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NYFA Well News Issue #11

Anxiety and Stress Support Group: Los Angeles
Tuesdays (Ongoing) at 12 p.m. PT
Join therapist Kathia Rabelo, LMFT in a supportive space for expressing weekly challenges in regard to anxiety and stress, including coping mechanisms and skill-building. This group will explore such themes as managing school, maintaining and developing relationships, safety, and empowerment. Develop a greater awareness of body/mind connectedness and strategies to better understand and manage difficult emotions.

LGBTQI+ Peer Support Group
Wednesdays (Ongoing) at 12 p.m. PT/ 3 p.m ET
Join therapist Kathia Rabelo, LMFT in exploring gender, sexuality and identity in a supportive space. This group will explore such themes as dating, loneliness, creativity and passion. Develop a stronger sense of awareness and mindfulness to feelings, exploring limits and boundaries of school, relationships and self.

Check out this great episode of “Checking In” about accepting our feelings. Interested in learning more coping skills? This podcast is for you!
Surrounded by messages of happiness, connection, and tradition, the holiday season can be particularly difficult for those of us grieving a loss. We know that people across the world are experiencing their first holiday season without someone they love. Whether it’s the first or the fiftieth year without your person, please know it’s OK to miss and celebrate them in whatever way suits you. Grief is a way to get through the pain of loss. Here are some tips from grief.com about remembering your loved one:

  • A prayer before the Holiday dinner, about your loved one.
  • Light a candle for your loved one.
  • Create an online tribute for them.
  • Share a favorite story about your loved one.
  • Have everyone tell a funny story about your loved one.
  • At your place of worship remember them in a prayer.
  • Chat online about them.
  • Here are some ideas about how to celebrate this very different holiday season from Mental Health America.
Peppermint Mocha
  • 2/3 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 packets stevia ( or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/8 tsp peppermint extract

Combine the coffee and half of the almond milk and warm in the microwave or stovetop until nice and hot. Stir in the cocoa powder, Stevia, and peppermint and mix until well combined.

Pour the remaining milk into a jar with a lid. Then shake it vigorously for 30-60 seconds until it is nice and frothy and has doubled in volume. Remove the lid and microwave for 30-60 seconds until milk is warm and froth has moved to the top. Use a spoon to hold the froth in the cup and pour the warm milk into the mocha. Then use a spoon to scoop the foam on top.

If you do not want to make the frothed milk, you can also add it to a blender for about 30 seconds to create more froth in the latte.
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