Coping Skills – October

It is difficult to cope with the stress of starting a new family, a divorce, a separation, or a personal or family member’s addiction.  During difficult times, use an effective coping skill (or coping tool as we sometimes call it) to work through the issue. Some positive coping tools are physical activity and joining a group activity.

The month of October consists of great outdoor activities throughout Chicagoland that promote wellness. Try something different this month.  Set a goal.  Make the commitment.  The reward is finding a positive outlet for stress, worry, or concern which will help you get closer to where you want to be!

Here are a few ideas for physical activity or for joining a group activity in October:

1. Make a Difference Day, Saturday October 22, 2011: Many cities across the United States participate in this annual day of doing good. Activities range from helping a neighbor rake leaves to a citywide food drive, etc.  For example, the City of Wheaton’s Community Relations Commission has organized a city event.  For more information, please visit: Regardless of where you live, you can participate in this national event.  For more information, please read this brochure:

2. College of DuPage Laps with the Chaps 5K run/walk.  All levels of experience are welcome at the first annual College of DuPage run/walk.  To learn more, please visit:

If our clients are working hard to positively improve the mind, body and spirit, so will we. Erin Birt has committed to training and running her first 5K during the month of October!



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