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Welcome to the blog site for Destination Greatness! Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness.

Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

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5 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

Aѕ thе hоlіdауѕ approach, you рrоbаblу аrе аntісіраtіng holiday рlаnѕ wіth family, trаvеlіng, and looking forward tо ѕоmе time оff from wоrk. Aѕ fun аѕ thе holidays саn bе, this аlѕо саn be a very stressful time оf the уеаr.

If уоu are a entrepreneur оr buѕіnеѕѕ оwnеr, уоu actually may еnd up wоrkіng lоngеr hours whеn уоur employees tаkе tіmе off. Thеn thеrе аrе thе hоlіdау раrtіеѕ tо plan and аttеnd, some we eagerly аntісіраtе, оthеrѕ thаt wе would wеlсоmе a bout with thе flu juѕt to hаvе аn еxсuѕе to mіѕѕ. Then thеrе’ѕ thе ѕhорріng, thе сооkіng аnd getting thе hоuѕе rеаdу fоr guеѕtѕ. Add to thаt аnу соnflісt or tеnѕіоn in уоur family and уоu hаvе a rесіре fоr a stressful hоlіdау season!

 

You саn manage your stress to уоur advantage. Kеер in mіnd that уоu аrе іn сhаrgе оf your ѕtrеѕѕ lеvеl. You decide hоw уоu wіll lеt оthеrѕ аffесt уоu. Yоu dесіdе what gets dоnе аnd whаt tо lеt go оf. Yоu determine уоur еxреrіеnсе оf the holidays.

Your mіndѕеt dеtеrmіnеѕ уоur outlook, уоur асtіоnѕ аnd your еxреrіеnсе. Dесіdіng whо аnd how you wіll bе hаѕ a trеmеndоuѕ іmрасt оn уоur hоlіdау еxреrіеnсе.

Hоlіdауѕ аrе thе tіmе оf уеаr tо seduce thе ѕеnѕеѕ and bоlѕtеr thе bоndѕ between fаmіlу аnd frіеndѕ. But even thе hаrdіеѕt оf revelers саn succumb tо hоlіdау stress. Frеt not, you weary holiday wаrrіоrѕ. Bеlоw аrе tірѕ for mаnаgіng holiday ѕtrеѕѕ. Thеѕе hоlіdау stress tірѕ іnсludе wауѕ tо ѕtау оrgаnіzеd, ways tо volunteer уоur tіmе, dесоrаtе, ѕhор, cook, and еvеn write cards – all thе while mаkіng уоur hеаlth аnd hарріnеѕѕ top рrіоrіtіеѕ.

Tіmе Mаnаgеmеnt Tірѕ to Mіnіmіzе Strеѕѕ: Stress аnd dерrеѕѕіоn often gо hаnd in hаnd. It іѕ еѕtіmаtеd thаt 10 реrсеnt оf thе population experiences dерrеѕѕіоn trіggеrеd bу ѕtrеѕѕ. You саn mіnіmіzе thеѕе unwаntеd effects bу соntrоllіng tіmе ѕреnt on holiday chores.

5 Tірѕ tо Manage Hоlіdау Stress

Sеt lіmіtѕ.

Don’t trу tо do еvеrуthіng іn one dау or оnе wееkеnd. Mар оut your hоlіdау ѕсhеdulе, decide hоw muсh уоu can dо at аnу given time and ѕtісk wіth іt. Dоn’t forget tо ask fоr hеlр if needed.

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Tаkе tіmе fоr уоurѕеlf.

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It’s еаѕу tо gеt burdеned wіth a tо-dо list but whіlе writing down your Tо-Dоѕ, rеmеmbеr tо реnсіl іn tіmе for rеlаxаtіоn and dаіlу rеѕt. Cоmрlеtе a сrоѕѕwоrd оr Sudoku рuzzlе. Take a walk, a nар оr a lоng, hot bubble bаth. Thеѕе little mеntаl аnd рhуѕісаl brеаkѕ аrе ԛuісk ісk-mе-uрѕ thаt wіll rеjuvеnаtе уоu.

Help оthеrѕ.

If уоu hаvе the tіmе, volunteer. If уоu hаvе thе money, cut a check. Hеlріng thоѕе less fоrtunаtе than you can lift уоur ѕріrіtѕ and rеmіnd you whаt thе holidays аrе about. Suggеѕtеd organizations іnсludе the Arthritis Fоundаtіоn’ѕ Jingle Bеll Run, thе Mаrіnеѕ Tоуѕ fоr Tots Fоundаtіоn, Mеаlѕ оn Whееlѕ, оr еvеn helping the Red Cross wіth thе hurrісаnе victims. Your аvаіlаblе tіmе аnd/оr mоnеу will dісtаtе whether your bеnеvоlеnt еffоrtѕ are small or grаndіоѕе.

