Holiday Stress & Depression: Tips for Coping

319693504_bd75a21dfa_mIt’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but weather, additional responsibilities and commitments, and the holidays themselves can wear us down and leave us feeling stressed and/or depressed. It’s important to get help if you have serious feelings of depression, but there are things you can do to alleviate some of these feelings and get through the holiday season.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings.
  2. Reach out.
  3. Be realistic.
  4. Set aside differences.
  5. Stick to a budget.
  6. Plan ahead.
  7. Learn to say no.
  8. Don’t abandon your healthy habits.
  9. Take a breather.
  10. Get professional help if you need it.

These tips were taken from a post by the Mayo Clinic. Read the full post here. And remember, we’re here to help! Give us a call if you need a shoulder.

Stress Elf image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Dylan Tweney.

Martin Waymire Gives – Vote Today!

10394089_10152739665583880_3043060073839145476_nWe are thrilled to be a part of Martin Waymire’s annual giving campaign this month. With our 10th anniversary coming, we have a lots to celebrate, but lots of work to do in 2015!

They say: “Martin Waymire wants to give back to the community this holiday season by providing ‘New Beginnings’ for others in our community. Martin Waymire has plenty of new beginnings to celebrate amongst ourselves. We recently celebrated a 10th anniversary, announced a dynamic new partnership with advertising firm Brogan & Partners, welcomed two staff members’ babies into the Martin Waymire Family and our team has grown with a new graphic designer and two senior account executives!”

All you have to do is visit the Martin Waymire Gives website and cast your vote for the Women’s Center! Try to remember to vote every day between now and December 19th. You can vote once per day! And spread the word with your friends, get them to vote too!

We ARE celebrating a great new beginning and launching some exciting new things in 2015. Help us continue to grow and serve the Lansing community by voting today.

Why Support the Women’s Center?

GT_Gift_2014For nearly 10 years, the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing has been serving the needs of members of the Lansing community. From job training to support groups, from family counseling, to a wig and prosthetic bank, the Center fills a lot of gaps in support services in the area. To date, we have served over 5,000 women.

Though the Center has received some grant money, the bulk of the operating funds are provided by private donors either directly to the Center or through events and fundraisers. You can help us continue our mission to help women find economic and emotional stability. As you consider your end of the year giving, we would love for you to find out more about how the Women’s Center will use your donation to help a young, displaced mother find adequate work to provide for herself and her children or support an empty-nester who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. And any number of women and situations in between.

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, and we’d love for you to think of us as you participate. You can learn more about Giving Tuesday and make your donation HERE.

Thank you again for all your support.

What does the Women’s Center DO?


Recently, a Center client was interviewed for a piece on WILX TV. (See the clip here.) Shortly after the clip aired, Donna interviewed for and was offered a position! She is now happily working and giving back to the Lansing community.

What part do you play in her story? It is donors like you who help the Women’s Center offer a number of services that help job-seekers find jobs. Donna does not have a computer at home and spent as many hours at the Center while she was completing her degree and starting her job search. She was able to access our clothes closet for interview apparel and wore something she found in the closet to her interview.

So thank you! It is your donations that keep our computer lab open and our interview closet stocked and ready for such an occasion. You can help others just like Donna by donating today!