This will be the last blog entry for 2021, and will recommence in 2022. The theme of this blog is connected to this decision to take a pause even with the ability to schedule posts ahead of time, I think it is important to have times of the year where we disconnect from the constant connection to social media, screens, etc. This blog is focused on invitations to support ways to be present during the last part of this year:
1. Minimize screen time. Whether for you this means putting it on silent for the day and only checking it every couple of hours, or using an app to be mindful of your usage, or to commit to yourself to not check your phone while present with your children.
2. Getting outside together. Having regular outside time as a family can do wonders for connection, self-regulation, and being present to the changing of the season. The winter solstice December 21 2021.
3. Find time to do nothing. Literally planning on the calendar downtime over the holidays to go with the flow of the day without the pressures of long to do lists.
4. Make a commitment to yourself of one way you will support yourself to be present each day, whether you turn on music and are present in the dancing moment with your children, or you commit to yourself to do short grounding or meditation each morning.
I wish you the gift of presence, and your ability to integrate this in meaningful ways for your own family!
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.