Taking Time for Reflection
With the Winter Solstice come and gone last Wednesday and the New Year around the corner. We are surrounded by times of the year that encourage us to reflect on where we have been, where are we at, and where would we like to go on the pathway ahead. Yes, this time of the year is so busy for many, and it may be difficult to fine the time to pause, slow down and reflect, however with the busyness we need to find counterbalance. Find below some reflection questions to consider for yourself:
This time of year is difficult for many, with added stresses, family dynamics that can be taxing, obligations, financial expectations, people’s moods are generally lower and many have less energy. Add on top of that the implications of not having a “typical” Christmas since 2019 with the last two years of covid shutdowns and restrictions; and you have the combination of the "perfect storm". With the right coping tools and understanding of your triggers you can make it out the other side stronger this holiday season. Here are four considerations to help you through:
With the Holidays just around the corner and Christmas in less than two weeks away, many feel the crunch and pressure of this time of year. It is important to take care of yourself and to not attempt to do it all yourself. Here are four considerations below:
The late autumn and early winter tends to be a harder time of the year for many. Many wonder why, the Mayo Clinic states that reduced levels of sunlight in fall and winter months can contribute to varying levels of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The Cleveland Clinic states that 10-20% of people experience a mild version of SAD (also known as the “winter blues”), and that it is normal to experience some "winter blues" during the winter months being more inside and having less daylight hours; and 5% of people experience the full range of symptoms of SAD. I believe it is normal for our systems to slow down at this time of the year, as this is reflected in nature around us with a time of hibernation. It is important to adjust habits and expectations with the seasons. With the right supports you can make the most of the coming season. Here are four considerations below:
I have been working with parents for over 10 years. I have learned a great deal from them as well as from parenting my own children. It has taught me that parenting is the most trying job there is, requires the support of a village, and with the right supports can be truly rewarding.