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Loren M. Gelberg-Goff

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Loren received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and worked for many years in a variety of health care settings. Loren has been in private practice for the past 20 years working with individuals, families and couples helping them to enhance their lives and relationships. Married for 22 years, and a mother of 2, Loren truly understands what it takes to balance work and family life and deal with the stresses of raising a family in today's world.

Loren's workshops and seminars have been widely presented to Fortune 500 companies in New York and New Jersey, on topics of Stress Management, Parenting, Self-Empowerment, Anger Management, Forgiveness, and Coping with Change as well as other life issue topics.

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Finding Hope and Being hopeful: Even in Stressful Times

1. Be patient! At the times that you feel the most overwhelmed, scared, uncertain, etc., act less and rest more. Your body, mind and spirit need time to reconnect to hope and the positive feelings that come with it. You cannot rush this process. Feel your feelings, allow yourself to be aware of reality, and what your needs are in dealing with life. The only true rescue/bailout occurs when we rescue ourselves.

2. STOP! BREATHE! FOCUS! Deep breathing will connect you to the quietness within, where hope, faith, & optimism reside. Breathe through your fear, and remind yourself that you can cope! Say to yourself: "I trust in my abilities to cope!" (deep breath, and let that message flow through you. Repeat as needed as a reminder of your strength and capabilities ) If you practice this in good times (when you don't consciously need the reminders) it will feel more natural and you will feel more readily sustained by it during difficult times. Remember, everything that you have lived through up to now in you life, YOU have coped with. Today, and going forward, you get to consciously choose HOW you want to cope.

3. REACH OUT: When you feel down and without hope, is when you most need to reach out and stay connected. Though you may want to retreat and withdraw from friends and family, take a deep breath and make plans to get together and connect. These are the times we most need love and support. If this is challenging, or your support system is limited, reach out for a support group, counseling, (professional or pastoral) but Reach Out!

4. Life is about learning lessons. Look at the circumstances that are challenging you today, and ask yourself what life lesson(s) you can take from this. What are you learning about yourself in this situation? How does this lesson help you going forward more effectively in your life?

5. Practice your rituals: meditations, exercise, affirmations, writing in your gratitude journal, brain dumps, etc. Keep doing these things even when you don't want to, because they'll sustain you and help you maintain a steady course until you can reconnect to your own internal well-spring of hope. Sometimes just putting one foot in front of the other and getting through each day is enough to offer up the opportunity that you can, and do, not only survive, but you thrive.

Even in our darkest times we can have hope. Trust that it is within you and that you can and will be able to access it again.

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