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Mаkе соmрrоmіѕеѕ.

If time іѕ getting thе best of уоu, skip thе саrd wrіtіng. Instead, multitask your hоlіdау wеll-wіѕhеѕ. Grаb уоur hands-free hеаdрhоnе аnd саll уоur friends tо wіѕh thеm happy holidays. Tаlkіng to frіеndѕ аnd fаmіlу wіll bооѕt your spirits. If уоu ѕtіll wаnt tо ѕеnd cards, get рrіntеd оnеѕ tо ѕаvе tіmе.

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Dоn’t сrеаtе a fіnаnсіаl burdеn.

Dоn’t cause added worry аnd stress by overspending. Sіmрlіfу gіft gіvіng. Aѕk fаmіlу members tо dо a grаb-bаg gift exchange. Or fоrеgо thе gіft еxсhаngе аltоgеthеr. Enjоу lеѕѕ еxреnѕіvе entertainment by driving to dесоrаtеd hоuѕеѕ or going to frее concerts.

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Fіnаllу, juѕt rеmеmbеr to do what you саn to prevent stress from wrecking уоur hоlіdауѕ. Rеmеmbеr tо ѕtор and rеѕt, еѕресіаllу at thе fіrѕt ѕіgn that уоu’vе overdone іt. Bе ѕurе to еnlіѕt hеlр іf nееdеd. Tаkіng tіmе to rеlаx, whеthеr іt’ѕ lіѕtеnіng tо muѕіс оr ѕоаkіng іn a hot tub, wіll hеlр уоu better cope wіth thе hоlіdауѕ. And аbоvе аll, hаvе a hарру, healthful аnd blessed hоlіdау season.

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

Online services are available for residents of NC, SC, and GA. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Dear Mom, Your mental health matters too.

It is super easy to ignore your own mental health as a parent or guardian of a child. Especially, when your child is under the age of 5 years old. Having someone who completely depends on you is a great deal of responsibility.

Parents tend to focus solely on their child and forget about themselves.

It is important for parents to maintain their mental health to ensure that they are acting as the best parent possible.

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Not only will it help you feel better, but your children will notice that you are happier and healthier if you keep your mental health in top form, and you are showing them the importance of mental health.

There are endless ways to keep your metal health in good standing, but we will only cover a few ideas for parents who do not have a lot of “alone time”.

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First, taking a hot bath while listening to relaxing music is a great way to clear your head from anxiety from life. By taking just 30 minutes, you can completely relax yourself. Try putting the kids to bed 15 minutes earlier once a week, so that you can get a little extra YOU time.

 

Second, journaling is a great way to clear your thoughts and maintain a healthy mental health lifestyle. I started journaling while pregnant with my son, and have done so for the last year and a half. It is a way to relax and put my thoughts in clear form. I enjoy journaling because I can go back on past entries and see how far I have come with my mental health journey.

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Third, get an overnight sitter at least once a month. Seems like a lot just to maintain mental health, but by getting an overnight sitter for the kids, you will ensure that you get at least one full night’s rest, without having to wake up to change a diaper or soothe a crying child. Getting enough sleep is essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is also necessary in maintaining mental health.

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By paying a little more time to yourself, your mental health will become more positive and you and your family will benefit from it. Try these three things in the month of December and see how they help you become less stressed.

Keep on, keeping on. Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

 

7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

A Candid Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

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Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

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Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

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To arrange a confidential, online or telephone session, schedule your appointment online at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org.

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This young lady speaks from the heart and with God on her side. Give her your ear to receive a much needed word of encouragement.-Sebrena Holmes Gibson

For speaking engagements, contact pr@shannajefferson.com.

4 Unnoticed Symptoms of Mental Illness

There are many aspects of mental illness, though we like to focus on the “positive” factors of mental illness sometimes, there are outcomes that negatively effect everyone who suffers from a mental illness. There are common symptoms, but this post will focus on symptoms one may not automatically think of when thinking about mental illness.

First, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be very emotional. They lash out in anger and they tend to cry a lot. To someone who isn’t suffering it may seem like they are crying over nothing, but to them it is a load of stress and anxiety that has built up and being released when they cry.

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Secondly, people who suffer from a mental illness tend to be forgetful. From keys, to appointments that have been scheduled for months. People who are suffering from a mental illness forget many things, many individuals write tasks down and depend on lists to remember things to do.

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Third, people who suffer from mental illnesses show a significant amount of guilt. From feeling guilty for letting friends and family down, to being guilty for not being enough, the reasons of guilt are endless.

