When we're experiencing a challenging event or time in our life, it can feel absolutely devastating. In the moment, it can seem difficult to impossible even imagining surviving, let alone ever feeling happy again. To maintain a healthy perspective in the middle of a rough period takes practice. Saying things like, "this is so difficult and painful but I know the worst of it is temporary," can help. The emotional pain can easily distract and trick us into believing it will never leave. If you hear yourself thinking or saying the words "never" and "always" (For instance, "I'll never get over this" or, "I'll always feel this way") you can be sure you've lost your healthy perspective. It's so important for us to remember that indeed we can and will get through it, with proper support. From my personal and professional experience, I can say with conviction that we can actually emerge from the crisis better and stronger than before.

Dr. Shosh

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Dr. Shoshana Bennett

Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist focusing on moods, pregnancy, and postpartum depression.

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