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Managing Holiday Stress and Post-Holiday Let Down

Are you still gearing up for the holiday season or dealing with the aftermath of them?  Either way, it can be very stressful.  Don’t let the holidays become something you dread.  Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays.  Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. 

“As joyous as they can be, the stress and expectations associated with the holidays can overwhelm us and switch our brains into overdrive,” says Brett Kenney, a clinical psychologist based in Colorado.  “Then, once everything’s over, there’s a reckoning—we crash,” Kennedy says.  And on top of this the winter season can be tough on almost everyone.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition of depression that is related to a lack of light during the dark winter months.post-holiday-blues-153800

But there are ways that can help with the post-holiday blues.  You can expect the letdown.  Expecting to feel a little low is a way of telling you that this is a normal feeling and that it will soon pass once the routine re-establishes itself.  You can also choose to see the benefits of the post-holiday time.  After the stress from the holidays are over you can take some time for yourself.  This may also be a good time to consider making changes to improve your situation, especially because not making changes can prolong your blues.  Make the decision to continue spending time with other people and filling up your calendar with activities that give you cause to look forward to something.  Aim to return to eating healthy food, drinking healthy drinks, and ensuring that you keep getting a good amount of exercise.  Don’t forget to make a New Year’s resolution to prioritize health and happiness.  With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays as well as afterwards. 

If your blues don’t lift in the days and weeks after the holidays, consider reaching out to Hanover Township Youth and Family Services for a free confidential assessment.  If you feel your child, yourself or another family member might be struggling with depression or feeling distress or conflict do not hesitate to contact us at 630-483-5799.  We are here to help you and your family. 

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Winter Open Gym Program Offered During School Break- Don't Miss Out!

 Hanover Township Youth and Family Services’ Open Gym Program over winter break begins on Wednesday, December 27.  Since 1995, the Open Gym Program has been offered during school breaks, and this winter break is no exception!  It might be cold outside during the break, but inside Open Gym it’s heating up with a wide array of activities.  Youth can choose what they want to do inside Open Gym, such as participating in basketball or soccer games in the gym or showcasing their art talent at the arts and Crafts station or indulging in board games at the Open Gym Game Room or hanging out with friends.  If your child wants more, they can participate in the challenging STEM activities, plus special activities each day at Open Gym.

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On Wednesday, December 27, Artist Daniela will displaying her artistic talent with an Open Gym favorite, face painting and on Thursday, January 4 at Tefft Middle School, DJ Reggie will be spinning the latest hits plus a collection of Open Gym favorites that will get any child up and dancing.  Each Open Gym site will have cooking demonstrations and the Open Gym Raffle.  Open Gym is a free program.

Open Gym during the winter break will take place on Wednesday, December 27, from 12-4 p.m., for ages 5-16 at Timber Trails Elementary (Enter Door #8), 1675 McDonough Road, Hoffman Estates; Thursday, December 28, 2017, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Tefft Middle School (Enter main Entrance), 1100 Shirley Avenue in Streamwood, IL, for ages 5-18.

For more information on Hanover Township Youth and Family Services Open Gym Program, please contact Jimmy Mix, Program Coordinator, at jmix@hanover-township.org or by calling at 630-483-5799.

 

 

 

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Hanover Township's Tutoring Services Program

 Where do you turn if you’re a parent and your child is struggling with their school work?  You can turn to Hanover Township!   Hanover Township Youth and Family Services offers our  Tutoring Services Program, starting February 13th through April 26th, 2018, at Streamwood High School’s Sabre Center, 701 W. Schaumburg Road in Streamwood, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for weekly one-hour sessions at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

 Maria Petrov, a tutor with the Program since 2014 says, “The Tutoring Services Program is more than teaching and learning, this Program is a confidence builder.  When the kids come here, there is no discrimination in learning, everyone is equal and there is no labeling.”  The Tutoring Services Program is for youth and teens in grades 2-12 and costs $45 per youth each semester for township residents.  Sandra Serrano, whose daughter Jada has been in the Tutoring Services Program since the summer says, “We like the economics of it, it’s very affordable, it’s local and it’s offered year round.”  Jada, who attends every Tuesday shared her thoughts, “I do my homework here and it helps me with my math.” IMG_0954

Certified primary and secondary education teachers who specialize in reading, math, writing, science, social studies, study skills and organizational skills teach in small group settings with one tutor per four youth.  Mike Norek, a tutor for over seven years and specializes in high school math says, “It’s great when parents come back to you and say their child got an A on their test because you helped them.  It’s also nice to see the kids come back year after year.”  Richard Olivarez, a tutor since the start of the Tutoring Services Program almost 20 years ago reflects on his longevity as a tutor, “It’s nice to see joy from students in learning as they gain confidence; they believe in themselves.”

For more information on the Tutoring Services Program or to register, please contact Susan Graffy at 630-483-5799 or sgraffy@hanover-township.org.  Or visit our website, www.hanover-township.org  

 

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 Winter Fun Maze!

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