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Shattering Holiday Myths: Real Talk on Loneliness & Grief

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 Why are the holidays always the hardest to get through?

In this heartfelt episode of From Text To Testimony, we explore the profound impact of the pandemic on our collective mental health. Tune in as we delve deep into how to navigate the complex emotions of the holiday season.

  • Jon discusses the collective trauma and postponed grief caused by the pandemic, emphasizing the need for intentional mourning.
  • We address the rise in depression, anxiety, and loneliness during the holidays and share personal experiences to shed light on these issues.
  • Insights on the cultural and sentimental significance of holiday traditions, like making tamales and baking day rituals, are shared by Jon and Andy.
  • Megan and Andy open up about their personal struggles with grief counseling and mental health, highlighting complex PTSD and anxiety disorders.
  • Practical advice is offered for coping with negative thoughts and anxiety, with discussions on retraining the brain and being honest with oneself. 

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Andy Mage
Andy Mage

Andy is the Digital Pastor for Bay Hope Church, located in Tampa, FL. He was a worship pastor for 10 years before that, and can routinely be found drinking every single drop of coffee he sees. Andy lives in Odessa, FL, with his amazing wife and 3 amazing kids.

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