one outside of the group will know you are part of it.

I may even keep the group going after the holidays, so stay tuned for that and we’ll discuss it within the group.

So…if this sounds like something that you’d like to learn more about, here’s how it works:

  1. Fill out the short request form at the bottom of this page, and in the Message section, let me know in just a few sentences why you’d like to join the group, and then click “Send It”.
  2. I will then be notified of your request, and will send you an email in return, so you can Friend me on Facebook and then I’ll add you as soon as possible. Please make sure you add my address to your contacts list so my email doesn’t get caught in a bulk or spam folder. Coaching at Beyond Your Past dot com
  3. That’s it, you’re all set and can begin participating.

We do ask for your patience in responding to your email. Myself or one of the Moderators will respond to you within 24 hours, if not sooner. 

Pretty simple right!  This is all about You receiving the support that You Deserve! I’m excited to have you along this journey during the holidays! Come as you are, no pressure to be anyone other than yourself. Stop by the group as often as you like and let’s all support one another together.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime through email: Coaching at Beyond Your Past dot com.

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