healthy mindset is an essential component to overall wellness. If there are
personal, interpersonal, or environmental challenges affecting your outlook and
mental health, you can be held back from an overall fulfilled life. We all
experience ups and downs, and engaging in therapy, whether for recurring downs
or a short-term situation or crisis, can bring personal emotional growth and a
more satisfying life.
you are experiencing any of the following challenges, consider
reaching out and making an appointment with a therapist:
- Relationship & Family Challenges
you find yourself often annoyed or arguing with your partner? Are you having
trouble communicating with your children? Do you have trouble setting
boundaries with family?
- Grieving the loss of a loved one
you experienced loss? Loss can be more than the passing of a loved one, it
could be an estrangement or illness that has changed the lifestyle of our loved
one. Loss can lead to feelings of sadness, depression, loneliness and
can look like many things – feeling excessively tired, isolated, sad, an
overall loss of interest in things you once enjoyed and difficulty
concentrating. If you can identify that one or more of these symptoms is
affecting your day to day life, it can be a sign of depression.
to depression, chronic anxiety can show itself in many ways – worrying,
constantly thinking about past situations, overthinking and catastrophizing
(thinking the worst will occur in current or future situations)
deeply affects individuals who experience it and can be from domestic violence,
sexual abuse or assault, life threatening incidents or other negative impactful
fear of deportation – for an individual or for their loved one – can deeply
impact day to day mental health.
Dealing with the diagnosis of a serious illness for yourself or a
loved one or the responsibility of caring for a family member with a
serious illness or chronic condition can be very draining on one’s mental
If you are ready to look for a therapist in your area, JFCS is
here for residents of Mercer County to provide individual, compassionate care
with licensed therapists. Our therapists can help you through the difficult
times. Consider making that call to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Does your heart beat faster ahead of that big test or
presentation at work? Do your palms get sweaty when confronted with an
overwhelming task or looming event?
If anxiety is impacting your day to day life, it is
important to recognize the signs as well as your triggers. Signs of anxiety can
include intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday
situations (Did I reply to that email? Did that person misunderstand my
tone? Did I pay that bill? Should I have said something different to my child/spouse/coworker/friend?);
fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and sometimes feeling tired.
Common triggers for anxiety include existing and/or ongoing
health issues, financial problems, negative thinking, stress, social events,
school or employment.
In order to cope with recurring anxiety it can be beneficial
to eat balanced meals, exercise, and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
When you find yourself in a moment of heightened anxiety, try
4 – 7 – 8 Breathing Exercise:
The following steps should be carried out in the cycle of a
First, let your lips part. Make a whooshing sound, exhaling
completely through your mouth.
Next, close your lips, inhaling silently through your nose
as you count to four in your head.
Then, for seven seconds, hold your breath.
Make another whooshing exhale from your mouth for eight
The Five Senses
Take a breath and look around you, wherever you are,
try to notice…
5 things that you can see,
4 things that you can feel,
3 things that you can hear,
2 things that you can smell,
And 1 thing you can taste.
This technique can help focus your senses on your
surroundings instead of your anxiety.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation:
Identify a specific muscle group –
your hands, arms, neck, shoulder – and hold that muscle tense for five seconds
then release. Work head-to-toe, tensing and releasing your muscles. By
honing in on each group, you will better understand all of the muscles that can
be affected by anxiety.
When you’re feeling anxious on a regular basis, about
recurring commitments or events, a long-term option to help reduce your
symptoms is journaling. Journaling can be narrative, as in jotting down a few
experiences you had during the day and how those events, interactions or
moments of inspiration made you feel. You can also try gratitude journaling, making
a note of the things you experience during the day for which you are grateful.
You can choose and vary how long that list is each day and how much detail you
want to write.
What if journaling and breathing exercises are not
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life, however,
anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with
an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.
If symptoms interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school
work, or relationships, the best step for you is to seek therapeutic services.
The world we live in is quite stressful.
When life feels a little out of control either because you are feeling a
depressed or anxious or believe that anxiety and depression are causing
problems in your life, our therapists can assist you in building the skills to
get back on track.
How are you going to pay the rent, get promoted, help your child…when
these thoughts run through your head it can cause a significant amount of
stress and anxiety that keeps you in a state of panic. This anxiety can make
you uncomfortable and possibly shut you down from moving forward. We understand
and can help you start to put systems in place to not only make your situation
better but also relax into enjoying life.
