Coping With Cancelled Summertime Events

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.


Talking Points on What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview
On the Emotional Impact of Cancelled Summertime Events:

  • How do we deal with disappointment?
  • Do we need to put this in perspective as more than 100,000 have died?
  • What are some strategies that can help us manage our emotions

How to Cope With Disappointment

  • Lots of these summer events are things that we look forward to every year, so it makes sense that there will be feelings of disappointment or loss. So go ahead and feel that! Cry, vent to a friend, journal, look through old pictures—whatever you need to do to MOVE THROUGH those feelings.

  • Once you’ve really felt your feelings, then it can be helpful to put things in perspective. Yes, this year might be a total mess . . . or the next two years, but we can deal with it. There are people all over the world who are dying because of COVID. We can handle this.

  • Just because the big events we were looking forward to aren’t going to happen doesn’t mean we have to be cooped up in our homes either! Figuring out what else we can put on our calendars that give us something to look forward to can be really helpful!

  • Figure out what exactly you are missing (hanging out with friends, live music, new foods, etc.) and find a way to make that happen. For example, if you’re really missing Taste of Chicago, perhaps you can have some friends over in your backyard to try a bunch of new foods. Missing live music? Do a search of your area to figure out if there are any outdoor bars or restaurants that have anyone come and play. This is a great opportunity to get creative and make some new fun and new memories.


Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., received both her Masters and Doctorate from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.  She’s the Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health, PC, a boutique group practice specializing in Women and Trauma with locations in Chicago and Oak Park.

She was named one of the “Top 100 Women in Chicago Making a Difference” by Today’s Chicago Woman.  Dr. Cira is a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, activist, wife, and Mommy to two little ones.

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