Free Local Workshop Addresses Toll Of ‘Winter Blues’

This time of year can bring with it a range of emotional issues for a variety of reasons — but there are some steps anyone can take to cope with the seasonal stress.

Next Step Ministries is hosting a workshop this month that aims to provide tools for those who struggle with the “winter blues.”

Victim advocate Christina Alvaro is leading the event at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and spoke to Scope News about what attendees can expect.

“I will be sharing information on what self-care is, why it is important, and different ways to practice it,” she said, citing examples such as journaling and meditation.

Participants will be able to take part in a number of relevant activities and leave with handouts that outline additional helpful strategies.

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“We know that January can be a particularly difficult time of the year for many people,” Alvaro added. “There can be financial stress, lingering grief from the holidays, loneliness, and isolation. We wanted to offer a workshop that allowed people in the community to come together to discuss ways in which people can take care of themselves and practice self-care.”

She explained that, although Next Step Ministries primarily assists victims of domestic violence, this event is open to the public.

“In general, everyone can benefit from self-care,” Alvaro said. “This workshop is geared toward adults, but you do not have to be a survivor of domestic violence [or] sexual assault to participate.”

The 90-minute workshop will be held at Next Step Ministry’s main office, 210 N. Main St. The event is free and will include light refreshments. Those who have questions or are interested in participating should contact Alvaro by Wednesday via email at christina@nextstepdv.org or by calling (336) 413-7054 ext. 109.

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