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Giving Thanks in 2020

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator

Posted on November 16, 2020

giving thanks headerThis year, we've most likely been focused a lot on what we've missed. We've missed trips and events we were looking forward to, we've had to postpone weddings and honeymoons, lost loved ones and missed the opportunity to say goodbye or grieve them with family and friends, and some of us have even lost our jobs and sense of stability. And as our "new normal" continues without an end in site and we plan what the holidays will look like this year, it can be easy to get stuck in focusing on what we've lost.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to encourage us all to think of what we are thankful for this year, in addition to what we've missed out on, and try to create some meaning around what we've missed. While we've missed a lot, it also created the opportunity for us to really connect at home with family, find a reason to connect virtually with friends far away, and inspired some of us to bring home new furry companions as well.

While this year has given us many reasons to feel slighted and as though we've missed out, it has also given us a new outlook on life and reasons to be grateful for what we have and created this year. Take time this holiday season to acknowledge and appreciate the positive changes you've seen in your life, and work to finding meaning in the things you may have lost.

While it can be hard to feel grateful in time of loss, if we can create meaning in addition to our mourning, we can learn that sadness and grief aren't emotions to avoid, but ones that tells us what was important to us.

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Erin Birely, LCPC, started working as the Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore in September 2016 and joined the Alumni Services Team in 2019 as the Alumni Services Coordinator. Prior to joining Renfrew, Erin had worked in private practice as well as inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient levels of care. Erin has worked in the field of eating disorder treatment since receiving her Master's degree in 2012. She enjoys working with people to make positive and long lasting changes in life through therapy and building their emotional tolerance.
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