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Monday, September 18th, 2023

by Melanie VanderPol-Bailey, MSW, CSW-PIP


This week Thursday marks the arrival of Fall. For many farmers and ranchers, harvest is already in full swing as silage piles are replenished and reserved for the colder days ahead.  This can be a very busy season in rural South Dakota, filled with Friday night football, homecoming parades, pumpkin patches and harvest time. 

Life is full of seasons.  Seasons related to weather, seasons in relationships, seasons in emotional health, seasons of physical health and spiritual seasons.  Whatever the season or pace, time keeps moving forward.  As many of you gear up for long hours in field, in the kitchen, the office, the classroom, or on the road, consider your unique map for health and well-being. 

Farmers know a key to a successful harvest is having machinery that is tuned up and ready to go.  Consider your needs for whatever season you may be experiencing.  Are there areas in your life that are in need of a tune up? Rest, water, healthy diet and exercise are simple but vital ways to sustain a busy period.  Connectedness and supportive persons make all seasons more tolerable.

If you are experiencing a season that feels overwhelming and unmanageable, talking to a psychotherapist may be helpful.  At River Counseling Services in Platte, Sioux Falls Psychological Services, and Stronghold Counseling Services in Sioux Falls and in Yankton -who will meet you where you are, offering hope. That is our mission. You may schedule an appointment at the Platte office at 605-337-3444 or meet with one of our Sioux Falls or Yankton based therapists from your computer, smartphone, or in person at any of our clinics. To schedule an appointment, please call 605-334-2696.