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Defeat Loneliness, You are not Alone
"You can feel lonely even among a hundred people." We live in the most technologically connected period, and yet we are lonelier than ever. Feeling lonely is not something wrong. But when it is treated as a taboo or as something "not supposed to feel", then it generates more negative feelings, such as shame, guilt, which result to less self-confidence and more self-defeating beliefs and behaviors, and hence more loneliness (vicious circle). ​Let's change that. This workshop will give you the useful insights and the mental tools you need in order to understand and defeat loneliness. In this workshop, you will learn how to: -identify feelings of loneliness and find their cause -not judge yourself for feeling different than others -build a sense of belonging and acceptance -become your own closest friend and connect with others in a more deep and authentic way -increase your resilience and your self-compassion -turn your emotional wounds into strengths But not only that! -You will gain back your confidence and enjoy more your social life but also you won't be afraid of your alone time! LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE - REGISTER NOW FOR TICKETS PLEASE VISIT - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understand-embrace-and-defeat-loneliness-tickets-50262472408 Kind regards, Vassia Sarantopoulou Counselor-Psychologist http://www.antiloneliness.com

AntiLoneliness

Schipholweg 103 · Leiden

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    What we're about

    After the loss of a parent, your everyday life is utterly changed and the pain you feel is a deep grief which makes everything so difficult to cope with.

    In our culture we rush to put a lid on emotions and the natural process that needs to happen to deal with loss and grief.

    But we can't skip emotional steps! Just burying the feelings will not help us deal with the loss, save the memories of our beloved person, live authentically, or move forward with real freedom. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups give you the opportunity to share your story openly and guilt-free.

    We all need a support system to help us as we move through our grief journey. While family and friends are vital, they cannot always support us, either because they are struggling to deal with their own grief, or because they simply don’t “get” it. That is where support groups can become a valuable resource.

    It is proved that people who have participated in our group for a few months have felt more in peace with the (painful) grieving process, less lonely, more connected with others and belonging to a group, and they have admitted that they can cope better with their daily life.

    We form groups where people can come and share all these painful emotions and get support from peers who have gone through similar experience. Our counselor holds the scientific background to support us through such an overwhelming experience.

    In our groups, you can find:
    -Emotional support in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
    -Understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss.
    -The opportunity to begin the healing process through sharing your own story and hearing the stories of others.
    -Coping skills to help you through the most difficult days of your grief journey.
    -The opportunity to discover new “routines” and ideas to keep loved ones present in your hearts and in your memories.
    -Increased understanding of how others react to loss and how to help them support you better.
    -Permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life.

    Some of the topics we go through are:
    -Stages of grief
    -Managing flashbacks
    -Going through the "year of first's" (first Christmas, first holidays, first birthday, etc)
    -Troubled sleep
    -Meaningful rituals
    -Dealing with depression
    -Handling holidays
    -Dealing with the possessions of the loved one
    -Reinvesting life
    -Failing to grieve
    ​-Complicated grief
    -Self-care
    -Daily demands At our meetings we provide positive support in a NON-JUDGMENTAL setting where each member has a chance to discuss the evening's topic or any issue that is relevant to his/her situation.

    DO NOT FORGET: While death is the end of a relationship, it also provides the opportunity for re-evaluating life and your relationships.

    Bring only your concerns, questions, open minds and warm hearts!

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