Depression: Everyone is sad every now and again…and a
few days can be normal. But if you suffer from prolonged periods of sadness, it
is time to talk to a professional. Depression looks like many things and our
counselors help those in the Greater Mercer County area start to move forward a
bit and combat or at least learn to deal with the sadness and lead a happy and
Couples Therapy: Marriage and
relationships, in general, can be difficult to navigate at times. All marriages
have bumps in the road including infertility, financial struggles, differences
of opinions in raising children. It can
be tough. Sometimes talking through your issues with a marriage counselor can
work wonders. Without taking sides our psychologists can help you and your significant
other some different ways to communicate to ease tension and focus on building
your loving relationship.
When you are looking for a therapist
there may be a crisis that you or your entire family is trying to handle. And
if you are looking for a provider who accepts your insurance, those options are
even more limited. Here in Mercer County, NJ, our therapists can help with a
variety of issues and provide coping skills to get your life back on track. We
are able to take most private insurance plans as well as those with Medicare,
Medicaid and the uninsured.
The day to day of life may seem
overwhelming to manage and we are here to help.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County is proud to announce that we have received Charity Navigator’s top rating of 4 stars.
Charity Navigator is an online rating system that donors can use to intelligently decide where their money is best directed. The 4-Star rating means that JFCS has passed a stringent vetting and has come out fulfilling all of the necessary requirements for the award.
A 4-star rating from Charity Navigator proves that JFCS is an exceptional charity and that we exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in our category.
Of note, The New York Times quoted Sandra Miniutti, a spokeswoman for Charity Navigator, as saying “Generally, a good benchmark for a worthwhile charity is having at least 75 percent of income spent on programs, or the nonprofit’s mission.” You will be happy to know that JFCS spends 89.6% of every donated dollar on programs and services for the local, Mercer County community.
We thank our loyal donors and hope future donors will take this information and choose JFCS as their charity of choice.
We know that Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County is important to you and we are grateful that you have supported the agency, maybe for many years or maybe just a few. We also know that there will continue to be vulnerable members of the Greater Mercer County community. They are young families struggling to make ends meet and need the Healthy Food Pantry and case management services; older adults longing for social connections so they participate in our Kosher Cafés; and finally, individuals dealing with depression or trauma who need mental health counseling
You want to make certain that JFCS continues to have the financial resources to take proper care of your neighbors and community for the long-term. But how can you guarantee this will happen?
Planned Giving is a charitable vehicle that many non-profit organizations offer. Through Planned Giving, you guarantee that the values you cherish will continue at JFCS.
What a wonderful legacy you can create!
March 2017 is Life & Legacy Month here at JFCS. JFCS has been an active partner since 2013 in the community-wide Life & Legacy program that educates donors on the ease of Planned Giving. The program is developing a culture of Planned Giving in the Jewish community in Greater Mercer County.
We invite you to join with JFCS’ other Life & Legacy donors and safeguard our future. There are a variety of financial options that will suit your interests and needs, as explained in the Life & Legacy brochure. Just sign a Promise Card today, stating your intentions, and you can finalize the gift at a later date. JFCS offers special recognition and benefits to our Life & Legacy donors.
Will you be our next member?
For more information about the program, please view our website at https://www.jfcsonline.org/life-legacy/.
Life & Legacy is a partnership program with The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and local Jewish nonprofit organizations, including Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County.
This Is Hunger Comes to Our Community!
The faces of hunger in America are both familiar and hidden from view, yet they are all too real and far too many.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County is proud to host This Is Hunger, an interactive experience on wheels (literally, it’s a big rig!) brought to us by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
The 53-foot-long double expandable trailer is parked and open on both sides and provides almost 1,000 square feet of interior space to take participants on a voyage of awareness and activism: to help them understand the stark reality of hunger in America and to spark their commitment to taking action that will help end hunger once and for all.
Inside the truck, the experience is divided into two parts. First, participants are invited to sit at a communal table and virtually “meet” real people struggling with hunger. Portraits are projected at each end of the table, one by one, as individuals share their stories in their own voices and in their own words. At the end of part one, participants are invited to engage in activities that deepen their awareness about the complexities of being hungry and join MAZON in educating the rest of our nation and advocating for change.
This Is Hunger is open to the community and will be at located at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 from Tuesday, March 21 until Thursday, March 23. There are tours open to the entire community. To see when the truck is open and reserve your free tickets, visit thisishunger.org and click on Find Tickets. For questions, please contact: Lisa Adler, Coordinator of Community Engagement & Volunteers at JFCS at LisaA@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 X113. We look forward to seeing you in the truck!