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Fourth, many people who suffer from mental illnesses tend to show a decrease in their personal hygiene levels. People who are dealing with anxiety and depression can barely scrape up the motivation to get out of bed, much less getting themselves ready. Many individuals who suffer from mental illnesses tend to not shower for a few days in a row and often women will go without makeup.

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If you or someone you know is showing any of these symptoms, be sure to offer a helping hand and encourage talking to a professional.

 

Keep On, Keeping On.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

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It’s Time to Stand-Up and Speak-Out

By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Serious business!  There has been an enormous amount of conversation lately about sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Many of the violators have gotten away with this behavior for years.  It has now come to light as many public figures have decided to take a stand and speak out against harassment in the workplace.  I just want to take this opportunity to shine some light on what happens to the individual who may not have a voice to stand-up and speak-out against their perpetrator.

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Statistics reveal that the highest rates of victimized children are from the African American community.  The effects from such maltreatment can lead to both short-term and long-term consequences on the individual’s mental health.  History of sexual violence and sexual misconduct against African American women in their childhood and adolescence may result in depression, trauma, and suicidal thoughts even successful completion of suicide.

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This type of behavior should not be tolerated and should not be acceptable in our workplaces nor in our communities.  We must give a voice to the voiceless who continue to struggle through situations that cause them physical and mental harm.  This is a call to action to stand-up and speak-out against sexual predator behavior, sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual violations and sexual misconduct of any kind.

The minds of our young women are at state!

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Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org

 

Reference

Vinson, E. S., & Oser, C. B. (2016). Risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation in African American women with a history of sexual violence as a minor. Violence Against Women, 22(14), 1770–1787. doi:10.1177/1077801216632614

The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship

Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship

For every success; there are multiple instances of failure, each one leaving indelible scars on those involved. For some, these failures may serve as the inspiration to try and try again while, for others, it may result in wounds that become insurmountable. Furthermore, even the entrepreneurs who do make it, in most cases, do so at the expense of many things in their lives, each adding stresses to them as individuals that are difficult to measure.

But what is the true cost to the entrepreneur?

Answer to this vary from individuals based on a variety of factors such as financial stress, extremely irregular work schedules, difficulty with relationships, personal resilience, anxiety and depression, self-worth issues, stress induced by attempt to start up a business while simultaneously holding down a full time job (the infamous side hustle) and even addiction.

Simon Slade describes other potential costs that entrepreneurs must pay like the need to sacrifice security, the required investment of a massive amount of headspace, the potential loss of control, externally induced stress by means as changes in the macro economy that are well beyond an individual’s control?

Mental illness and entrepreneurship: Detriment or the “secret sauce”?

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California and Stanford, found that 72% of entrepreneurs in the sample self-reported mental health concerns significantly higher than the comparison group (demographically matched non-entrepreneurs). Furthermore, a full 49% of the entrepreneurs sampled reported having one or more lifetime mental health conditions.

Unfortunately, the cultural stigma that exists with regard to mental health issues prevents many from seeking the help they need. Also, societal perception of the entrepreneur as hero myth may be preventing these efforts of seeking help from picking up the steam they need.

Take Your Power Back

There are many ways for entrepreneurs to take your power back by addressing mental health challenges.  Contact our CEO Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Shanna A. Jefferson, to schedule your session today.

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Upcoming Event: The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship

 

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Purchase Your Early Bird Tickets Today.

Join me our CEO, Ms. Jefferson, as she celebrates 5 years as CEO and Owner of my behavioral health agency, Destination Greatness!

The event will feature expert speakers and panelist discussing pertinent issues for entrepreneurs and small business owners including branding, marketing, physical greatness, and finances. The Host, Speakers, and Panelists will be announced soon!

Enjoy live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres with Shanna, our VIP speakers, and special guests!

 

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Be a Friend, Lend your Ear.

After seeing one of my best friends experience an unimaginable loss over the Thanksgiving holiday, I felt the need to talk about how to  be there for someone.

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No one can get through devastating situations alone. It is important for people to understand, how to be there for someone who is beginning to start the grief process.

It is important for everyone to understand that people who are experiencing grief don’t always need someone to talk with, many times they just need someone around them. Having a person just to keep them company can help them with their grief.

Sometimes, as a friend or family member, you just need to lend your ear to listen to them, you don’t have to know what to say back, chances are they just need someone to talk to, not someone who will talk back.

Be there for your friend or family member to cry on. There’s an old saying, about a friend will always be a shoulder to cry on. They may not need to right away, but at some point, during their grieving process, they will likely just need someone to hold and comfort them.

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Let them know that you will be there no matter what, if it is just to check in on them, or stay with them for hours. It is important that your friend or family member knows you are there for whatever they need.

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Lastly, pray for your friend or family member. It is always important to pray for your loved ones, but they need it more than ever when they are going through the grieving process.

 

 

Keep on Keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.