Jana Svoboda, LCSW

Jana Svoboda, LCSW Pragmatic strengths and solution focused psychotherapy. Free and low cost mental health education and support groups, generously funded by individuals and sales of plants, treasures, and pandemic craftiness.
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My practice is closed to new clients. This page features posts from my blog and articles I feel merit a read, announcements of Mental Health events, occasional polls, and a reminder that if you are struggling right now, you are not alone. Let’s hold each other above the water.

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Feeling less than enthusiastic about returning to the bustling crowds?  You got good, albeit nervous, company.  We human...
04/27/2021

Feeling less than enthusiastic about returning to the bustling crowds? You got good, albeit nervous, company.

We humans are so darn adaptable that we’ve quickly forgotten how to be around each other. It sort of like visiting relatives you rarely see— do you try to catch up on everything when there’s way to much, or just make polite uncomfortable small talk?

If you’re interested in conversation (via zoom) on this topic, comment here— we’re going to have a meetup for us socially awkward types, now that we’re the norm. If you’d rather not comment on the page, send me a direct message.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/04/24/awkward-social-pandemic-return/

Feeling less than enthusiastic about returning to the bustling crowds? You got good, albeit nervous, company.

We humans are so darn adaptable that we’ve quickly forgotten how to be around each other. It sort of like visiting relatives you rarely see— do you try to catch up on everything when there’s way to much, or just make polite uncomfortable small talk?

If you’re interested in conversation (via zoom) on this topic, comment here— we’re going to have a meetup for us socially awkward types, now that we’re the norm. If you’d rather not comment on the page, send me a direct message.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/04/24/awkward-social-pandemic-return/

A poem on gratitude, by Mary Oliver My work is loving the world.Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—   equal seek...
01/25/2021

A poem on gratitude, by Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever. —Mary Oliver

Jana Svoboda, LCSW
07/22/2020

Jana Svoboda, LCSW

Such odd times.  So much sadness, so much beauty— like regular life but so very much more compacted.  Please remember th...
03/26/2020
How Loneliness from Coronavirus Isolation Takes Its Toll

Such odd times. So much sadness, so much beauty— like regular life but so very much more compacted. Please remember that a whole range of emotions are normal right now, and be willing to be a compassionate witness to them to yourself and others. You may see yourself or others using denial and minimizing the importance of social isolation/distancing to manage the anxiety. Again, be compassionate, but please take this seriously to keep us ALL safer.
Reach out. Notice what is beautiful. Help one another. And keep well.
Jana
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-loneliness-from-coronavirus-isolation-takes-its-own-toll?fbclid=IwAR05lNFUXMa0fU0TqoYK_4Ez98rFQ9emcJcKqA5Zoxo7Jp2APSEw7W7GyGY

“Just like we’re worried about an economic recession, we should worry about a social recession,” a neuroscientist says.

calm in the this of Corona.
03/22/2020
DCTherapist on Twitter

calm in the this of Corona.

“Are you aware of what you can control and can’t control during these times? What can you let go of? #pandemic #coronavirus #Mentalhealth #socialmedia”

I follow science and medicine news closely, and public health is my avocation.  We are likely going to be seeing a lot o...
03/02/2020
Dr. Dena Grayson @DrDenaGrayson

I follow science and medicine news closely, and public health is my avocation. We are likely going to be seeing a lot of COVID-19 in the area soon. This video offers good information.
Prepare, but don’t panic.
WASH YOUR HANDS! Often and well.
RefIll medications now while supplies are good.
Don’t wipe out the supermarketsl but have a couple of weeks of provisions on hand in case of quarantine.
Get good sleep and eat nutritiously.
Take care of your mental health. We can get through this together. Most people will be only mildly sick or sick for a few days if they get it.

BUT:
if you are sick, please stay home. Please.
Even though this will be mild for most people, it can be deadly for the elderly or those with preexisting conditions such as diabetes. Even if you feel up to going out/to work, you may infect others.
if you are sick and suspect COVID-19, call your provider or ER before showing up. Testing is not widely available, and you may be directed elsewhere.
Cough into a tissue, your shoulder, but not your hands or open air.

Be well.
Jana

🎥 Friends, I discuss the #CoronavirusOutbreak was, what’s likely next, and what you need to do. #coronavirus #COVID19

Let's restart a culture of politeness.
01/14/2020
January 14th Challenge: Mind Your Manners

Let's restart a culture of politeness.

The last few years have taken their toll on common courtesy. A nasty sort of partisanship has entered our politics, and name-calling and ...

Baby, it's cold outside.  Time to cozy up.
01/13/2020
January 13th Challenge: Get Hygge with it

Baby, it's cold outside. Time to cozy up.

Hope some of you had good experiences with Complaint Free Sunday. I woke way earlier than I wanted and began my morning with a litany befor...

Thankful I remembered to do this during an unusually busy week :)
01/09/2020
January 9th Challenge: Thankful Thursday

Thankful I remembered to do this during an unusually busy week :)

What are you thankful for today? There's good research to show that an attitude of gratitude will increase your sense of well-being and op...

Getting Wabi With It
01/08/2020
January 8th Challenge: Wabi Sabi Wednesday

Getting Wabi With It

natural cycle of growth and decay Today's Tiny Resolution is to intentionally look for imperfections and find the beauty within them. T...

Channel your heros:  Tuesday challenge.
01/07/2020
January 7th Challenge: What Would Dolly Do?

Channel your heros: Tuesday challenge.

From the Pass It On campaign Hope you had some intentional mellowing of your Monday. I did some mandala coloring with a client (her goo...

Get ready to get all melty relaxed.  I'm not asking much, just a mindful carve out of at least fifteen minutes with the ...
01/06/2020
January 6th Challenge: Mellow Out Monday

Get ready to get all melty relaxed. I'm not asking much, just a mindful carve out of at least fifteen minutes with the soul goal of practicing the life skill of relaxation. See the offical challenge by linking below. And let me know what you did! You're a mysterious group.I want details!

Learn anything new Sunday? I learned a bit of Portuguese, a t shirt folding technique, and that the Oulu neutron counts are currently very...

Let's practice mindfulness by feeding ourselves with love and intention today. Send pictures in the comments!
01/04/2020
January 4th Challenge: Cook with love and mindfulness

Let's practice mindfulness by feeding ourselves with love and intention today. Send pictures in the comments!

There's few things in the world more primal than eating. We do it mindlessly every day. But feeding ourselves or others is an act of ...

Opening ourselves up to all that is.
01/03/2020
January Third Challenge: Be a Big Container

Opening ourselves up to all that is.

This is a repeat of a post from 2010, and a line many of my clients have heard. It seems especially apt today, this third day of a new ye...

January Second Challenge:  Move it into your world
01/02/2020
January Second Challenge: Tiny Resolutions

January Second Challenge: Move it into your world

You made it through the first day of the new decade! Congratulations. Hope you had time for some reflection on the past year(s) and bega...

it's that time again.  Come for some, come for all.  Let me know what's working or not.  We are all here, says Chas Buko...
01/01/2020
The January Challenge Begins!

it's that time again. Come for some, come for all. Let me know what's working or not. We are all here, says Chas Bukowski, to walk each other home. And yep, that's where the heart is, just waiting for us to enter.

January Tiny Resolutions Thirty Day Challenge is back 💖 Time to walk through that gate Happy new decade! That last one wasn't such a...

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