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The Holiday Blues vs Depression

Written by Steven Brand on . Posted in Blog, Roswell Therapist

The Holiday Blues

No it’s not a song on Bruce Springsteen’s latest album. It’s an issue millions of people struggle with.

Did you know 2/3 of women report they are depressed around the holidays? (NWHRC Study)

I think this is due in part to expectations and internalizing that they are not meeting them. Every year women think, “this year, I will get it all done”. But then so quickly December 25th sneaks up and the time has passed. Part of getting out of this rut is giving yourself …


Grace to get up and try again.

Grace to say, “I can’t do it anything and it’s going to be okay” or grace to say, “ I will do a little bit and accept that it is enough”.

Grace that Christmas isn’t about looking “perfect” or acting “perfect” on social media.

Grace that Christmas is only about love.

And sharing love, even in small doses.


You would be surprised how good you will feel if you made 3 people smile today. Try it!

This is especially true if you know someone who suffers from depression, it isn’t necessarily your job to make them happy, but acknowledging that they matter and sharing a little encouragement can go a long way.

A solution to turning your holiday blues around is to not spend the entire time isolated if this is your struggle.

“Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. … People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse.“

Small doses of getting out and participating can give you a sense of accomplishment. Driving by some lights or attending a candle light service is enough.

Find some joy this holiday by giving joy. And if you can’t give joy because of where you are at…

It’s going to be okay.

You are enough. There is plenty of grace to go around.

Merry Christmas.
Steve Brand, Roswell Therapist

Dealing with Toxic People-Part 2

Written by Steven Brand on . Posted in Blog, Executive Life Coaching, Life Coaching Atlanta, Roswell Therapist

If you supervise a difficult or toxic person, you know it holds a particular set of challenges. You are probably trying to walk the line between firmness and friendliness in your management and a challenging personality can easily knock your style off-kilter. Last month, we discussed suggestions for how to deal with a grumpy or negative coworker, this month, here are my suggestions for effective management styles for the dreaded office grouch.

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  1. Pay Attention – Many times a person may act out because they feel helpless, bored or unheard. Listen to clues into how the person thinks, what problems he or she faces, and whether or not there is anything you can do about it. You may be able to adjust their responsibilities to keep them engaged and interested. Or they may just need someone to care enough to hear what they have to say.
  2. Be Firm – This means giving specific, constructive feedback when you see a performance or interpersonal problem that is affecting your company. Do not avoid conflict! Check out my blog from last year about how to effectively handle a confrontation.
  3. Set Consequences– Be clear about ramifications for destructive behavior and follow through. Avoid arbitrary punishments and inconsistent enforcement. Frame these conversations in a positive light, encouraging the employee to live up to the potential you see in them or they may miss out on certain privileges.
  4. Avoid Gossip – Talking to a fellow employee or subordinate about the difficult person will only create more strife in your office environment. Just. Don’t.
  5. Take Notes – Keep track of incidents and behaviors in your documentation. This will help you to be specific when you confront an employee. The notes will also be invaluable if you ever have the unfortunate task of letting a toxic employee go.

As an Executive Success Coach, I want to help you manage your employees more effectively, which inevitably helps your bottom line. Contact me today for a consultation,