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COVID-19 stress isn’t taking a break for the holidays, but one mental health organization is here to help you cope.”Therapists for Protester Wellness” are normally taking to the streets, helping protesters deal with stress and trauma. The newly-created organization, comprised of more than 50 mental health professionals, were prevalent in the protests in Louisville for Breonna Taylor. As stress, anxiety and depression strike this holiday season, they’re shifting their focus to meet the needs of the community through a virtual outreach program.“We’re going to be releasing some videos to our Facebook page that will give people some different techniques to deal with that stress of the holidays and not being around loved ones,” said Kelli Christian, member of Therapists for Protester Wellness.In addition to the videos from the organization’s members such as yoga instructors and therapists, the group is set to offer a “protester care package’ that will help people further connect with self-care and coping skills.According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, the country is facing a national mental health crisis, making the work of Therapists for Protesters Wellness more important than ever in the Kentucky area. “Everyone is surviving a huge trauma, a national pandemic on top of all the racial injustice and politics that’s going on,” said therapist Laura Muir. “So, be kind to yourself and love yourself and everything else is going to work out.”In addition to the services provided by the organization, experts say there are things you can do on your own to cope with the non-traditional 2020 holiday season. “Maybe this is a great opportunity to look at new traditions,” said Muir. “What new traditions can you maybe start with your immediate family that makes that Thanksgiving Day a little brighter.”Additionally, experts say grounding techniques such as applying essential oils to your body, creating a space in your home that’s comfortable for you, and even choosing not to decorate this season can help you cope if the holidays are a reminder of stress.Most importantly, make yourself and your mental health a priority.“When everything else seems too overwhelming, just go back to the basics of fueling yourself with health food, getting enough sleep, staying active,” said Muir.More information about the services that Therapists for Protest Wellness provide can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/335215111251944

COVID-19 stress isn’t taking a break for the holidays, but one mental health organization is here to help you cope.

“Therapists for Protester Wellness” are normally taking to the streets, helping protesters deal with stress and trauma. The newly-created organization, comprised of more than 50 mental health professionals, were prevalent in the protests in Louisville for Breonna Taylor. As stress, anxiety and depression strike this holiday season,…

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