You may have heard that it’s normal to experience depression over the holidays. While there are many different reasons that this can occur, it’s also normal to experience a bout of depression after the holidays are over.

Of course, this year has felt like a rollercoaster ride to many — and with so many people who chose to remain home and instead settled for seeing friends and family members via video calls, the holidays probably seemed quite a bit different this year. At Two Rivers Counseling, we want you to know that no matter what you’re feeling, you’re normal and you’re not alone.

Feeling the Weight of the Year

There is absolutely no doubt that 2020 has brought a wide range of emotions to the forefront for people all over the world. Some have had to adapt to the new routine of working from home and all of the challenges that come with that change. Others are dealing with new regulations at work that make their day more challenging. Add in the fact that we had a tumultuous election season (and an even more tumultuous aftermath) and it can all start to feel like a never ending stream of frustration.

Here’s one thing you need to know — it’s okay to feel the way you’re feeling. This year has taken a toll on everyone and we all process things differently. You should also know that it’s okay to ask for help. 

Reaching Out

For some, reaching out to friends and family can even start to feel like a challenge. It simply becomes another item in an unending list of things you have to do. What was once an opportunity to connect has turned into a chore. In other words, even though you may not physically be around people, you still feel “peopled out.”

Again, that’s normal!

We’ve all had to carry a great deal of mental weight with us over the past year. Countless things have changed — some for the better, and some for the worse. It can be incredibly difficult to process it all thanks in no small part to the sheer number of changes we have experienced.

Professional, Personal, Effective Counseling

Even therapy sessions aren’t the same as they used to be. The good news? Two Rivers Counseling is proud to offer online counseling sessions that are specifically designed to meet you where you are. 

Dr. Jeffrey Post-Holmberg would love nothing more than to lend an ear to the things you’re going through before offering a helpful perspective that’s designed to bring balance to your everyday life and thought process. Additionally, he will take a look at discovering life-affirming thoughts that you can hold onto in times of stress, frustration, and difficulty.

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn from your past in order to envision what the future has in store for you. After all, it is often at the end of difficulty that we realize what the past has taught us. Although it’s difficult now, you don’t have to walk the path alone — and at the end of the day, you can turn those past difficulties into a hedge against the challenges to come.

Schedule an Appointment Today

At Two Rivers Therapy, our approach is to help patients reprocess damaging neural pathways in the brain that haven’t healed on their own. From there, we discover life-affirming alternative thoughts and work towards balancing those thoughts into your everyday life. 

Dr. Post-Holmberg offers therapy sessions for individuals, couples, and families who need help in these trying times. No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to experience it on your own. Dr. Post-Holmberg has developed a reputation for listening deeply and carefully to help understand the connections between our experiences and our current situation. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, or trauma, we’ll work together to abandon harmful brain connections and forge new and functional pathways in your brain.

Have a question? Interested in scheduling a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if Two Rivers Counseling is right for you? We’d love to hear from you, so contact us today or feel free to book an appointment online. We’re here for you, we’d love to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.